Here's something that doesn't happen every day in the NFL: Before submitting a waiver claim Tuesday for former Buffalo Bills starting QB Trent Edwards, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan ran it by Kellen Clemens, his No. 3 quarterback.
Clemens gave a thumb's up. Edwards wound up going to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who were higher than the Jets on the waiver priority list. If they had landed Edwards, the Jets would've kept four quarterbacks.
The always-candid Ryan admitted his interest in Edwards was due, in large part, to the Jets' upcoming game Sunday against the Bills.
"The obvious thing would be to say we were going to pick his brain, and that's absolutelt true," Ryan said, laughing. "But the other thing is, I think the young man can play."
Ryan said he met with Clemens and asked him, "Are you OK with this?" Clemens, forced to take a significant pay cut to retain a roster spot, appreciated the gesture. He claimed he didn't take offense to the team's interest in Edwards.
"I understand why they were interested," he said. "Who are we playing this week? Why did the Patriots sign (former Jet) Danny Woodhead?"
Good point. Of course, Edwards makes $97,000 per week, which would've made him an awfully expensive "spy" if that was the sole reason for wanting him.
Other notes from Florham Park:
• It looks like backup OT Wayne Hunter (bruised shin) will miss his second straight game. The injury is getting worse, according to Ryan.
• Backup LB Jamaal Westerman (ankle) also didn't practice. As for the much-discussed hamstring "tweak," it appears to have magically disappeared. Judging from the smile on Ryan's face, it was the hamstring injury that wasn't ... RT Damien Woody missed practice because of a personal issue ... C Nick Mangold (shoulder) and LB Jason Taylor (elbow) practiced on a limited basis.