When you face the Jaguars, who ran 47 times for 163 yards last week, your run defense needs to be at its best. One of the cogs in the Jets' front seven, LB David Harris, didn't practice Wednesday because of a toe injury.
Rex Ryan didn't provide any details about the injury, but he said the $36 million inside linebacker will play Sunday against the Jaguars. If not, they'd have to play Josh Mauga.
REX SECOND GUESSES HIMSELF: RT Wayne Hunter struggled against the Cowboys, mostly against sack artist DeMarcus Ware. Everybody saw it. In retrospect, Ryan said maybe they should've given some help to Hunter, who allowed one sack and a handful of pressures. But Ryan continued to support Hunter, the newest member of the offensive line.
"Wayne's a great athlete," Ryan said. "He did a great job against some of the best pass rushers in this league the last four games that he played for us (in 2010) -- the kid from Pittsburgh, (LaMarr) Woodley and (James) Harrison, and Indianapolis. (There have been) a lot of guys he's done a lot of good things against."
Actually, Hunter allowed four sacks in three regular-season starts last season, according to STATS LLC. He started the final two playoff games, replacing the injured (and now retired) Damien Woody.
LOOKING FOR A PASS RUSHER: On Tuesday, the Jets worked out former Redskins OLB Chris Wilson, according to a source. They also visited with former Patriots OLB Tully Banta-Cain. Detect a trend? They appear to be looking for an experienced outside linebacker to join Calvin Pace, Bryan Thomas and Jamaal Westerman. In the preseason, they took a look at former Bills No. 1 pick Aaron Maybin before releasing him on the final cutdown. Maybin has yet to sign with another team.
LEWIS A QUESTION MARK: The Jets are paying close attention to TE Marcedes Lewis (calf), who didn't practice. The Jets' problems with tight ends have been well-documented, and Ryan said half-jokingly that he thinks Lewis should take the week off to save himself for a long season. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio was non-committal on Lewis, saying they will evaluate him as the week goes on.
THE HAMPTON CUP: Whenever the Jets and Jaguars face each other, it's a battle of Hampton vs. Hampton. Clay Hampton is a former equipment manager and current director of operations, Drew Hampton is the Jaguars' equipment manager. They used to play for the Hampton Cup, but as noted by Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew on a conference call with the New York media, it's now the Bill Hampton, Jr. Memorial Cup.
It's named after their older brother, Bill, who worked with the Jets until 1994 and died in July at the age of 51. The patriarch of the family is Bill Hampton, Sr., who served as the Jets' equipment managed for more than three decades.
ODDS AND ENDS: Del Rio on former Jets DBs Dwight Lowery and Drew Coleman: "They're good. They've been well-schooled. Rex and those guys up there did a nice job. Obviously, they have such great numbers in their secondary, they were able to let us have a couple, so we appreciate that." ... Whatever happened to the football that Plaxico Burress gave his son after scoring against the Cowboys? Burress said Elijah, 4, fell asleep holding the ball in the back seat of their car on the way home from the game.