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Ex-Jet Kendall’s departure provides guard opening

                                                                                          Former Jets offensive guard Pete Kendall’s trade to the Washington Redskins has provided that window of opportunity for some players; at least three for the time being.  As of right now, it appears that the leading candidates to nab the vacant guard position are backup center Wade Smith, and offensive tackles Adrian Jones and Jacob Bender; also in the running is guard Adrien Clarke.

Bender, a sixth-round pick from Nicholls State, has seen the majority of snaps at guard and is expected to start against the New York Giants on Saturday.  But you can assume based on the lack of experience, the Jets will be actively scanning the waiver wire for a more experienced guard.  Because the left guard is an important position (meaning protecting the quarterback’s blind side), it will be imperative that whoever the Jets eventually decide to be the starter will obviously need to step up their game.

Apparently QB Chad Pennington carries no concerns about the iffy guard situation, telling J.P. Pelzman of NorthJersey.com, “If [the Jets’ management] thought our guys couldn’t do it, they wouldn’t put someone in harm’s way.  That’s my hope.  I have confidence that it will work out.”  That’s all well and good Chad, but I bet you don’t say that after your first major hit from your left side.  And I wonder if the Jets will regret letting Kendall go.  A key thing to remember – the Jets have until Tuesday to reduce their roster to 75 and to 53 by September 1, so they really need to make a decision quickly.


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