While perennial All Pro center Nick Mangold's status remains uncertain for Sunday's game, the Jets have given first team reps to both Wesley Johnson and Dakota Dozier at practice this week.
"They all have to communicate and be on the same page. If you just say, 'Those two now are controlling the whole thing, that's not going to fly. That won't fly," said offensive coordinator Chan Gailey today. "Everybody has to commit to that and being part of the communication process. If they do, we'll be just fine."
While Mangold continues to rehab his neck, veteran RB Stevan Ridley is practicing full and appears closer to a return to the active roster.
"He's looked better this week than he did last week. I think he's more comfortable running now, he was a little ginger the first few times," Gailey said. "It's been better lately and he seems to be running with more confidence and doing things with more confidence. He looked pretty good today."
Raiders QB Derek Carr is off to a terrific start while completing 65.8% of his passes with 11 TD and 3 INT. Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers, who was the Dolphins DL coach last September when Miami crushed the Raiders 38-14, says Carr is a completely different player.
"With the offense he's in right now, they're letting him cut loose… They like to throw the ball down the field," Rodgers said. "This guy has outstanding arm talent and he's really a threat to run because he's athletic, he has arm talent and he's really making good decisions."
While AC/DC continue to grab most of the headlines, Rodgers has also been impressed with RB Latavius Murray.
"This guy is really going to be an up-and-coming back," said the Jets defensive coordinator. "He has all the physical tools and the thing is he's a three-down back. When he comes downhill, he's a load."
Specials teams coordinator Bobby April said P Ryan Quigley, who had an infection last week, has a clean bill of health. April will know this week's opponent well after having serving the previous two seasons in a similar capacity with the Raiders.