FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - It might seem that the pursuit of Jason Taylor is an indictment of Bryan Thomas, who started all of last season at the position Taylor probably would take if he does sign with the Jets. But according to a league source familiar with the Jets' thinking, the team does not see Taylor as a replacement for Thomas. The Jets' plan likely would be to use them in conjunction with each other, playing Thomas against the run and bringing Taylor in as a third-down pass rusher.
Still, that didn't make Thomas seem any more comfortable with seeing Taylor walking the halls of the Jets' complex Thursday. "I'm not going to hate on him or anything," Thomas said uneasily. "If it's something to improve the team, then I'm all for it."
Thomas said he spoke with defensive coordinator Mike Pettine about the position and how the Jets are looking for a linebacker who can rush the passer as well as drop into coverage. But he was concerned enough about Taylor's presence to say that he planned on calling his agent to find out where he stands with the Jets.
"My productivity as far as getting the sacks wasn't there, but a lot of times that's not what I was doing," Thomas said. "If they feel like they want to go that route, then I'm all for it."
Kicker Nick Folk said he fell into bad habits while rehabbing from right hip surgery during the offseason before the 2009 season, which accounted for poor results and his release by the Cowboys. Now that he's with the Jets, he's confident he has those glitches fixed. "There were a few things that I needed to correct," Folk said. "It took longer than I wanted." . . . QB Mark Sanchez, rehabbing from knee surgery, has been running in a pool but has yet to run or jog on land . . . RB LaDainian Tomlinson said he spoke with Leon Washington and expressed excitement about being on the same team.