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Seeking possible subs for Martin

BY KEN BERGER

Newsday Staff Writer

August 4, 2006

With Curtis Martin's physical status becoming a topic of intense speculation, a person with direct knowledge of the situation said yesterday that the Jets have begun exploring the running backs market in case the 11-year veteran isn't ready to start the regular season.

There have been strong indications recently that the decision to place Martin on the physically unable to perform list is the result of a two-part plan. First, the team is trying not to burden him with the most physically demanding portion of camp. But the second part of the plan, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, involves being proactive in the search for a veteran replacement if Martin can't get back on the field.

Asked which scenario takes priority now, the person said, "The truth lies somewhere in between. Both could be right."

The Jets are monitoring about 12 running backs, and among those who could be available are Chris Brown (Titans) and Thomas Jones (Bears). Damien Nash, released by the Titans after landing in Jeff Fisher's doghouse over what his agent called a "miscommunication" over his reporting weight, also is on the Jets' radar.

"If someone we think can help is available, then we are going to pursue him," said coach Eric Mangini, who again declined to provide a specific update on Martin's recovery from knee surgery.

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Patrick Ramsey took his turn with the starting offense yesterday morning and did better than the night before, when he struggled in the two-minute drill ... Mangini continues to characterize S Erik Coleman's problem as an "illness," even though he has missed a week of practice.

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Broncos | Nash signed

Thu, 3 Aug 2006 15:03:02 -0700

The Denver Broncos have announced the team has signed free agent RB Damien Nash (Titans). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Big dude. http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/2005/nash_damien

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Damien Nash

Position: Running Back

College: Missouri

Height: 5-10

Weight: 218

Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

Analysis | Injury Report | Agility | High School | Personal

OVERVIEW

Nash was an impact player at tailback who was expected to be the team's heir apparent to take over for MU career leading rusher Zack Abron, who was lost to graduation after 2003. Off-field issues with the coaching staff proved to be too much to overcome in 2004. After being suspended by head coach Gary Pinkel, Nash decided to test the pro waters instead of returning for the 2005 season.

Nash has a lethal combination of speed, quickness and power that had Tigers fans quite excited about his future. He began his collegiate career at Coffeyville Community College, where he redshirted in 2001 and played in only one game in 2002 due to a knee injury.

Nash started once in 2003, gaining 462 yards with five touchdowns on 89 carries (5.2 avg) and caught 11 passes for 105 yards (9.5 avg) and a score in 2003. Despite his problems with the coaching staff at midseason, Nash started eight of 10 games in 2004. He rushed 164 times for 792 yards (4.8 avg) and seven touchdowns. He also showed good receiving skills, hauling in 25 passes for 176 yards (7.0 avg) and a score.

In 23 games with the Tigers, Nash started nine times. He carried 253 times for 1,254 yards (5.0 avg) and 12 touchdowns. He also made 36 receptions for 281 yards (7.8 avg) and two scores.

JUNIOR COLLEGE

Ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 3 JUCO tailback prospect in the country and No. 23 of all JUCO prospects (all positions)

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