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Jets C Baxter should work as stopgap

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By Kevin Fishbain

Jets undrafted rookie C Colin Baxter got a heavy dose of what it's like to play in New York this week. In Week Two, Baxter replaced Nick Mangold, who went down with a high ankle sprain and will miss Sunday's game against the Raiders. That will give Baxter his first career start, and it made him the brunt of the New York media all week. At the beginning of the month, the Jets acquired OG Caleb Schlauderaff via trade and claimed Baxter off waivers, sensing a need for depth on the interior. The Jets liked what they saw out of Baxter in the Chargers' offense in the preseason, and San Diego's offense is similar to Brian Schottenheimer's scheme. Even though Baxter is undersized, we hear he has the toughness that Rex Ryan wants up front and that he should work fine as a stopgap until Mangold returns. His size, though, will get tested right away, as he faces Raiders DTs Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly in Week Three and, if Mangold remains out, will have to contend with NT Haloti Ngata on "Sunday Night Football."


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