Jets Training Camp Notebook: Day 4 Brings More Competition

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-Cortland , N.Y.

July 29, 2013

The New York Jets are in rebuilding mode and the training camp theme is competition. The culture is changing in Jets camp, and it seems to be installing a creative, aggressive offense. Whether you like Sanchez or Geno, what’s most important is the progress of the new offense.

This quarterback competition seems to be working itself out in front of us all. No matter who wins and becomes the Jets quarterback, this offense will be much improved under the new system.

Kellen Winslow Jr. and Braylon Edwards are both back in pads this practice. The Jets started with a cool drill with QB, 2 WRs, and 3 DBs forcing the QB to try to beat double coverage/fool the safety. One thing I like to see is Gates doing push ups after dropping a Smith pass.

QB Battle:

Geno Smith:

Smith started team drills with the ones again. On one play in particular, Smith rolled out right and hit Jeremy Kerley on the right side of the end zone during 11-on-11 red zone drills. Smith just tends to make flashy plays in camp thus far.

OC Marty Mornhinweg prefers to throw the ball around. Smith seems to be a  better quarterback right now than Mark Sanchez, and it’s becoming obvious as the days go on. The pressure may be building for Sanchez, and the question is whether or not he will fold. Smith seems to have the upper hand in the competition for the starting quarterback.

Mark Sanchez:

Sanchez threw his first interception of camp and he hears the boos from the crowd after the pick. The throw was an ill-advised interception behind the receiver to Josh Mauga for a healthy return. Sanchez tried to go over the middle to Clyde Gates, but linebacker Josh Mauga stepped right in front.  It would have likely been returned for a touchdown in a game.

Sanchez delivered another low pass to Winslow, this one too low as it skipped to him. Smith and Sanchez had been fairly even in the passing stats, but perhaps not after a poor practice in comparison for the veteran. Sanchez will have beat him with his experience or he may be holding a clipboard this season.

Running Backs:

Finally Chris Ivory is participating in positional drills. Chad Spann showed good quickness on a few runs, and may be a good pick up for depth.

Joe McKnight has had issues with dehydration, low body fat and migraines. During Monday’s practice, he made it all the way through a two-hour practice.  He worked with the first and second-team offenses, returning punts and kickoffs. McKnight has been working in every practice despite his issues.

Wide Receiver:

Jeremy Kerley:

It looks like Jeremy Kerley is perfect for the West Coast offense brought in by new coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. It could enable him to use his skill set to create more separation. The West Coast offense allows wide receivers a chance to have a lot of room to work and make plays.

Kerley continues to use his special teams performance as a punt returner, as it has allowed him to showcase his ability as a downfield ball carrier. Success in the return game is something that Kerley hopes to carry over into the 2013 regular season, where he will look to build on his big-pass play, which can be a big role on the team.

Stephen Hill:

Picture Hill dragging his feet in the back of the end zone on a pass from Smith in 7-on-7. The young WR did a good job. Hill, who has had a solid camp so far, has had an offseason full of hard work that’s paying off.

Offense Linemen:

Rex Ryan praised Willie Colon and Austin Howard or their play in short yardage. The running backs need stable linemen to push the line so they’re able to run from behind.

Defense:

Antonio Cromartie is coaching the young guys, cautioning Ellis Lankster not to get lackadaisical after the CB got beat in passing drills. He is really displaying his leadership in camp this year, tweeting out support to Dee Milliner.

@A Cromartie31

I’m happy to see we have signed Dee Milliner. Now the secondary is complete. Come ready to wrk rookie.

Kenrick Ellis came flying up the middle for a sack during a 7-on-7 drill.B ig Ellis got pressure right up the middle to force a Smith incomplete pass. Mo Wilkerson showing his power hitting as the defense line is gearing up for a big season. Rex Ryan is coaching the outside linebackers, and it’s looking more and more like the Jets’ goal is to have a solid pass rush this season.

It is Antonio Allen, the 7th round pick from 2012, that fans should be excited about. He’s doing well in camp, as Dawan Landry and Allen have gotten the heavy majority of first team reps again in practice. Josh Bush showed off his coverage ability, knocking down a Sanchez ball intended for Hill.

The safety position is starting to fill out. I just wonder how many roster spots are going to be made available for that position.

 

Staff Writer at Locker Room Update

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