Jets Training Camp Notebook: Day Two Fight, and Idzik Presser


-Cortland N.Y.

July 27, 2013

Camp started out on a funny note as Kellen Winslow Jr. just rode a bike over to practice.

Dee Milliner and Mike Goodson are still no-shows. However, day two’s practice was much better than day one, and Antonio Cromartie was fired up. What’s a Jets Training Camp without a fight. These wide receivers will only get better going up against an elite cornerback like Cromartie. This is fun to watch: receivers going 1-on-1 against the cornerbacks. Gates continues to shine and he just beat Cromartie off the line.

General Manager John Idzik Presser:

On Dee Milliner:

According to Brian Bassett of SNY Idzik said, “All we can do is keep a constant line of communication open, which we have.” Idzik’s not sure when Milliner could be signed. “We’re in an industry of adjustments.”

The problem with Milliner’s contract talk is offset language. Idzik states that Jets contracts are specific. When asked if he was frustrated in Milliner’s absence, he said not frustrated, but that the team must adjust.

Remember, Dee Milliner fired his agents presumably based on draft spot. You know the new agents are going to fight for the ‘right’ wording.
On Santonio Holmes:
According to Rich Cimini of ESPN Idzik said, “Tone is working his tail off, but no timeline for a return. Next few weeks will be very telling.” Idzik says “hard to put timeline on Holmes return, but doesn’t think he’ll miss season.”
On Mike Goodson:
According to Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday Idzik said,
“I’m not going to get into specifics it’s a private delicate matter.”  Idzik says ” there is no timeline for Mike Goodson to report to camp. Taking it day-by-day.” Idzik hopes Goodson returns.
On The Starting Quarterback Situation:
We found out Rex Ryan won’t have the full rights to call the starting quarterback, according to general manager John Idzik. He also said Ryan will have plenty of help when choosing a starting quarterback. Geno Smith is perceived as an Idzik guy. After all, Idzik drafted Smith in the second round. Idzik also downplayed the possibility of conflicting agendas.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPN Idzik is stressing that the QB decision will be a “collective effort’ and come to ‘collaboratively’ as a ‘we effort.”
Hey, John Idzik, what role do u have in QB battle? When asked, his response was simply, “Well, I have a pretty big role in that.”
John Idzik says “QB competition and all personnel decisions will be collective decisions.”
Clyde Gates:
Gates had another solid day catching the ball. The wide receiver who may not have seemed high on the depth chart at the start of camp, has had two standout days, earning praise from Ryan at his daily news conferences.


Braylon Edwards:

Edwards ends practice on two minute drills with a great catch over the middle against Kyle Wilson applying a tough hit. Sanchez hit him on a 20 yard out. Although the pass was behind Edwards, he made a great adjustment to snatch the ball and turn up-field. Edwards was getting heat from the media for his excitement on being a Jet again, so he tweeted this out:

@OfficialBraylon Thats enough talking. Im happy to be home. Critics talking, but i’ll just let my play speak for itself. Love yall! Im out. #CountON17

Running Backs:

Joe McKnight:

McKnight is blaming his low body fat for conditioning problems early in training camp. He said he missed the first day due to cramping during the initial conditioning test Thursday and during Saturday’s practice, he said he was dehydrated. McKnight said he was at 4 percent body fat during organized team activities but was at 3.3 percent when he returned. He said his goal was to reach 6 percent. The running back took a knee at several points as the practice wore on and put an ice vest on under his jersey to try to cool down.

Dehydration was McKnight’s issue as a rookie in 2010, when the fourth-round pick vomited during the first day of rookie camp in April. Now McKnight is fighting for his roster spot. He has been used as a kick returner but hasn’t been consistently used at running back.

McKnight said his body fat is too low, and it leads to cramps. His goal of 6.0 is according to the team’s standards.

Chad Spann:

The Jets announced their latest signing, with Chad Spann joining the active roster. He is a running back who’s a smart, tough, powerful runner with solid burst and lateral moves. He’s 5-8, 202 pounds, and out of Northern Illinois as his college. On his Pro-day, Spann ran a 4.52 forty, a 4.32 short shuttle. He also had a 7.18 long shuttle, a 32.5 inch vertical and a 120-inch broad jump. He was undrafted and although he’s been on a few teams, nothing has panned out for him.

Quarterback Battle:

Mark Sanchez:

Sanchez was more consistent, going 9-for-16 in team drills with two drops, mostly on short bubble screens. He did have an interception in a seven-on-seven drill when he had a bad deep overthrow and Antonio Allen picked it off. Again, we get that familiar feeling that Sanchez plays like a 4 year rookie doing the same in camp.

Geno Smith:

Smith impressed on his own, exploiting a zone to run the ball to the end zone. Smith was 3-for-9 with a drop and a sack that exposed his lack of experience. He had one touchdown pass to Gates that covered about 50 yards before it came down. Keep an eye on Smith’s ability to lead a receiver. Jets got zero YAC with Sanchez’s inability to lead a receiver.

Smith draws raves from the crowd after he takes off running and makes Darrin Walls miss.

Practice recap: Sanchez 9-for-16, 2 drops.
Smith 3-for-9, 1 sack, 1 drop, 1 option run, long TD .
Fight at Practice:
Cromartie was covering Vidal Hazelton in a small drill, tussled with the receiver and threw a punch. They had to be pulled away from each other by coaches, and in the meantime, receiver Clyde Gates and cornerback Donnie Fletcher were going at it as well.
There’s a method to Cromartie’s madness. He knows these wide receivers need to step it up. Apparently, he plans to force it out of them. Cromartie is going to single-handedly whip these wide receivers into shape.


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