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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.