Jets Training Camp Notebook: Geno Practices, New Jets Signings

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Cortland, New York-

August 10, 2013

Geno Smith ran out to the practice field, all suited up and ready go.

Smith could have missed practice and it have been no big deal. It would have been easy to miss a day or two. However, a rookie who wants be a starting quarterback and a leader can’t afford that. Veterans will respect Smith for his effort to grind it out.

The running back depth is an issue and, if anything, is getting worse. At practice, wearing a non-contact jersey, is Joe McKnight. That red jersey is not what you want your running back wearing in August. The reality is that Chris Ivory was traded for to be the number one running back, but he needs to stay healthy along with the offensive line. If not, the Jets are going to struggle heavily this year on the offense.

The Jets transaction:

The Jets brought in former Rutgers and Giants fullback Joe Martinek for a workout Saturday, but he left without a deal.

The Jets released running back John Griffin after his injury. The NFL can be a cold business.

Running back Kahlil Bell is back. The Jets have re-signed Bell, who played in 3 games for the Jets last year. He had no carries, and one catch for 2 yards. Jets went 3-0 in those games, though Bell didn’t seem to affect that very much. Following Bell’s time with the Jets last season, the team signed him in November after both Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight were sidelined by injuries. He was waived a month later, and spent the remainder of the season with the Bears.

The Jets signed wide receiver Rahsaan Vaughn. According to ESPN, Vaughn caught 14 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown in 2011 for the Oregon Ducks and had seven receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown the following season.

He was undrafted this past draft.

Vaughn’s Oregon Pro Day stats, according to 247Sports.com:

40 Time: 4.49
Vertical Jump: 31
Broad Jump: 10’3″
20 Shuttle: 4.31
60 shuttle: 11.67″

According to Scott Kennedy of Scout.com:

“A receiver with plus size, Vaughn has an explosive first step and comes in and out of his breaks well. He’s a good route runner who elevates well for a ball in the air. His size and aggressiveness make him a good blocker as well. A long strider, if he breaks past a safety on a slant route, he’s not going to be caught. Should be a factor in all phases of the game: deep routes, possession, red zone, running game.”

Vaughn Tweeted out this:

@RahsaanV1

“Proud to say as of today i am a New york Jet! Now its time to work harder!”

Rex Ryan:

Rex Ryan responded to the media on his remarks after the first preseason game, where Ryan said he missed Mark Sanchez’s pick-six. The media’s perception is that Ryan is a defense-minded coach, who doesn’t pay attention to the offense.

During the intercepted for a touchdown, Ryan’s back was to the field as he huddled with the defense. He was taking time to help develop his defense players during their first preseason game of the year.

According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Rex Ryan said,”I see every single play — every special teams play, every offensive play, every defensive play,” he said, meaning his film review.

Rex Ryan on Sanchez’s Preseason performance:

“I thought we had a chance to make a couple big plays down the field, yet the kind of protection broke down a little, we slid one way or the other, maybe never had the vision down the field a little bit,” Ryan said. “[He] clearly made a mistake on the interception. You have to get rid of that ball and we practiced it today, the same scenarios. We went over for the corrections.”

 

Geno Smith Injury Update:

According to New York Post Brian Costello Geno Smith said, My teammates are “constantly putting their bodies on the line, so a little injury, such as an ankle, shouldn’t keep me out of practice.”

Smith on his offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg yelling at him not to limp:

“That’s Marty,” Smith said. “ He doesn’t want me out there limping. He’s that type of coach. He’s going to coach all of us hard. That’s the way he is. He told me about Brett Favre and how he played through every single injury. I try to be the same way.”

Smith practiced Sunday, two days after spraining his right ankle against the Lions. He looked a bit slower and limped at times. Working with the starters today, he was slow on his drop-back passes.

Down by the goal line, Smith threw a beautiful pass to tight end Konrad Reuland. It didn’t look like there was a window to throw the ball in.

Smith also delivered a bad ball in the end zone, behind his target and Antonio Cromartie picked it off for an interception. Smith had two nice touch passes to Jeff Cumberland as well.

Running Backs:

Chris Ivory

Chris Ivory needs to start taking snaps with the offense if he is going to be the number one running back. Ivory is expected to play in the next preseason game. That’s the report that came out of camp on Sunday.

In today’s practice, Ivory was in full pads. He carried the ball in air drills, but he still has not been cleared by the trainers for full go.

Defensive Backs:

Jaiquawn Jarrett got first-team reps on Sunday following his good preseason game. Jarrett has potential at safety position. He is going to have a shot at starting if he keeps it up.

 

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