Cortland, New York-
August 12, 2013
As we wind down in Cortland Camp, injuries played a key role on Monday. Running backs are grabbing the headlines in New York, and not all for good reasons. Chris Ivory and Joe McKnight were in pads for at least the start of practice.
Special Note: Ryan Spadola on both kickoff and kick return. The perfect way that he could make the team.
Chris Ivory took part in contact drills for the first time in camp. Ivory got a couple of carries immediately in team action. He is moving well and looks quicker than I expected. He showed his speed and power.
We will be waiting to see Ivory in Saturday’s preseason game.
Powell needs to show his work in a preseason game. Today, Powell exploded through a hole for a 50 yard touchdown run as the offense went no-huddle. Again, it looks and sounds good in practice, but we need to see it in a game.
Joe McKnight left practice after only 45 minutes. McKnight had to leave the practice field after a deep pass in 1-on-1 drills. McKnight took a water bottle and poured some water over his head, but upon returning to practice and running onto the field, he dropped again.
McKnight laid on his side on top of a training table and looked like he could barely sit up. He was carted to the locker room, and was able to get up on his own and walk. McKnight was also given an oxygen mask.
It’s starting to feel like McKnight’s health may be his downfall. He suffers from anxiety and dehydration. He claims that he’s not getting the proper rest at camp. Perhaps he’s better suited for home rest instead.
McKnight is fed up with the media and tweeted this out:
“Now I’m trying to keep my cool but now it has gone too far with these reporters. Just let y’all know I’m not the one. I know who you are.”
Mark Sanchez got most of the snaps with the first team on Monday. Sanchez played his best practice of camp, letting the ball fly a little bit.
Sanchez started his 7-on-7 drills with a 50 yard touchdown pass to Ryan Spadola over Antonio Cromartie. The next play was a touchdown pass to Stephen Hill. He also hit Kellen Winslow with a sideline hook-up pass.
It was the old Sanchez with his hard pump-fake, getting Cromartie to bite on it. Back-to-back touchdowns from Sanchez is something we haven’t seen in awhile.
Geno Smith is still limping on his right ankle. Despite that, he had a solid day at practice, going 6-for-7, with a TD pass and a sack in team drills. The TD came on a roll out, a nice pass to Konrad Reuland in the corner of the end zone. On Smith’s roll out play, he rolled right on the ankle and it didn’t seem to bother him too much. Cornerback Isaiah Trufant intercepted Smith in the 7-on-7 drills. Trufant made a great break and and intercepted the pass that was intended for Jeremy Kerley.
Day of injuries:
Antonio Cromartie injured his elbow late in practice, dropping to the ground. He got up holding his left arm limp at his side. He had tried to jam a receiver at the line. He came back for a couple of plays with a wrap on his elbow.
Cromartie wanted all the fans to know he is fine. He tweeted this out:
“I want to let # JetNation know that I’m fine.”
Gates didn’t practice as he got banged up during Sunday’s practice. Gates was involved in a collision yesterday at practice and took a minute to get up.
McElroy rolled his ankle scrambling in the preseason game as well. He seemed to roll it again at practice on Monday.
Lineman Brian Winters had an ankle injury and was carted off from the practice field. Winters returned to practice and finished.
Santonio Holmes Update:
Holmes is still uncertain on his return date. He was talking to reporters while jogging. According to Eric Allen, Senior Reporter and Team Insider for newyorkjets.com, Holmes says he is feeling better, still day-to-day. He said he has made progress and has run on a zero-gravity treadmill, while also riding the bike a lot.