Jets Training Camp Notebook: Practice 5

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Training camp practice number 5: Owner Woody Johnson on the field, makes his training-camp debut. Good News- Jace Amaro with pads on after tweaking knee Sunday. Calvin Pryor was still not active at practice.

Overall Practice Results:

Zach Sudfeld was active again and Greg Salas had a strong practice. Dominant day for the defense. Geno Smith and Mike Vick couldn’t get much going and Matt Simms Tajh Boyd were both really bad. Lot of blitzing by Rex’s defense; the offense was struggling with pass protection.

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Injuries:  

Jace Amaro, Quincy Enunwa, Antwan Barnes, Calvin Pryor, Zach Thompson, Ras-I Dowling, in the rehab area.

Enunwa with a hip injury worked in positional drills.He ran routes and was catching passes from the quarterback. 

Amaro ran routes and caught passes, so not a full day of work for him. He ran sprints on the side with a big wrap on his right leg.

Alex Green (chest) had returned to practice and left practice to be examination by doctors. 

Ras-I Dowling has a foot injury, Colin Anderson (thumb), Nelson (groin), and Bilal Powell (hamstring), are players that didn’t finish practice.

Quarterbacks:

Practice Highlights:

Geno Smith made a nice deep pass throw to Stephen Hill that he caught in stride for a touchdown.

Mike Vick threw a beautiful deep pass to Saalim Hakim down the sideline. Vick pump-faked and hit Hill on another beautiful deep ball, after Hill burned rookie Dexter McDougle.

Practice Stats: Smith: 7-for-9, sack on team drills. First team reps: 78.9 percent snaps (15 snaps). 

Vick: 4-for-6 on team drills. First team reps: 21.1 percent snaps (4 snaps).

Geno Smith On Tough Practice:

According to Star Ledger writer Darryl Slater,

“I wouldn’t say frustrated (with the offense Tuesday). No, not at all. That’s the reason why we practice. Some days the defense will have the upper hand. They’ve been game planning, too. They’ve been practicing hard, too. Today was one of those days where we had to be sound and disciplined. Everything didn’t go right for us today, but we had some things that we did well. We’ve got some things to improve on, as we all know. So we’ve just got to keep working at it and be disciplined.”

Running Backs:

According to SNY JETS Brain Bassett,

Running Back Coach Anthony Lynn Said:

“If we were playing tomorrow,Chris Ivory would be on the goal line, obviously,” Running Backs Coach Anthony Lynn said.Chris Johnson will likely be the team’s primary back, but Ivory would get the short-yardage call due to being “the best power runner in the game,” Lynn said.“Sometimes in those situations you have an extra defender that you can’t block, and you need a back that can take him on,” Lynn said.

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Zach Sudfeld: 

Zach Sudfeld has had great back-to-back practices. He’s been catching everything thrown to him. In the red zone drill his size is a weapon.

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Stephen Hill:

Stephen Hill caught Geno Smith’s pass in stride and streaked down the sideline.

According to Star Ledger writer Darryl Slater,

Jets wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal on Hill:

“Healthy and confident,” Lal said. “That’s the biggest thing. I think he’s believing, and believing in himself – and it’s starting to show.”“It’s been the injuries that have hindered it and kind of somewhat made it harder than it could have been,” Lal said of Hill’s progression as an NFL receiver, after playing in a run-focused offense at Georgia Tech. “He’s taken the coaching the whole time. Now, he’s able to do it physically, so it’s just kind of coming together right now.”

Hill on the Naysayers:

“Basically, I don’t really get into it, until somebody else, probably my family, says something,” he said. “Other than that, I try my best not to listen to it, because it can be like negativity that’s always on you, and you’re going to think about it.

“We’re in a different type of job where people have the chance to say something about your job, and what you’re doing. Other than that, I just take it with a grain of salt, man. I just try to move on, because there are bigger things in life. I saw a lot of coaches who were on the hot seat, and then they turned it around just that quick, and they’re fine now.”

Calvin Pryor Update

Calvin Pryor spent practice without pads while working on some light conditioning drills.Pryor has to be cleared to play, based on to the terms of the NFL’s concussion protocol.Pryor cannot speak to the media while he goes through the concussion protocol.

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Dee Milliner:

Dee Milliner, the focus at this camp is on technique and repetition.

According to Star Ledger writer Darryl Slater,

Defensive Backs Coach Tim McDonald said:

“He’s got to make sure he’s trusting his technique,” defensive backs coach Tim McDonald said of Milliner, a first-round pick in 2013. “And the other thing is, he’s stressing himself; he’s seeing how far he can take his technique. That’s what practice is for: How far can I take this technique, and what are my results?”

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