Jets Training Camp Notebook: Practice 7

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The Jets practiced goal line drills on Thursday. The offense had trouble getting into the end zone against a very stout defense. The Jets seventh practice was dominated by the defense on goal line drills.

We do know, generally, in the start of training camp the defense is always ahead of the offense. What is it with the Jets? Is the defense on its way to superiority in the NFL? Or is the offense in need of improvement?

Can only preseason games answer these questions?

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Injuries:

Calvin Pryor (concussion) was cleared for physical activity, but not contact. Pryor wore the red practice jersey and was restricted to team drills.

Dexter McDougle injured his groin and left practice.

Players in rehab area: Johnny Patrick (hamstring), Brandon Hardin (foot), Quincy Enunwa (hip), Alex Green (chest), Zach Thompson (shoulder), Garrett McIntyre (knee), Antwan Barnes (leg), and Bilal Powell (hamstring).

Practice Highlights:

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Offense:

During passing drills, Chris Johnson had a one handed catch. On one play he juked David Harris and ended up being wide open for the catch. He caught a long TD pass later in the drill.

Darryl Richardson saw plenty of action because Bilal Powell sat out the practice. The Jets will have a hard decision to make as to whether they want to carry four running backs. He looks good with flashy speed.

Oday Aboushi saw time with the starters at right guard. Aboushi continues to impress and fighting for a starting job.

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Defense:

Jason Babin pressured Mike Vick on the goal line and forced him to throw the ball away.

Defense shut down the running game during goal line portion of practice. Chris ivory was the only one who had any success. Ivory has looked great in training camp.

Quinton Coples was very vocal and made a few impressive plays on the edge.

OC Marty Mornhinweg on Amaro’s Struggles”

According to Star Ledger writer Darryl Slater, “He’s coming,” Mornhinweg said. “He’s making mistakes and then doing some great things, making some mistakes, doing some great things. But the thing that Jace is doing is he’s getting his mistakes corrected fast and he’s moving on. We ask an awful lot out of that tight end position. His expectations are high, and so are ours for Jace. He’s going to be a fine player. How quick he can get that thing done – that’s his challenge.”

Quarterbacks:

Practice Highlights:

Geno Smith in goal-line drills, Smith scrambled for a touchdown. In the team drills, away from the goal line, Smith threw a nice pass and connected with David Nelson for a 40-yard completion. 

Mike Vick during the team drills took advantage of the open field created by a heavy blitz. Vick spotted Sudfeld wide open over the middle, Sudfeld caught the ball and ran about 75 yards for a touchdown.

Practice Stats: Smith: 2-for-3 on team drills. First team reps: 100 percent snaps (16 snaps). 

Vick: 3-for-4, sack on team drills. First team reps: 0 percent snaps (0 snaps).

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Zach Sudfeld Having a Great Camp:

The Jets have a competitive spirit in training camp. One player who’s delivering is Zach Sudfeld. The depth at tight end is significant. They already have Jeff Cumberland and drafted Jace Amaro. Sudfeld is going be a red zone target at 6′-7″.

He is catching everything thrown to him and displaying nice speed. In practice, he had a 70+ yard touchdown from Mike Vick.

Jace Amaro Bounces Back:

Jace Amaro was criticized by the media on his last practice. He’s learning the offense and struggling at times, though he didn’t let it affect his confidence.

Amaro, in the team drills, had a diving catch. During the goal line drills Geno Smith rolled right and found Amaro in the back corner of end zone. Amaro couldn’t make the catch but the defense was flagged for holding.

David Nelson Building Chemistry with Geno Smith:

David Nelson is back at practice, in some capacity, after being out with groin pain. The Nelson acquisition last year may have been underrated by most, but huge for Geno Smith’s development. Smith and Nelson are building great chemistry. Nelson is just so consistent as a wide receiver; he’s a perfect number 2 or 3 option.

Nelson got open and made a nice long grab after beating double coverage in the 2-minute drill. Nelson beat Patterson and Smith dropped in the deep ball before Allen could get across. 

Calvin Pryor Returned to Practice:

Calvin Pryor returned to practice and participated in individual drills. He was limited while wearing a red non-contact jersey, though he’s getting closer to being cleared all the way.

According to Star Ledger writer Darryl Slater, “He’s a little ways behind, but he has time to catch up,” said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. “He was doing well prior, too, before we got the pads on. We expect him to come back. He’s been paying attention in meetings, but it has to transfer to the field. We expect him to be a pretty integral part of the defense.” 

 

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