With the Jets' wide receiving corps unproven beyond Santonio Holmes, there are plenty of opportunities for the other receivers in camp. But Jeremy Kerley, the third-leading returning receiver for the Jets, may be squandering his chance after failing to impress Rex Ryan during his first offseason with new coordinator Tony Sparano and then reporting to training camp still hindered by the hamstring injury he suffered during OTAs. Kerley is expected to miss at least most of the first week of workouts.
"Jeremy needs to step it up," Ryan told reporters. "Quite honestly, I was a little disappointed in him in the offseason." Kerley had 29 catches for 314 yards last season.
--Tight end Dustin Keller was actually the Jets' top receiver last year with 65 catches for 815 yards and five touchdowns. But the Jets appear content to let Keller play out the final year of his rookie deal and test free agency after the season. Keller never threatened to hold out of training camp but admitted Saturday he is disappointed by the lack of negotiations with the Jets.
"The way I prefer it, I would have something done, just to know they want me to be part of the future in the organization, they want me to be part of the core guys," Keller told the Newark Star-Ledger. "Not to get that done, it bothers me a little bit, But like I said, I can only handle what I can handle, and I'm going to just go out and play my game. And I know that will be good enough."
--Quarterback Tim Tebow made headlines Saturday for how he looked jogging off the field, soaked and shirtless after a workout in the rain, rather than how he performed on it. Tebow was just 3-of-8 and was sacked once in 12 snaps.
Asked if he might follow suit and ditch his own shirt, Rex Ryan-who has lost 100 pounds over the last two offseasons-said, "I'm not quite there yet."
-All eyes will be on quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow during training camp workouts this summer, but the signal-callers will not be roomies at Cortland. Sanchez is staying with second-year third-string quarterback Greg McElroy while Tebow will be roommates with veteran wide receiver Chaz Schilens.
--Heading to Cortland reminded Tebow of his days at the University of Florida. "This is like the first day of college," Tebow said with a grin as he was surrounded by reporters following his arrival at training camp Thursday.
-Nose tackle Kenrick Ellis, who spent 23 days in jail for his role in a 2010 altercation at his alma mater Hampton University, said he was visited in prison in Virginia by general manager Mike Tannenbaum, head coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson.
"They came to see me just to show their support, because they understand the situation," Ellis told reporters. "I'm just happy to be here right now and just happy to be in training camp."
Ellis was expected to miss the start of training camp when he received his 45-day sentence in May, but he was allowed to serve a split sentence and will complete his term next March.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "If it was the spelling bee, I'd bet against me. A fight? Coaching football? I am betting on me."-Jets head coach Rex Ryan on remaining confident heading into the 2012 season.