FLORHAM PARK - The New York Jets took to the field for the team’s second of three Organized Team Activity practices open to the media. For two hours, New York worked through a non-contact practice complete with seven-on-seven, two-minute, full-team and individual drills.
Below are several observations from the practice:
- It’s only May and Geno Smith is just months into his first year in Chan Gailey’s offense. With that being said, and for the sake of reporting things just as they are, to say the third-year pro looked out of it on the field would be an understatement.
Smith missed passes inside, outside, high and low. He didn’t find a rhythm at any point in time and was nearly intercepted on a handful of occasions. It wasn’t pretty. It looked like Smith had his most trouble when throwing to Jeff Cumberland. Personally, I counted three mishaps when targeting the tight end. Smith also missed Brandon Marshall high twice—Not something easily accomplished, as Marshall stands 6-4.
- It likely had nothing to do with Smith’s struggles, but Ryan Fitzpatrick some first-team reps. The quarterback looked solid, too, but clearly wasn’t 100 percent. Fitzpatrick didn’t get much on his deep balls and Jets coach Todd Bowles said after practice that the quarterback still needs to find his “velocity.”
- There’s a couple battles that are already fun to watch, and will only intensify as the offseason continues. Darrelle Revis vs. Brandon Marshall, and Buster Skrine vs. Eric Decker in the slot are extremely entertaining. You can tell whenever the above are matched up on each other the intensity just reaches another level. Revis and Marshall may be the best training camp battle on any roster on any team.
Aside from the fact the two have established themselves as a couple of the best to ever play their respective positions, they also enjoy trash talking. Nearly as good as the plays on the ball are the one-liners thrown at each other after.
- Marcus Williams had a solid day. The cornerback made two plays on deep balls intended for T.J. Graham and Devin Smith, then intercepted a deflected Ryan Fitzpatrick pass and returned it for a touchdown. Williams is one of a few players competing for one, maybe two, open cornerback roster spots.