Wednesday afternoon, the New York Jets will take to the field for the final set of the team’s three organized team activities (OTAs). For the first of the three remaining practices, New York will allow media to attend the workout.
So, what’s there to look for during the practice? Jets Insider is here to breakdown what you should keep your eye on:
The last time Smith stepped foot on the field in front of the media, the quarterback didn’t exactly have his best showing. In fact, it was hard to watch at times. Smith missed high, low, left and right. He was nearly intercepted a handful of times and never truly got himself in a rhythm. Wednesday will give Smith a chance to show he’s getting more comfortable within the offense… something he’ll likely need to do now that Ryan Fitzpatrick seems to be nearing full participation. Whether it’s a non-competition as Chan Gailey says, or the open one Todd Bowles indicated, Geno can’t keep performing as he did a week ago.
Brandon Marshall vs. JETS DEFENSIVE BACKS
It’s likely going to be the battle to watch all of training camp, and it certainly hasn’t disappointed thus far. Marshall versus cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie has been a sight to be seen, minus the fact the early goings have been dominated in large part by the defense. There’s not much to take out of it, but it’s always fun whenever some of the best in the game go 1-on-1.
The last time the Jets held a practice open to the media, Willie Colon was nursing an injury. The result? Oday Aboushi took every one of the first-team snaps at guard. With Colon now a week healed, and presumably heading back to the practice field, how will those reps be divided? Is it an open competition, or Aboushi’s job to lose?
WILL Bryce Petty GET ANY TEAM REPS?
Despite some sporadic 7-on-7 work, Bryce Petty has taken a back seat to quarterback’s Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick when New York has run its team drills. Will the quarterback get in? With what unit? More importantly, how will he perform? During rookie camp, Petty both shined, and struggled, at various points in time. It would be interesting to see if he’s progressed at all in the month since.
This will be the last media available practice for the Jets 2015 set of OTAs. Next week, New York will hold three minicamp practices (June 9-11) open to the media. Unlike OTAs, minicamp is mandatory as all under contract must attend the practice or be subject to fines.