FLORHAM PARK: The New York Jets took to the field for their first of three minicamp practices Tuesday afternoon. Unlike the team’s organize team activity practices earlier in the month, minicamp is mandatory. Each player on New York’s 90-man training camp roster must attend, or be subject to fines.
89 of those 90 players were in attendance with just Devin Smith missing due to the expected birth of his child.
Below you will find some observations from Tuesday’s practice. Have a question? Send us an email.
- The Jets positional battle at offensive guard wrote its latest chapter on Tuesday as Brian Winters and Brent Qvale rotated in-and-out with the first team. Fellow guard Willie Colon sat out while Oday Aboushi worked with the second unit. Expect this to be a regular occurrence as New York searches for its starter opposite James Carpenter.
- Shaq Evans flashed at times during New York’s set of OTAs and had another nice practice on Tuesday. Last year’s fourth-round pick made a nice grab on a sideline and another solid catch down the seam on a pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Evans is one of several receivers presently fighting for one of two, potentially three, roster spots behind Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Devin Smith and Jeremy Kerley.
- Bryce Petty is one of those quarterbacks that isn’t fast, but moves well when he gets into the open field. He can certainly extend plays with his feet and seems comfortable throwing on the run, too. He made one play where he threaded the needle to Evans on a bootleg.
- Jets safety Rontez Miles continues he’s quietly-strong offseason. Things just look like they’ve slowed down for Miles as he’s making plays all over the field. He’s breaking well on the ball, getting into the backfield and playing solid coverage. In seven-on-sevens, Miles jumped a Petty pass, notched the interception and returned it for a touchdown.
- It was not, by any stretch, a good practice for New York’s quarterbacks. In total, the Jets defense intercepted the combination of Petty, Geno Smith and Fitzpatrick five times. Miles, Dexter McDougle, Darrin Walls, Jaiquawn Jarrett and Durrell Eskridge all came away with picks. Three of those interceptions were in the red zone, three were returned for touchdowns and all came on poor throws, decisions by the passer. Smith led the way having been intercepted three times. Two of Smith’s interceptions came in the endzone during red zone drills.
The Jets will return to the practice fields for their second of three minicamp practices on Wednesday.
Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for Jets Insider and The Journal Inquirer. He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (email@example.com).