FLORHAM PARK: The New York Jets took to the practice field for the fourth day in a row, and second in full pads, in front of a solid crowd at the Atlantic Health Training Facility.
The Walking Wounded
Receiver DeVier Posey (hamstring) and offensive lineman Charles Brown (unknown) sat out for the first time this camp. During practice, defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson left early with a hamstring issue, while Lorenzo Mauldin missed time when he had the wind knocked out of him.
Devin Smith remains sidelined with his fractured ribs and semi-punctured lung. He was released from the hospital this morning and attended practice in street clothes.
Jets coach Todd Bowles addressed all injuries after practice.
The Jets went with something a little untraditional during Sunday’s practice. Instead of working punt or kick returns, the team worked on punt and field goal blocks. For the punts, coaches and New York’s two kickers would hold balls right above trashcans. On the whistle, players would run at the coaches/kickers and slap the ball down to the top of the trashcan.
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For the field goal drill, coaches and kickers would hold a ball as if they were placing it down for a kick, but instead of putting the ball on the turf, they’d lay it overtop of a pad. Players would then run full speed and dive as if they were attempting a block.
The two drills were certainly new, and entertaining. It seemed like the players enjoyed working through them, and fans enjoyed seeing all get airborne.
RELATED: View kick-block drill
Well, for those that have been craving a Brandon Marshall vs. Darrelle Revis, you finally got your wish. For the first time in camp, the Jets top receiver and cornerback went 1-on-1 in a little goal line drill. Overall, it looked like Revis won, but it was entertaining none the less.
The two squared off against each other five times. The string of plays went as follows:
Revis interception (nullified via hold)
Revis pass deflection
Revis pass deflection (near interception)
Marshall touchdown (double-move to reach fade)
Revis pass deflection (defensive pass interference)
Scout.com snagged a few videos of the matchup. They can be viewed here.
Other than Marshall vs. Revis, there were a few other highlights of note during the drill. Marcus Williams and Dexter McDougle each came away with interceptions, while Eric Decker made a beautiful catch on a fade past Dee Milliner.
McDougle also had one little uh-oh during the drill. The cornerback, matched up against Marshall, tried to get a little physical. But when McDougle jammed Marshall at the line, Marshall simply overpowered the cornerback (actually, he created another five yards of separation by pushing McDougle back), and caught an easy touchdown on a slant.
Willie Colon received the first of all team reps at guard, but Brian Winters and Brent Qvale also worked in. Didn’t look like Oday Aboushi got many reps today with the 1s. Jace Amaro also received some work with the starters at tight end. Jeff Cumberland was still the first tight end on the field, but Amaro usually came in a play or two later.
Also, of note, Chris Owusu continues to get first-team reps when the Jets go three-wide.
Ok, on to the highlights…
Geno Smith made an unbelievable throw on the first series of 11-on-11 when he rolled out to his right and, on the run, fired an absolute laser into the gut of Brandon Marshall. The cornerback he beat? Darrelle Revis. It was a truly beautiful play. Couldn’t have put the ball any better.
Smith had another really pretty throw when he found Eric Decker down the seam past Marcus Gilchrist, and a third on a shoulda-been touchdown to Cumberland. On the play, Smith rolled out to his left extending the play, then fired a pass to an open Cumberland in the corner. Cumberand wasn’t his initial read, which was good to see Geno find him anyway.
The Jets backfield may be one of the more crowded, but Bilal Powell is beginning to separate himself as a potential option after Chris Ivory. His vision seems to be immensely improved this year as he’s making really, really smart cuts to gain 5-6 extra yards. On one play, Powell actually juked safety Calvin Pryor to the ground near the line. Literally, Pryor fell over. Daryl Richardson also had a nice practice. On one play, a stretch, he burst around the outside to draw cheers from the crowd.
Dee Milliner was back in during team drills again today. He was joined by Darrin Walls and Marcus Williams in the second team’s secondary.
Something of note in regard to Geno: Last year, for whatever reason, whenever Smith would feel pressure up the middle he would run backwards, then around to the sideline. At times, he would run backwards up to 10 yards. It was bizarre, and not like anything I’ve ever seen any other quarterback do. It looks like that’s a thing of the past now.
One of the areas that has been most impressive with Smith, aside from his decision making, is how he’s been moving in the pocket. He’s done a fine job extending the play with his legs, moving the pocket and then finding open players down the field. Again today, he had a nice outing.
When Wilkerson left the field, he was replaced with the first team by Sheldon Richardson.
Not the best practice for Fitzpatrick. He didn’t throw an interception, but he was nearly picked a handful of times. That’s back-to-back iffy performances considering he botched two snaps on Saturday. He did make one beautiful pass in-between three defenders to Marshall near the sideline.
Bryce Petty came alive a bit during the end of team drills. He made a great pass to Quincy Enunwa down the seam past Dee Milliner for a would-be touchdown. Two plays later, he fired a great pass to hit Walter Powell perfectly in stride for a touchdown near the sideline. Bowles called practice right after the play. It was probably the rookie’s best performance, granted, there’s only been four practices.
The Jets will have off Monday before returning for practice on Tuesday. That practice will be closed to the public.