PRACTICE REPORT: Day 5

After an off day yesterday the Jets returned to the practice field for week two of training camp. It was an uneventful day for the top two quarterbacks as they avoided interceptions but also didn't do anything great. A few other players certainly made an impression today though.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Day 5 of training camp was a solid meh day from the quarterbacks, Ryan Fitzpatrick had his most impressive day with the Jets so far but that still didn't amount to much when he led the second unit to a quick four-and-out during two-minute drill.

Fitzpatrick's best pass of the day was a gorgeous ball that traveled around 35 yards in the air, dropped perfectly over Saalim Hakim's shoulder as the speedy receiver ran down the sidelines beating Dee Milliner by a couple of steps. For most of the day Fitzpatrick looked real sharp and his passes had plenty of zip but as the practice went on that sharpness started to dull.

Geno Smith, who has had an excellent camp so far, probably had his worst day of camp as his was just a touch off for most of his passes. But the good news is even on his worst day he managed to avoid throwing an interception making that five straight practices without a pick. Smith did however have his first turnover of camp as he fumbled the ball trying to buy some extra time in the pocket during the two-minute drills but that was still more of a great play by Leger Douzable on the strip than a bad play by Smith.

Smith's best pass was a beautiful 35 yard touchdown pass right at the front pylon of the end zone to Brandon Marshall who had Antonio Cromartie beat by half a step, though after practice Cromartie said that Marshall got away with a little too much contact.

Jets CB Antonio Cromartie on matching up against WR Brandon Marshall


Despite giving up that touchdown Cromartie turned in his best performance of camp so far. Cromartie has probably been victimized more than any other corner so far, often getting beat on double moves, but he managed to stay right in the receivers hip all day and broke up numerous passes, a few which probably should have been interceptions.

Sticking with the cornerbacks Marcus Williams was one of the standout players of the day. Williams held up really well in 7-on-7's and 11-on-11's but it was during one-on-one coverage drills where he really shined shutting down whatever receiver was unlucky enough to draw his coverage.

Receivers Chris Owusu and Shaq Evans continued to impress. Poor Owusu didn't get a chance to do much in team drills because he was matched up against Darrelle Revis all day but he continued to look good in one-on-one's. Evans on the other hand got off to a slow start, with a few drops in one-on-one's, but came on strong during team drills making a handful of really nice catches including a few high passes that he attacked in the air.

Owusu has been the standout surprise at receiver so far this camp, especially since he's been running with the first team after Devin Smith got injured, but Evans as been just a notch below on the surprise standout scale.

All the team drills are great and so much fun to watch but the highlight of the day was easily watching the defensive line and offensive line do one-on-one drills. All five offensive lineman would line up and one defender would line up across from his man and those two would go at it, while the other four offensive lineman stayed in position, with the defensive player trying to beat the offensive lineman and get to a cowbell hanging from a post to ring it for the sack.

On one play rookie Leonard Williams became visibly frustrated by Brian Winters blatantly holding him and gave Winters a little, quick shot under the face mask. The coaches then decided to send Winters right back up but this time they called on Sheldon Richardson. Richardson bum rushed Winters, moving right through Winters, and jumped up and swatted the bell with both hands.

The most impressive performances in this drill were easily from IK Enemkpali and rookie guard Jarvis Harrison. Harrison locked up every defender that came at him and he did so with authority, there was not a single rep where he came close to getting beat including when he faced off against Richardson.

Enemkpali has been dominating these one-on-one drills all camp and today was no different. One rep after another Enemkpali just breezed past whatever lineman was put in front of him. On one play he was lined up against tackle James Brewer and before Brewer even stood all the up out of his stance Enemkpali flew right past him on his way to ringing the bell. When Enemkpali times that first step right he is awfully hard to stop, he's just so damn fast and it is a joy to watch.

Tomorrow the Jets hit the practice field again and as always we'll be here to bring you the recap of everything exciting that we see.

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