FLORHAM PARK: Todd Bowles stood on the sidelined and watched as cornerback Marcus Williams jumped a Geno Smith pass and returned it for a would-be touchdown.
A few reps later, he witnessed another Geno turnover, this time caused by all-pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, who intercepted a pass near the sideline and returned it for another would-be score.
Then, an hour later, he climbed atop a podium, looked at the media looking back at him, and offered his take on the two ill-advised passes:
“I was beginning to think (the defensive backs) couldn’t catch,” he said with a smile.
For the first time all camp, New York’s signal caller tossed two interceptions as the Jets offense looked largely unenergetic throughout the two-hour workout. Coming off Saturday’s Green and White scrimmage and Sunday’s day off, New York simply didn’t have much life on the practice field. Smith was no exception.
While the third-year pro has looked much improved throughout camp, Monday he just seemed a bit off. He missed throws left, right, high and low. He tossed the two interceptions, but nearly threw a couple more. It was the first ‘off day’ in an otherwise stellar summer.
“The defensive backs made good plays. They get paid money too, hopefully they’ll make some more,” Bowles said. “You’ve got to give them credit. Somebody’s got to win or lose every day. It happened today.”
Other practice notes…
Receiver Shaq Evans had a nice showing, catching a pair of long balls from quarterbacks Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick. On the first, Evans got behind Revis for a 30-yard catch. On the second, the second-year pro fought back to make a tough catch in double coverage.
Speaking after practice, Bowles said he has an idea of how much he’ll play his starters in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Detroit Lions. The first-year coach will review his plans with his staff before coming to any set game plan.
The Jets coordinators and assistant coaches will speak to the media on Tuesday before practice. It will be the first time each has spoken since training camp began.