FLORHAM PARK: The Jets returned from Monday’s day off to take the practice fields in preparation of Friday’s game with the Atlanta Falcons.
The walking wounded
There were 10 Jets players that missed Tuesday’s practice with various injuries. Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (hamstring), receiver Chris Owusu (concussion), cornerback Dee Milliner (wrist), quarterback Geno Smith (jaw), running back Stevan Ridley (PUP, knee), cornerbackCurtis Brown (hamstring), receiver Devin Smith (ribs), tight end Jace Amaro (shoulder) and linebacker Erin Henderson (knee) all missed practice.
Offensive lineman James Brewer sat out his first practice of training camp dealing with a back injury that flared up yesterday. After missing portions of practice on Sunday, receiver Brandon Marshall, cornerback Antonio Cromartie and tight end Steve Maneri all returned in some capacity.
For the second consecutive practice, the Jets spent a large chunk of the special teams portion working coverage assignments, specifically with the punt team.
When New York did throw returners back there to field punts, it was the same group that has been handling the duties: Receivers DeVier Posey, Jeremy Kerley, Walter Powell and Eric Decker, along with cornerback Javier Arenas.
Arenas is an interesting person to have back returning punts. While he hasn’t had the same success on the NFL level, he did return seven punts for touchdowns while in college.
It looks like each practice the Jets are going to work the receivers and cornerbacks 1-vs-1 at some point. Sometimes it’s in the red zone, other times, like today, it’s around the 30 yard line.
Below are a few videos from the highly-competitive and fan-favorite drill:
- Receiver Jeremy Kerley with a nice route run [VIDEO]
- Receiver T.J. Graham beats Darrelle Revis [VIDEO]
- Cornerback Buster Skrine with solid coverage on Brandon Marshall [VIDEO]
- Receiver Brandon Marshall beats Buster Skrine [VIDEO]
11-on-11, Full team drills
With it being a game planning/card day for the Jets, there isn’t too much to take away from the team drill. Players were going half speed, and the ‘scout team’ was learning the plays they’d run 15 seconds before running them.
Either way, on to the highlights…
Receiver Brandon Marshall had a nice practice. He made a good grab coming back to the ball on a deep in from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick had to climb the pocket and throw off balance in order to complete the pass. It was a good sign of chemistry that Marshall was able to react to Fitzpatrick’s duress. Marshall later made a reaching grab on a deep in on a pass from Petty. He showed soft hands on that one.
Fitzpatrick found Eric Decker for a touchdown on a rounded-out route in the red zone. Again, Fitzpatrick climbed the pocket and fired a strike to the wideout. On the next play, he got Marshall in the back of the end zone.
Cornerback Dexter McDougle had a nice practice and it started with a pass defense on one intended for Marshall. As Marshall got his hands on the ball, McDougle swatted it out. Marshall was frustrated, and threw the ball off to the sideline after.
A few plays later, McDougle jumped a Jake Heaps pass for a would-be pick-six.