FLORHAM PARK: For the final time before the Jets second preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons, the team took the practice fields at the Atlanta Health Training Facility. While practice originally began indoors, the team quickly moved inside after rain began to fall and lightning was spotted in the distance.
Below you will find a complete report from camp. As was the case Tuesday, Wednesday was a “card practice,” or game planning day.
What’s that mean? Check out Scout.com’s report from yesterday.
The walking wounded
Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (hamstring), quarterback Geno Smith (jaw), cornerback Dee Milliner (wrist), running back Stevan Ridley (PUP, knee), offensive lineman James Brewer (back), receiverDevin Smith (ribs), tight end Jace Amaro (shoulder), linebacker Erin Henderson (knee) and cornerback Curtis Brown (hamstring) all missed practice.
While Henderson’s knee injury was originally believed to only keep him out a week, Jets coach Todd Bowles said after practice the linebacker’s recovery timetable is now week-to-week.
Receiver Chris Owusu (concussion) did not practice today, but took the next step in the concussion protocol. Owusu was in full gear and worked with a trainer on the side catching passes.
Offensive guard James Carpenter came out of practice with an ankle injury. Speaking after practice, Bowles said he was told it wasn’t serious, but he wasn’t sure if it would impact Carpenter’s status for Friday’s game.
Defensive lineman Ronald Talley missed practice with a groin injury.
After working the coverage unit each of the last two days, the Jets focused on punt return Wednesday. Back returning kicks were receivers Eric Decker, DeVier Posey, Jeremy Kerley and Walter Powell. Cornerback Javier Arenas was also back there.
Because the Jets moved inside, it was cameras down during the individual portion of practice. As a result, just a few written highlights from the 1-on-1s:
Receiver Jeremy Kerley beat cornerback Marcus Williams with a pretty double move to get to the end zone. Kerley has had a tremendous week of practice.
Eric Decker beat Antonio Cromartie twice. On one, Decker moved his head outside before cutting inside. Cromartie was fooled bad and left flat-footed. A few reps later Decker beat Cromartie on a slant. Cromartie was beat off the break and grabbed Decker, but the wideout still broke free to make the catch.
Team Drills, Seven-on-Seven
With rain forecasted for Friday, Jets coaches spent time squirting a Gatorade bottle filled with water over the footballs before the snap. The objective, obviously, was to get the Jets QBs used to throwing with a wet ball.
Rookie quarterback Bryce Petty was intercepted by linebacker Taiwan Jones on a poorly underthrow ball.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had a really nice pass to receiver Brandon Marshall on a post. Some good zip was put on that ball.
Undrafted rookie quarterback Jake Heaps had a really nice practice and made a beautiful deep pass to receiver T.J. Graham down the right sideline. If Heaps can do nothing else, it’s throw the rock. He’s got tremendous arm strength.
Team Drills, 11-on-11
Linebacker Jamari Lattimore intercepted quarterback Bryce Petty. He simply undercut the route and returned it for a would-be touchdown.
Receiver T.J. Graham had a nice practice catching two touchdowns. His first was highlighted above, his second came on a nice goal line fade from Bryce Petty.
Against the third team, cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie each had interceptions. Again, this was a cards practice and both were going up against the Jake Heaps-led scout team, so don’t read too much into this.
Running back Zac Stacy had a pretty play when he hurdled defensive lineman Jordan Williams, who was lying on the ground, on a run up the middle. Stacy looks like he’s starting to get comfortable with the Jets offense. He’s a player to watch this Friday.
Quarterback Jake Heaps had his best showing of camp and was whipping the ball all over the field. He made a couple nice throws down the seam to receivers Shaq Evans and Walter Powell,
The Jets have off on Thursday before Friday’s game against the Falcons.