FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Voluntary OTAs are wrapping up, and as we head into mandatory OTAs and training camp, there has been much to talk about during these last few practices. Here are three observations from this week.
WR CHANDLER WORTHY:
The 5’9 wide out caught just three passes in his rookie season with the Houston Texans, but turned some heads during practice showing quickness and explosive route running on the outside. He has the potential to contribute to the passing game from the slot position. If he continues to have productive practices, he can certainly make the roster adding to an already talented receiving core.
Ryan Fitzpatrick's contract situation still looms over the Jets organization. The uncertainty on whether he will suit up for Gang Green has allowed the media to get a closer look at the remaining quarterbacks. Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg have showed signs of inexperience and at times have looked uncomfortable and erratic in the pocket, throwing passes too high and behind receivers. But that can be expected in early June as neither have started in an NFL game. Geno Smith seems well ahead of the pack for the potential backup or starting position. However, the four-year man threw an errant pass that landed in the hands of cornerback Dee Milliner in an 11-on-11 drill. Head coach Todd Bowles has been pleased with what he’s seen from Smith over the past few weeks despite Fitzpatrick’s absence. “Regardless if Fitz is here or not we evaluate him the same,” said Bowles.
Over the years the Jets have counted its defense as the team's foundation. This year should be no different. With an experienced three-man front the Jets are poised for another strong defensive year. During practice, the defensive line looked quick and agile getting out of their stances and on many occasions, forced the opposing quarterback to adjust in the pocket. Led by defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers the unit looks as strong as ever months away from the start of the regular season.
The Jets suit up for again next week for its last 3 day full-team mini-camp before having six weeks off until training camp starts at the end of July. Be sure to check back to JetsInsider.com for full coverage!
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