Florham Park, NJ - For the poor fans that showed up to watch today's public practice today had to be a huge disappointment. Practice started out just fine, fans got to see players excited to be wearing full pads and run some fun special team drills then came the thunderstorm and all their fun was over as practice moved inside.
It was exactly ideal for the media either, it was hotter inside than it was outside but the complaint that you might actually care about is it was much harder for the media to get a good look at exactly what was happening on a lot of plays. But we saw enough to present you with today's three observations.
1) Dee Milliner continues to have a great offseason. All through OTAs Milliner was getting first-team reps — thanks to Darrelle Revis being sidelined with his wrist injury — and so far he continues to take advantage of this opportunity and put his talent on full display. Milliner has been drawing a lot of Brandon Marshall this offseason and he has done a great job of holding his own. Does he get beat by Marshall? Of course, this is Brandon Marshall we are talking about but Milliner continues to stick right in the hip of whatever receiver he is covering.
Today Milliner made a great play to jump in front of a short sideline throw from Ryan Fitzpatrick, make the interception and then finish it off with an impressive double toe-tap to get both feet in bounds and make it count. On the next series Milliner was targeted on three straight plays and all three went incomplete as Milliner broke one up in the corner of the end zone and his perfect positioning forced the other two throws be way off target.
After practice Todd Bowles, as he does, was hesitant to put any meaning behind Milliner's strong offseason, but he did admit Milliner has a shot at earning the number two cornerback spot opposite Revis.
2) Jace Amaro showed up today, it was his first practice of camp where he made a handful of plays in team drills. With Marshall and Eric Decker commanding so much attention from opposing defenses, especially on the outside, Amaro should own the seams and crossing routes and that's exactly what he did today. The Jets will want to see even more of that than they saw today but it's a good sign that he started to get it going because that third receiving option for Fitzpatrick is his to grab if he can just hold onto it.
In one-on-one blocking drills Lorenzo Mauldin tried to beat Amaro but Amaro locked him up and stood Mauldin up stopping him dead in his tracks. It was just one rep in one drill but Amaro has repeatedly stressed how important it is for him to improve as a blocker and if he can block even half as good as he did on that play with consistency he could help cover up some of the deficiencies on the offensive line.
3) Jordan Jenkins is another player who just seems to be getting more comfortable everyday and it shows as he keeps making plays. He's had a couple of interceptions so far this camp, has gotten to the quarterback and has done a great job of knowing his assignments and setting the edge. Darron Lee gets all the attention, deservingly so, as the first-round pick and Lee has shown off his talent and ability that we will see in action come the regular season but Jenkins could very well start the season at outside linebacker and be used on all three downs in the Calvin Pace role only far younger, faster and more athletic.
Chris Nimbley is the editor-in-chief of JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@cnimbley), or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)null