Florham Park, NJ - The Jets closed out the first week of training camp with their second straight day of padded practices, the intensity and energy level went up even as we were forced indoors due to the rain. The Jets look like a team trying to get back into their football rhythm, with ups and downs across the board, lots of key players not out practicing yet but there were still a few positive signs that jumped out while watching practice.
1) Darrelle Revis still isn't participating in any team drills, but he was out there with his helmet and pads on during individual drills. Revis said he's still experiencing some occasional soreness in his wrist, but if he's taking part in individual drills than team drills can't be far off and playing in preseason games should be right after that.
Revis looks to be in perfectly fine shape and because it was his wrist he injured he's been able to do plenty of running, so he shouldn't have as much trouble getting back into "football shape" as someone recovering from a leg injury.
2) The hardest positions to evaluate in training camp are the offensive and defensive lines. We're standing on the sidelines trying to see through a sea of bodies and once the ball gets snapped you mostly see a jumbled mess of Green and White jerseys colliding. But what will stand out is when you see a defensive lineman consistently penetrating into the backfield to disrupt the offense and on Sunday that player was Leonard Williams.
We couldn't see which offensive linemen were getting beat, but whoever was in front of Williams was not getting the job done as Williams was a constant disruption. With Muhammad Wilkerson still recovering from his broken leg and Sheldon Richardson missing practice for personal reasons the Jets aren't practicing with a full deck on the defensive line but on Sunday Williams was enough all by himself.
3) Undrafted rookie receiver Jalin Marshall has been the biggest surprise standout of the offseason so far, and he continued to look good on Sunday, but he's not the only undrafted rookie that's making a name for himself. Safety Doug Middleton started to come on strong at the end of OTAs and he continues to impress in training camp. Middleton had an interception and always seems to be around the ball breaking up passes or getting in position to make a tackle. Middleton knows as an undrafted rookie he has his work cut out for him if he wants to make the Jets roster, but if he keeps playing like he has been recently it's going to be much tougher for Todd Bowles to justify cutting him than finding him a spot on the roster.
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