Florham Park, NJ - After having the day off yesterday the Jets returned for the second week of training camp and their third straight padded practice. The pads brought out a lot of big hits, unfortunately for Romar Morris he was one the receiving end of most of them including one play where Jarvis Jenkins drove him a good foot or two into the earth, and emotions as both Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa were visibly pissed off after losing in the two-minute drill to end practice. As always we present today's three observations.
1) Reinforcements are slowly arriving, today the Jets got four of them into to team drills. Darrelle Revis, James Carpenter and Matt Forte all took to the practice field in helmets and pads and took part in individual drills while getting a couple of reps in team drills. Todd Bowles said the plan will be to slowly ease all three back into the fold a little more each day, none of the three did anything of note during those reps but it has to be encouraging to the Jets and their fans that those three players are a step closer to fully participating to be ready for the season.
The fourth player who returned was Sheldon Richardson who had missed training camp so far for the birth of his child. Richardson got a lot more work in than the other three returning players but Bowles didn't give him a full load on his first day back. That didn't stop Richardson from making some plays though, like when he rushed into the backfield and got a strip-sack just as Geno Smith was getting ready to make a pass and Richardson celebrated by running to the sidelines with his finger pointed in the air.
2) The defense won the day and it wasn't even close. All four quarterbacks struggled to get into a rhythm and the receivers struggled to get open. Dee Milliner continued to play great, Buster Skrine had his best day of camp so far as he broke up numerous passes, most intended for Eric Decker, and rookie cornerback Juston Burris had his third interception of camp. This one while covering Marshall as Ryan Fitzpatrick put a little too much under his pass allowing Burris to easily undercut Marshall, make the easy pick and top it off with a nice 30-40 yard return.
The receivers were so frustrated by their performance today that when the offense failed to get anything going during the two-minute drill Marshall punted the football out of frustration and Quincy Enunwa slammed his helmet to the ground as he walked off the field.
3) The one piece of good news for the offense was the running game was able to find a little more success than the passing game as Bilal Powell had an impressive day. Powell was constantly making sharp cuts, hitting the open holes, showing his value as a receiver and just bouncing off one defender after another. Once Forte fully returns he will start eating into Powell's reps but Powell showed us today why he makes such a dangerous number two running back.
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)