Three observations from the New York Jets Tuesday training camp practice

JetsInsider tidbits from Wednesday's training camp practice.

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Florham Park, N.J. – The New York Jets come back in their second week sporting pads for the fourth day in a row. Unlike the past three days, day four brought out a lot more intensity on both sides of the ball. Especially after yesterday’s practice, it was good to see the team fired up. Now, we present you today’s three observations.

1) The team played its most physical practice while wearing pads. Everyone was getting in on the action, not just the defense. During special team’s drills, it was just wrapping up and the occasional one or two players being brought to the ground, nothing too serious. Then as practice went on, the hits started to come out. Both sides were fighting for their respective teams to come out on top, so obviously big hits were to come. Some big blocks from the offensive line prompted Sheldon Richardson to tell the defense that now it’s their turn to deliver a hit. It was mostly wrapping and pushing on the passing plays, while it was more likely to see a big hit and players on the ground when a run would happen. One big hit was when the offense was doing a goal-line situation around the 40-yard line, Steve McLendon absolutely broke through the offense to take down Dominique Williams in the backfield for a big hit.

2) Williams, along with Romar Morris, are quietly having good training camps. There aren’t a lot of roster spots when it comes to the backfield. Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, and Khiry Robinson are going to make the roster, that’s for certain. With the addition of Bernard Pierce right before camp started, Williams and Morris have to go all out if they want a spot on the roster or practice squad. Williams and Morris are running exceptionally well, taking runs to the house and beating defenders on the outside. Both are also playing big parts in the passing game as well, getting behind blockers on screens and being a dump-off option for the quarterback. In the goal-line situation, Williams took two the house, one in which he trucked through rookie Darron Lee.

3) Ryan Fitzpatrick and the offense were able to get going in the right direction again. Unlike yesterday’s poor performance, quarterbacks and receivers looked good. During team drills, Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith were making very good throws, some in very tight coverage. There were the occasional mistakes, but for the most part both were solid. On the receivers’ side, not many dropped balls. Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker made big catches to get the fans excited. Quincy Enunwa and Kenbrell Thompkins were making solid catches to keep the chains moving. Even on a day where he wasn’t at his best, Jalin Marshall continued to make a case for himself to make the roster. Even the tight ends were getting in on this success, as Jace Amaro was a reliable targets for his quarterbacks when it came to the deep-ball. 

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