Florham Park, NJ - Another training camp practice is closed and in the books as we are exactly a week away from the Jets first preseason game of the season. With just four practices to go until that first preseason players are beginning to separate themselves in position battles and the shape of the future roster is beginning to take shape but for now we'll focus on the three big takeaways from today's practice.
1) It was an off day for a handful of Jets veterans as Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, David Harris and Ryan Fitzpatrick got the day off today. With Fitzpatrick sitting out the other three quarterbacks got more reps today, each bumping a spot up the depth chart, but none of them did anything special to take advantage of the opportunity for more reps. Bryce Petty did have his best practice of camp, he made three spectacular throws, but the rest of his passes were typical of what we've seen from Petty since last season. Geno Smith was perfectly adequate, he had his receivers working against him a bit with a few drops and made some nice throws and didn't do anything terrible but he also didn't do anything particularly impressive. Christian Hackenberg had another rough day, on his first play in 11-on-11s he got strip-sacked by Deion Barnes, later had a pass batted down as rookie linebacker Jordan Jenkins forced his way into the backfield to swat the pass away and he threw an interception, on a short dump off to running back Dominique Williams, to Julien Obioha.
2) With Brandon Marshall and Decker out that meant more reps for the rookie receivers Jalin Marshall and Charone Peake. Jalin had lit up the first week of camp but cooled off a little so far this week, after drawing Darrelle Revis (more on him in a second) for the first time in coverage Revis almost came away with the pick and Jalin dropped a perfectly thrown pass from Smith, but after that he started making plays again. The most impressive of those plays was a simple go route up the right sideline where he beat fellow rookie Juston Burris and Petty hit him with a perfect rope that traveled about 30-35 yards through the air and Jalin just kept running.
Peake had the catch of the day though, he hasn't been nearly as impressive or consistent as Jalin but Peake made a magnificent one-handed catch while dragging both his feet to stay in bounds.
3) While many other vets got the day off Revis had his first full day as he got a full practice worth of team reps. He didn't do anything especially noteworthy other than the one breakup on a pass to Jalin, but he looked to be in fine shape and health running around out there and should be ready to be a full go for the majority of camp from here out.
Sticking with the secondary, Dee Milliner must've been studying some film of Charles Tillman because he executed the 'Peanut Punch' to perfection. Kenbrell Thompkins had made a great catch, fell down to the ground, got up before being touched and ran down field when Milliner ran over and punched the ball loose and pounced on it for a turnover. This was the third or fourth instance of Milliner causing a forced fumble so far this camp.
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