FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - After a very chippy practice yesterday, the Jets took the field in pads late this afternoon, for drills and a light scrimmage. A host of players didn't participate in practice such as Dexter McDougle, Juston Burris, and Kenbrell Thompkins. After practice Head Coach Todd Bowles confirmed none of the players who sat out were severely injured and that it was a day-to-day process. Here's three observations from today's shortened practice.
1) On the last day of OTAs, Bowles said that Bryce Petty would be the backup quarterback if Ryan Fitzpatrick didn't return. Since Fitzpatrick's return Petty has been inconsistent to say the least looking more like a third or fourth string player at this point. Today Petty showed glimpses of maturity, like when he connected with wide receiver Chandler Worthy on a sweet 35-yard touchdown pass that he dropped in over the defense, his best throw all practice I might add. Petty didn't seem to command the line of scrimmage the way that Geno Smith and Fitzpatrick did today and as a result the entire offensive unit looked out of sync. There were guys lined up wrong and you could hear coaches yelling at players from the sideline. During a red zone possession, Petty made a head scratching throw on the right side of the field into what looked to be triple coverage. The throw was intercepted by cornerback Darryl Morris. Rookie Christian Hackenberg also struggled at times with his accuracy, overthrowing targets in the red zone.
2) With Matt Forte inactive due to a hamstring injury, running back's Dominique Williams and rookie Romar Morris saw a lot more reps today and boy did they look good. Both ran through the holes with confidence and speed showing spectators that they can be viable players. Despite the occasional run stuff by the defensive line, both players seemed energized today running through holes that occasionally led them to the secondary of the defense. During training camp, both Morris and Williams have been taking punt and kick return reps looking to provide a jolt to the special teams unit. The Jets have a plethora of running backs, keep an eye on these two dark horses throughout the rest of training camp and preseason as they look to make the roster.
3) While fans were waiting to see if Darrelle Revis would match up against Brandon Marshall, cornerback Marcus Williams had an outstanding day breaking up passes all over the field. Often times Williams drew the task of guarding Brandon Marshall, coming up with a few pass defenses intended for the star wide-out. Williams was also matched up against rookie Jalin Marshall whom he also defended well. One play in particular showed the versatility of Williams when he executed a flawless cornerback blitz for a would-be sack of Petty. Williams had a career year last year with six interceptions but isn't ready to make any predictions about the upcoming season. "We'll see, you never know how it's going to go," Williams said last Thursday. "My main thing right now is to try and get better."
The Jets have a day off tomorrow and will pick up practice on Monday.
Marcus Reynolds is a staff writer for Jetsinsider.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@Marcus_JRNL) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).