Three observations from the New York Jets Monday training camp practice

Three points of emphasis from practice Monday

FLORHAM PARK N.J. - Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-TW AR-SA After a day off yesterday the Jets took the practice field today, prepping for its preseason tilt against the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday. Today a few players were on the field after previously being injured. Running back Khiry Robinson came off the active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list, participating only in individual drills as he continues to get back into the swing of things. Robinson is recovering from a broken leg. Tight end Zach Sudfeld also returned to practice and participated in all drills. Sudfeld missed some time due to a knee injury. Here’s three things that stood out from today’s practice.

1) Geno Smith was locked in today. He showed tremendous poise and leadership working with the offensive unit. It was easy to see that Smith looked extremely comfortable at the line of scrimmage, calling out audibles and reading the defense. On another note, Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled to get off to a good start. He started 11-on-11 drills with two incompletions that were nowhere near the intended target. You could tell that he and his receivers were out of sync. Fitzpatrick’s body language showed that he was frustrated and out of rhythm with his receivers. On a play from inside his own 20-yard line, Fitzpatrick threw a quick out route towards the sideline and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa ran a go route and never even turned to look for it. Enunwa and Fitz made eye contact and Fitz just put his head down. Hopefully they will be on the same page Thursday.

2) Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker didn’t participate in 11-on-11 drills. This gave the young receivers an opportunity to hone their skills. Players such as Jeremy RossChandler Worthy and Charone Peake all had an exceptional practice. Worthy made plays whether it was going up high to catch a ball or finishing strong on a 5-yard out route. Peake was everywhere catching passes deep down the middle of the field and on the sidelines. He linked up with quarterback Bryce Petty for a beautiful back shoulder throw at the beginning of practice. From there things got even better for the Clemson rookie, specifically in the red zone when he went to the ground and made a catch with cornerback Darrelle Revis draped all over him.

3) Who will Fitz throw to during the regular season besides Marshall and Deck? The answer might be tight end Jace Amaro. The Texas Tech product had a stout day and showed that he can be a reliable target this upcoming season. During a red zone possession, Fitzpatrick threw into triple coverage and Amaro made him look good by making a leaping grab over defenders for a touchdown. Amaro then spiked the ball emphatically as fans and spectators cheered. Amaro’s six-foot-five frame could help the Jets become a legitimate red zone offense with Marshall and Deck on the outside. All in all it was a good day for Amaro.

The Jets will have its final practice tomorrow before suiting up to face the Jaguars on Thursday.

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