Florham Park N.J. - The New York Jets took the practice field for the final tune-up before their first preseason tilt against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night. With the preseason almost in full effect and the regular season inching closer, there were many positive signs to take away from practice on Tuesday for Jets fans to be excited about.
1) The Jets are getting healthier: It was encouraging to see players who were previously injured back on the turf at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility. After missing practice yesterday due to soreness in his leg, Eric Decker was suited up and in pads while fully participating in team drills. If there were any doubts the soreness would affect Decker, the receiver leaped high in the end zone over Marcus Williams for a touchdown. With that said, the biggest news of the day belonged to Muhammad Wilkerson. The Jets defensive end was activated off of the PUP list and participated in individual workouts. Defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers even made Wilkerson break down the huddle, which brought out the excitement and some jokes from Wilkerson's teammates. Running back Khiry Robinson and tight end Zach Sudfeld both resumed individual workouts with Sudfeld receiving a heavier workload in team drills. Breno Giacomini and Devin Smith remain the only Jets on the PUP list and Matt Forte (hamstring) did not suit up for practice.
2) One receiver is peaking at the right time: Charone Peake picked up where he left off on Monday with another fantastic practice before the first preseason game. Coaches seemed to notice, as Peake received more reps throughout practice and made the best out of every opportunity. The Clemson product had multiple catches while recording three touchdowns. First, Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with Peake on a 15-yard catch and run for a big gain. Peake followed that with a 20-yard slant off of Dee Milliner, who is having a great training camp, for a touchdown. When Geno Smith entered team drills, the chemistry flourished as the duo was able to find a lapse in the secondary and complete a 30-yard reception to the end zone. Peake finished his day completing another 20-yard catch in the corner of the endzone. With Jalin Marshall impressing, one final reciever spot can be up for grabs. Charone Peake is making his case to break the roster. Keep an eye on him when the Jets kick off against the Jaguars on Thursday.
3) Clady clamps down: Former Pro-Bowl offensive tackle Ryan Clady looked all-star worthy on Tuesday. It is a promising sign for Jets fans as he was brought in to be D'Brickashaw Ferguson's replacement on the offensive line. There were plenty of question marks surrounding Clady, as he is coming off a season in which he missed all 16 games due to a torn ACL. Suited up and ready to practice, Clady moved extremely well on the offensive line. He was the reason why outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin was a shadow of himself, struggling to break through on Clady's side. In one situation, Clady clamped down on Mauldin, shoving him to the turf. It was the former Broncos' lineman who opened up some holes for the running game allowing Dominique Williams, Bilal Powell, and Romar Morris to gain some big yards out of the backfield.
The Jets are off tomorrow but begin their 2016 preseason schedule on Thursday when the Jacksonville Jaguars visit MetLife Stadium.
Joe Barone is a staff writer for JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@28JoeBarone), or via email (email@example.com)