Florham Park, N.J. - The New York Jets had their first training camp practice since Thursday's 17-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Players were able to get their first looks under the lights and coaches were able to see who shined and who didn't. Practice was just upper pads today, but the physicality was still there. Here are the three takeaways from today's practice.
1) The wide receiver group absolutely dominated the defensive backs. I don't know what it was, but all the receivers were on another level. They were beating defenders deep, short, over the middle, you name it. One pairing in particular that had everyone watching was Darrelle Revis on Brandon Marshall. In one-on-one's, the two went at it five times. Marshall had four catches and beat Revis deep three times. The one time Revis beat Marshall was in the redzone and he was able to punch the ball out of Marshall's hands before he was able to make the catch. Eric Decker shined as usual, making one-handed catches look easy. In full-team drills, Decker ran a fly route and beat Bryson Keeton for the touchdown, which had the crowd go nuts. Quincy Enunwa dominated the defensive backs physically, being able to break away and push off with ease. Jalin Marshall and newcomer Anthony Kelly made plays during the full-team drills. Both are fighting for roster spots. One receiver who carried over his success from Thursday was Charone Peake. A 7th-round draft pick in the past NFL Draft by the Jets, Peake excelled during practice, as he as well is fighting for a roster spot.
2) The front seven played the best against the run all camp. There were a lot of pops coming from the defense. Besides the occasional Bilal Powell breakaway run, no other running back could do anything. Matt Forte, Bernard Pierce, and Dominique Williams didn't practice today. Khiry Robinson and newcomer Lache Seastrunk were unable to get anything going on the run. To top it all off, Romar Morris had a run up the middle in which Rontez Miles came flying in and drove his shoulder into Morris'. After the contact, Morris collapsed and was taken off the field. He didn't come back. Jarvis Jenkins, Sheldon Richardson, and Freddie Bishop III were causing trouble upfront while Erin Henderson, Lorenzo Mauldin, Jordan Jenkins, and Darron Lee helped stuff the run. Tommy Bohanon was really the only back to get good chunks of yards up the middle when he carried the ball.
3) Lee got first team reps as David Harris had an excused absence from camp. Lee shined on Thursday against the Jaguars, having four tackles, two for loss, and one sack. New York didn't know when Lee was going to be ready once they drafted him, but he is starting to develop faster than originally planned, which is very good. Lee has had a good camp leading up to the first preseason game. It proved that he wasn't afraid of going under the lights and is reliable when called upon. At todays practice, he was apart of the linebackers that stuffed the run. He also got a lot of reps with the first team during redzone plays. This could mean more plays for Lee come the regular season.