Concerns about Mark Sanchez and his recovery from off-season knee injury has subsided. The Jets' second year quarterback looked mobile, including step-over drills. Sanchez said that he didn't have any hesitation and that everything "feels good, it feels great."…Matthew Mulligan showed some good hands and that he is more than just a blocking tight end, snaring a nice catch early in a 7 on 7 drill…Matt Slauson drilled with the first unit as the left guard and looked solid. Vlad Ducasse, who had worked with the first unit extensively the week before during Thursday's OTA, was with the second string…David Clowney continued to show well during drills, picking up from some good work in OTA sessions. Clowney gets open on short routes and over the middle. He also performs well on special teams.
The Jets are going to be a very dangerous team when Santonio Holmes gets a full head of steam and into the open field. On an end run, Holmes got into the open very fast and blew by everyone on defense…Brashton Satele, a rookie out of Hawaii, struggled with his foot speed. He was burned by fellow rookie Joe McKnight on a pass play. Satele wasn't even close on the play – maybe it's because McKnight is close to fully fit…Linebacker Kenwin Cummings had a golden chance at some personal glory, but dropped a sure-fire interception. Cummings read the play perfectly and was parked in the middle of the field. He batted the ball up and with no one around him jumped up for it – only for the ball to fall between his fingers. He got razzed on by his teammates.
Dwight Lowery made a nice play in 7 on 7 passing drills, watching Sanchez's eyes and leaping high for an interception. Lowery is a player to watch, constantly earning praise from the coaching staff and getting lots of reps…A rookie free agent out of Illinois, Jeff Cumberland is making a statement. The tight end is a big body but nimble for his size. Most impressive, he gets his hands up very fast and he had a couple nice snags in tight coverage. Cumberland is making a nice statement so far in mini-camp….Braylon Edwards was reliable, catching a solid number of passes on the short to intermediate routes…Concerns about the kicking game may be unfounded. Last week, Nick Folk nailed a 53-yard field goal towards the end of practice that probably could have been good from another five yards back. On Monday morning, Folk hit one from 48-yards down the middle.
After the bloated Asomugha contract, Asante Samuels is next in the league, making $32.14 million in the first three years of his deal. Food for thought.
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