Mini-Camp News and Notes II

The second session of mini-camp saw the Jets' offense dominate the defense on Monday afternoon.

Florham Park, NJ – With a morning session that seemed lively and perhaps even peppy out of the way, the New York Jets returned to the practice field on Monday afternoon for the second session of mini-camp. The offense picked up where it left off after the mid-day break with the wide receivers once again making big plays against the secondary. Some news and notes from this afternoon's session:

After sitting out the latter portions of the morning session after feeling "light-headed," All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis participated in afternoon drills, including 11 on 11 drills…Shonn Greene spent a lot of time in the early part of the afternoon session working on his pass catching skills, showing off better hands than last year during his rookie season. Quietly, Greene might be developing into a pass-catching threat in the backfield – or at the very least a viable option…The backfield spent time together working on their pass catching, moving to the side and then catching a toss from one of the four quarterbacks. Rookie fullback John Conner, a 5th round pick out of Kentucky, seemed to struggle at times with his lateral movement, looking very stiff.

He had a quiet morning but wide receiver Marcus Henry had a positive afternoon. Highlighting his efforts was a nice one-handed grab over an out-stretched member of the secondary. In stride, Henry caught and cradled the pass with one hand on a designed play to the back of the end zone. Henry was right where he was supposed to be…Rookie Joe McKnight had a bad drop in a passing drill, with the ball going right through his hands…Safety Brodney Pool was grouped with the starting defense for drills…The Jets' lined up at times with a modified 4-3 in rushing situations. The front four included Shaun Ellis, Sione Pouha, Kris Jenkins and Mike DeVito.

Vlad Ducasse sometimes lined up with the starters on the offensive line and sometimes with the second unit. He always looked nimble and easily got into the open on running plays. Ducasse can get down the field very fast for a lineman…7 on 7 drills are designed for the offense to succeed, and the Jets certainly did just that. Braylon Edwards made a stupendous basket catch, practically leaping over Revis and hauling the ball in over the cornerback off a pass from Sanchez. The play got a loud cheer from the offense…A few plays later, Sanchez threw a tight spiral to tight end Dustin Keller, who was streaking along the sideline, caught the ball and then fell over for a touchdown.

Much like he did in the morning session, Dwight Lowery looked dangerous in the secondary in the afternoon session. Lowery intercepted a Kellen Clemens pass that the quarterback telegraphed over the middle. It was a nice read and a good break from Lowery to get the pick…Edwards made another highlight reel haul, snaring a pass in the back of the endzone with Antonio Cromartie draped all over him. Edwards stayed in bounds and held onto the ball even as he tumbled to the ground…Rookie tight end Jeff Cumberland used his body well to position himself for a touchdown in 7 on 7 drills. Cumberland was found by Sanchez several times in the afternoon session, never dropping a pass…Wide receiver Britt Davis had good awareness to drag his feet and stay in bounds off a 15-yard touchdown pass from Clemens.

Edwards is sporting big chops as facial hair these days, reminiscent of mixed martial arts fighter Kimbo Slice.

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