Some news, notes and quick hits from today's first session:
There was a variety of players fielding kick returns. Kyle Wilson and Joe McKnight have been the regulars throughout the OTA sessions and through the first day of mini-camp but they were joined by Brad Smith and former San Diego Charger Antonio Cromartie in the duties…In almost any drill, Kyle Wilson's feet are impressive. His lateral movement is superb and he gets his feet up fast and high…In catching drills, cornerback Darrelle Revis dropped a ball and went diving after it, coming up short. The punishment in such instances is 10 push-ups, which Revis performed. He did not look or appear light-headed after performing his penance.
Woody Johnson was present for the second straight day of mini-camp, wearing a bucket hat. He was there with his wife and son "Brick." Yesterday, Johnson chatted with some assistant coaches on hand from Rutgers who were observing the practice. "Thanks for making us proud to be in New Jersey," Johnson told Scarlet Knights' tight end coach Phil Galiano…During redzone drills, which start from the 14-yard line, Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes on a nice out pattern…After making a nice catch yesterday, Britt Davis made a leaping grab on Dwight Lowery in the back of the endzone during the redzone drills. It was perfectly timed.
Rookie free agent tight end Jeff Cumberland continues to impress. He made a nice grab on a basic corner route on a pass from Clemens and roared into the endzone showing impressive speed…The Jets showed off some wrinkles in the spread, utilizing LaDainian Tomlison as the lone player in the backfield…In addition, Matt Mulligan was in the backfield in another spread formation for blocking purposes to pick-up the "blitz"…Tomlinson showed good hands, going across his body to grab a sideline pass.
There was a great 7 on 7 sequence towards the latter part of the morning session. Kellen Clemens completely overthrew the ball, missing his target and Kyle Wilson raced onto the pass for an interception. Wilson then followed his blockers down the field, making it to the 45-yard line. But Wilson exposed the ball and Brad Smith stripped it from behind, with Clemens there to recover. Rookie mistake but great effort by Smith to force the fumble…Any concerns about Braylon Edwards' hands might be able to be put to rest. Edwards hasn't a dropped a catchable ball through mini-camp. While passes were deflected and plays were made, there were no mental errors by Edwards or poor plays. In fact, Edwards might be the top offensive performer of mini-camp.
In the first two-minute drill towards the close of practice, Sanchez hit Dustin Keller over the middle on fourth down to preserve the drive. On the next play, Sanchez threw a tight 33-yard pass to Edwards who was streaking down the sideline. Edwards stayed in bounds with precision for the touchdown…After the touchdown, a member from the offense yelled out "Shut up Jenkins!" in response to the defensive tackle's non-stop taunting during the drills. Jenkins just stood there, hands on his hips, smiling…Miy Mahran from the Bronx won the $5,000 dollar Play Like A Jet College Scholarship. Mahran attends the High School of Health Professions in Manhattan and will attend Marist in the fall.
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