A look at the news and notes of interest from Monday's afternoon session:
On his first six drill plays in 11 on 11 and 7 on 7 passing drills, Mark Sanchez had a rough start. The Jets' incumbent quarterback went 1-6, his only completion to Dustin Keller over the middle on his first pass of the session. Sanchez hit Jerricho Cotchery in the back on a pass over the middle, threw beyond David Clowney on a hitch and seemed off on nearly every play. Twice, he overthrew Braylon Edwards by at least two yards.
Any questions on the Jets' punting game, if there were any, should be put to rest soon. Steve Weatherford had a solid afternoon booting the ball, including a stretch of three kicks when he got into a good rhythm and kicked the ball over 45 yards all three times. Two of the kicks went over 50 yards…After dropping his first pass of drills in the morning session, Shonn Greene made a nice extension on stride to snag a pass early in the afternoon session.
Danny Woodhead made a nice adjustment in stride to twist his body and catch a ball thrown by Kevin O'Connell towards his back shoulder. It was a subtle play made to look easy by Woodhead…Brad Smith looked good all afternoon, including taking a simple 16-yard pass from Sanchez and finding space, he extended his stride and rumbled into the endzone. The YAC on the play was a little over 30 yards.
It's hard for the defense to stand-out in pass drills with little contact and no pass rush, but Drew Coleman earned praise from the coaches for a nice break on a ball thrown from Brunell. No sooner did Brunell pivot to throw than Coleman broke towards the receiver to wrap him up for a minimal gain…Linebacker Joshua Mauga had a good afternoon as well, including batting down a pass on O'Connell. Mauga dropped back well into coverage before springing forward to swat the ball with two hands.
Kris Jenkins and Kellen Clemens both trained on the bike throughout the afternoon. Jenkins, a graduate of Maryland, was overheard talking trash about the supremacy of ACC basketball…Erik Ainge, on the Reserve/Non-Football Injured List, was not at practice or even on the sidelines.
A group of maybe 10 teenagers showed up to practice with their bodies painted green and lettered to read "Jets Nation." The teens led the crowd in cheers and got Shaun Ellis to turn around from the other side of the field and wave.
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