Linebackers Bryan Thomas and Kenwin Cummings were the standouts on the defensive side of the ball, with good pursuit and breaks on the ball. Cummings also performed well on special teams, earning praise from coach Mike Westhoff for some very physical blocking.
A look at the news and notes from the morning session. The afternoon session will be mainly special teams work:
Tony Richardson never takes a play off, even though the 16-year veteran of the league is the second most experienced player on the Jets, he doesn't live on his reputation. The fullback is an incredibly solid and technical blocker, who does every little thing right. Most noticeable is how Richardson gets under a player's pads and then within a half-step gets his legs under his body and starts churning with power. Really pushes a would-be tackler back…While he isn't as technical, rookie fullback John Conner is bruising with his hits. Conner delivered some of the best whacks of the day during special teams' drills. Some of the fans started calling him "The Terminator."
A team source tells GreenAndWhiteReport that the Jets are very high on Chauncey Washington and there's a reason for that. The running back moves effortlessly on the field and like Cummings, earned praise from Westhoff during special teams drills. The team source thinks Washington will at least make the practice squad and his Tuesday morning showing certainly helped matters.
Like Richardson, Mark Brunell has seen his fair share of training camps, but the Jets' backup quarterback runs to every drill and every part of the field. His work ethic alone makes him a good role model for Mark Sanchez, but Brunell was very impressive in running the offense. He rarely made a bad throw all morning…The same could not be said for Sanchez, who once again struggled. Noticeably, his timing was off with his receivers as everything seemed to be behind his targets over the middle or well wide on out patterns. Sanchez seemed noticeably frustrated by the end of the morning session.
After a bad drop to start mini-camp on Monday, Shonn Greene caught everything thrown his direction on Tuesday morning. The running back looked very confident…Greene's partner in the backfield, Joe McKnight, had a sharp morning session. McKnight clearly feels something to prove based off the failed conditioning test last week. His motor was really going and he always finishes a run strong, even when he doesn't have to. His feet are fast, among the fastest on the team along with fellow rookie Kyle Wilson. Watching him make cuts was also impressive.
There was a little bit of a tussle involving tackle Wayne Hunter and Cummings following a rushing play during 7 on 7 drills, with Hunter pushing the linebacker away. Cummings returned to where the defense was standing and received a number of head pats and slaps from his teammates.
The kick-off return order was Brad Smith, Kyle Wilson, Joe McKnight, Chauncey Washington then Antonio Cromartie. Of all the returners, Smith and Cromartie looked the most solid…Speaking of Cromartie, the former Chargers' cornerback looks settled in the new defense and he glides across the field. At one point, his knees were almost hitting his chest as he ran…Cromartie had a nice interception on Sanchez, sitting back and reading #6's eyes then making a break to snare the ball…Drew Coleman also had a similar interception on Mark Brunell.
Santonio Holmes is expected to report on Wednesday morning. The wide receiver is out due to family issues…Tight end Jeff Cumberland had a stellar morning, also lining up as a receiver. He made a great catch lined up far right in isolation off a deep ball from Kevin O'Connell. Cumberland adjusted his stride well to get the bomb without losing a step. The undrafted free agent still needs to work on his blocking, especially in terms of his hand placement and leveraging his lower body strength.
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