Wednesday Morning News & Notes

The news and notes and quick hits from a fired up Jets' team on Wednesday morning.

Cortland, NY – A feisty and competitive practice matched the heat in terms of intensity as the Jets returned to the field for their fourth full training session of mini-camp. On Tuesday afternoon, the special teams' unit practiced while the rest of the team lifted and did weight training and conditioning. Wednesday morning saw the full-team practicing, and they did so in a feisty session.

Santonio Holmes was on campus but did not practice in the morning. Kris Jenkins, who spent the first two days on the bike following a hamstring setback, did some light drills and training.

A look at the news and notes from Wednesday's morning session:

Jason Davis is an intriguing player, a fullback now in his second year out of Alabama. Competing with incumbent Tony Richardson and rookie John Conner, Davis is a good blocker with decent feet and a terrific work ethic…Speaking of fullbacks, in blocking drills, Bart Scott completely blew by Richardson on an early drill, essentially swatting away the veteran fullback in a move that drew cheers from the crowd. On their next rotation together in the drill, Richardson made sure to get under Scott and got his block in. The two exchanged head pats after the play.

There is not a harder hitter in camp then James Ihedigbo. The last two days, "Digs" has been cracking his helmet into players, clearly making a statement with his play…Joe McKnight's blocking is sporadic. On one play, he wrestled Ihegigbo to the ground as the running back fell backwards. It was a gutsy play but at full speed, McKnight could have exposed his quarterback. On his next rotation, Jim Leonhard completely schooled McKnight, blowing past him powerfully. Leonhard's play woke McKnight up. Next time he was lined up, McKnight took a shot to the body – a right hook from Scott – but held firm. The crowd cheered McKnight's brave stand. The rookie fourth round pick was also solid in pass catching and running drills.

On the first play of the 7 on 7 drills, Calvin Pace and David Harris swarmed the offensive line to hit Shonn Greene behind the line of scrimmage…On the next play, Kris Jenkins had a false start in one of his first plays of training camp…

Mark Sanchez had an up and down morning. Three times in 7 on 7 drills, he had to check in with the coaching staff to get the play right. "[Expletive] Mark!" one lineman said on the third occasion…Sanchez did connect with LaDanian Tomlinson on a nice pass and catch on the first play of 11 on 11 drills, earning a loud cheer from the team. Sanchez was 2-3 on the first series of 11 on 11's…Kellen Clemens ran out with the second group in the early sessions and then Mark Brunell was partnered with the group in the second half of practice. Clemens seemed a bit rusty…Sanchez was picked off a couple times by Antonio Cromartie, who had a beast of a morning. Cromartie was all over the field, breaking up passes and making plays. Twice, Cromartie caught Sanchez locking-in on a receiver and read the play perfectly for a takeaway. "I hope he doesn't keep throwing to me," Cromartie said.

Jeff Cumberland had a fantastic, one-handed snag against his body on a ball thrown behind him by Brunell. The kid is making plays…After a quiet start to camp, Laveranues Coles ran a tight route against the sideline to make a grab over rookie Brian Jackson…Kyle Wilson continued an impressive start to camp. The rookie made a bobbling interception while falling backwards…On one play of 11 on 11 drills, Calvin Pace ran offsides into the backfield, drawing flags. The move also drew the attention of rookie full back John Conner who dug his head into Pace's chest and stood up the linebacker. A cracking hit. Conner is having a very good camp.

One day after several former teammates in San Diego plastered him with negative quotes, Tomlinson looked like a man possessed. He finished every run strong and seemed to want the contact. A statement was made today by #21.

Kristian R. Dyer can be reached for comment at KristianRDyer@yahoo.com and followed at twitter.com/kdyer1012


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