Cortland, NY- Coming into this season the Jets were already thin at corner back, but now the Jets are down to the bare minimun at the position. On Sunday, the Jets lost their third-round pick, Dexter McDougle, to a season ending ACL injury. On the same day Dee Milliner suffered a high ankle sprain. Luckily for the Jets, Milliner will only be out a couple of weeks, however do not expect him to play until the season opener. The Jets got back to work Tuesday and here are the storylines from practice.
Antonio Allen At Corner Back?
Antonio Allen has been coming along nicely as a safety over the past few seasons. “Double A” as Rex Ryan calls him, has been raving about his young defensive back all camp. On Tuesday, Rex told the media some surprising news, “He’ll Start (at corner back), what the heck?” When referring to Allen. Allen is going to be thrown into the fire, as he will most likely have to cover A.J. Green this Saturday night when the Jets take on the Bengals in Cincinnati. Allen told reporters about playing corner back on Saturday, “I’m going to get out there and make some plays. I know that. I’m going out there confident and no-holds barred.” You have to like the way he is approaching his first start at corner back. As Rex Ryan has said in the past you need to be confident when playing corner back because you are out there by yourself.
The Corner Back unit looks thin after the injuries to McDougle and Milliner. (JetsInsider.com Photo)
Geno Has Another Solid Practice
After Geno Smith’s not so stellar performance in last Thursday’s preseason game against the Colts, Smith is looking to bounce back with a solid performance this Saturday. Tuesday was a step in the right direction. Smith finished 5-for-11 with one touchdown. Smith is still trying to beat out Michael Vick for the starting job. Vick showed flashes of what he used to be as he ran around pretty well for a thirty-four-year old, however Smith is still getting 75 to 80 percent of the first team reps. Rex Ryan still will not name a quarterback for week one, but did say Smith will start Saturday against the Bengals.
Wide Receivers Have A Case Of The Dropsies
On a rainy day up in Cortland New York, the Jets held practice that was closed to the public. Don’t think the receivers got the memo, as they were almost non-existent at practice today. Stephen Hill had a number of drops most likely due to the rain, but that is no excuse. Hill who has been notorious for dropping balls in the past is certainly on the chopping block. Now it is time for Hill to show the Jets something. Up until this point, Hill, has had a pretty decent camp. In the game last week against the Colts, Hill had zero catches, which is not a good way to start the preseason. The receiver group is getting a little bit crowded and someone is going to have to step up in the next preseason game or they might not have a job in the coming weeks.
Chris Ivory who left last week’s game with a rib injury will play on Saturday, Rex Ryan told the media after practice. Jeff Cumberland left practice early with a sore Achilles, but will have a chance to play on Saturday. Dee Milliner is scheduled to have an MRI on his ankle sometime this week, but the Jets are waiting for the swelling to go down. Do not expect to see him back for the rest of preseason. Calvin Pryor was back in full pads running full speed and making hits Pryor will most likely get his first game action this Saturday.