Jets Rookie Mini Camp Day 2 Recap
FLORHAM PARK, NJ- On a beautiful sunny day at the Atlantic Health Jets training center the Jets concluded day two of rookie mini camp. There were some flashes of brilliance as well as some “rookie mistakes” for the new members of the green and white. Many of the guys who made up the mini camp roster were tryout guys who will most likely not make it to camp. However the draftees did show Rex Ryan and his coaching staff what to look forward to this upcoming season.
Rex spoke very highly of first-round pick safety Calvin Pryor saying, “(Pryor) is smart, instinctive and is on top of it. Its rare that it comes easy and you see that in him.” Pryor did show a lot off good stuff out there talking to the defense, making checks and flying to the ball. Unfortunately, this is rookie mini camp and there are no pads so we did not get to see any of his famous hits.
Another defensive draftee that impressed Rex Ryan was the guy whose name no one can pronounce. Ikemefuna Enemkpali, or IK for short. He is the DE/LB sixth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech. Enemkpali showed good quickness off the line of scrimmage. Also in the last play of practice Enemkpali beat the right tackle with a beautiful swim move to get to Tajh Boyd for the sack.
It wasn’t only about the defense on day two, the offensive side of the ball also showed some promise. A couple of guys that stood out were TE Jace Amaro and WR Shaq Evans. Amaro, the second-round pick out of Texas Tech, is just a physical specimen. He is every bit of 6’5”, 265. The tight end from San Antonio is big with huge hands and long arms who can make every catch and box out defenders with his massive frame. He did have one drop, but did make up for it with a couple of nice grabs over the middle. The Jets believe he will make a big contribution to the offense this season and finally solidify the void the Jets have had at TE for the past several seasons.
Evans, the fourth-round WR from UCLA is listed at 6’1” 213 pounds is solid. He’s quick, has good hands, and can stretch the field. He made some nice catches but one stood out above the rest. During the seven on seven drills Evans made a spectacular leaping grab over the defender and tiptoed his way in bounds to complete the catch. If Evans can make those types of catches on Sundays then the Jets may have found themselves a real gem here. With the lack of firepower at the receiver position last year, Evans could be counted on heavily this season. After practice, Evans was asked how he would fit in with the rest of his teammates, “I just see myself being a guy that contributes wherever they put me. I’m a guy that can play inside and outside. I’m just coming in here to work hard and do everything I can to help this team win.
All in all it was a good first two days of rookie mini camp. It gave a chance for all of these players to go out and compete with one another. Next up for these guys will be full-team mini camp in a few weeks. This is where we will see who can separate themselves, as they will be going up against NFL veterans. Like Rex Ryan says in practice “Its Live Now!”