Day 8 Offense Finally Shows Up
Cortland, New York- On day eight of training camp the offense showed that they to belong. After a couple of days in a row where the defense dominated it was the offense that ruled the day. With only six days away from the Jets first preseason game against the Colts it was good to see some fire from the offense who has been getting beat up all camp by the defense. Some of the wide receivers flashed a few good plays as Stephen Hill and Jacoby Ford stood out amongst the group. Here is what happened on day eight of camp.
Offense Shows They Can Ball Too
The offense looked extremely better than previous days at camp today as there were a number of big plays that grabbed attention. With the first-team out there Geno Smith hit Stephen Hill on a deep route that went for a 60-yard touchdown. With the second-team Michael Vick hit Jacoby Ford for a 65-yard touchdown. “I thought Mike and Geno both looked good (today.)” Rex Ryan told reporters after practice. Ryan also said about going deep, “whenever you have a good running game your going to be able to throw the ball vertically.”
Stephen Hill Has A Good Day
Going into his third professional season Stephen Hill isn’t exactly where he wants to be. With injuries the past two seasons the former second-round pick has not really contributed the way he or the organization would like him to. So far this training-camp Hill has had pretty good go of it. However today was his best day. Hill was making catches all over the field and caught a 60-yard bomb from Geno Smith to end the drive that lasted 10 plays. Rex Ryan told reporters, “It’s good to see, he is going to have an opportunity and I feel good because he is healthy.” Hill told me last week he feels more explosive than ever because he was able to lift more in the offseason. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come for Hill and this Jets offense.
The Jets have been having some injury issues of late, as a number of players were limited in practice today. Calvin Pryor is still being limited in practice with that concussion. Pryor was at practice for the second day in a row with pads but wearing the red non-contact jersey. Pryor told reporters after practice, “I didn’t even know I had a concussion, it was my first one.” The biggest surprise was Eric Decker. Decker apparently has been dealing with a hamstring issue. This is the first anyone is hearing of this, as Decker has been the Jets top playmaker on the offensive side of the ball for the first week of camp. Decker was limited in practice as he only participated in positional drills. Rex Ryan said it should be nothing to worry about, as Decker will play in the Green and White scrimmage tomorrow.
Preview Of The Green and White Scrimmage
Rex Ryan told the media that Geno Smith would start the scrimmage that takes place tomorrow night at 7pm. Most of the team will be participating in the scrimmage including Chris Johnson who has been on a pitch count. Rex Ryan said, “(tomorrow) the lights are on in more ways than one. This is when you start to see guys step up.” Rex added, “If you make plays you can’t ignore it.” It will be interesting to see how the coaches split things up, as tomorrow will really be the Jets only tune up before next Thursday when they take on the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Check back tomorrow after the game as our own Jeremy Epstein will break down the scrimmage.