Jets Come Back To Jersey

Florham Park, NJ- After two and a half weeks at SUNY Cortland and two preseason games, the Jets finally returned home to Florham Park on Monday.  With the Snoopy Bowl on the line this weekend, the Jets will play their cross-town rivals the Giants. Practice intensity wasn’t at its best as it was a hot and muggy day at the Atlantic Jets Training Center.  Here is the breakdown of what went on the field today.

Geno Smith happy to be back home in Florham Park giving the cameras a smile. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Half Speed

For most, it not all, of practice the Jets went at half speed.  This was to be expected, as it was the first day back after their day off.  Most team periods were against the offensive and defensive scout teams. Most likely the team is game planning for the Giants this Friday. Practice was in shorts and shells as the Jets are starting to wind down training camp.

The Geno-Decker Connection

This entire training camp and preseason we have figured out very quickly who Geno Smith’s favorite target is, Eric Decker. Smith has been looking to Decker early and often this preseason as his first completed pass was to Decker.  Some of the chemistry they were developing took a little bit of a hit, as Decker did not play last Saturday against the Bengals. However Decker was out there today in team drills and caught a beautiful 50-yard bomb from Smith for the touchdown. Decker should play this Friday against the Giants and it will be good to see the two back in game action together. Rex Ryan sounded optimistic after practice about Decker playing this Friday.

Injury Bug

The Jets have a laundry list of injuries after the first couple of weeks of camp.  The Jets have already lost Dexter McDougle for the season with an ACL tear.  Dee Milliner the Jets number one corner back is still out with that high ankle sprain, and a number of players have been banged up and were forced to miss portions of practice. Nick Mangold did not participate in practice today with a toe injury and was limited to the bike on the sideline. Corner back is still looking thin as Dimitri Patterson, Ras-I Dowling, and Jeremy Reeves were all on the sideline with the trainers. The Jets PR staff did inform the media that Jalen Saunders was released from he hospital Sunday morning and will speak to the media sometime in the coming days.  Rex Ryan told the media after practice that Saunders will not play this Friday and also added that they will be cautious with him.

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