Jets Training Camp Starting To Wind Down
Florham Park, NJ- The Jets took the practice field in front of fans for one of the last times this summer as the Jets are just about ready to break camp. Tomorrow will be the last time the Jets have an open practice for the fans and it will be held at gang green’s old stomping grounds, Hofstra University in Long Island. Rex Ryan told reporters after practice, “I like going there, we are looking forward to going there. It’s tough because you try to tell your players this is our original fan base.” It will be the first time the Jets are returning to Hofstra after a couple of years of absence.
As for today’s practice Ryan told the media, “I thought we had a good practice, it looked like the defense played well during the two minute situation, we got couple of picks.” The defensive backfield definitely turned it up a notch today as they had a number of pass break ups and a pair of interceptions, one that went back for a touchdown. After their shaky performance last Saturday against the Bengals it will be imperative for the secondary to have a solid game this Friday against the Giants.
Speaking of the “other” New York team, the Jets will be going up against their cross-town rivals this Friday night at MetLife Stadium for the all-important, Snoopy Bowl. That is not all they will be playing for as Geno Smith told reporters after practice, “It’s definitely a bragging rights game and I’m looking forward to it, I think it will be a really good test for us leading into the season.” This third preseason game will be the last time a lot of the guys on the bubble have a chance to show the coaches something. Cuts start coming next Tuesday and there is no more room for error. The starters will play until halftime and possibly some in the third quarter. However for the second and third stringers it is time to show up and make some plays if they want to make it to the final 53-man roster.
The Jets will have back most of their inured players from a week ago as most of the players who have had nagging injuries all participated in some form of practice today. The only guy not to practice was Chris Johnson, as Rex Ryan said it was a pitch count day from him.
Jalen Saunders spoke to the media today after practice about his car accident last week but didn’t give many details as he said, “I’m felling great, and I’m not going to go into details about what took place on Friday. I took some tests at the hospital but I’m not sure what it is. Something was unusual about last Friday, but I’m alive and happy.” Saunders kept his medical situation pretty hush-hush and will not play this week against the Giants. It is unclear when Saunders will return to football action as right now he is limited to the trainer’s area.