Sloppy Practice for Jets on Day 5
CORTLAND, N.Y.- After an off day on Sunday, the Jets hit the practice field at Cortland on Monday well rested. However, it seems the off day may have done more harm then good because today’s practice was a rough one filled with penalties, turnovers and the level of play was not up to par with the first four days of practices.
“Sometimes you give guys you know an off day and things… It’s like I don’t get it you know you’re not as sharp, the focus doesn’t seem to be there. We came out of practice, we started pretty good and then at the end of it kind of waned a little” said head coach Rex Ryan.
With that, here are some other things to takeaway from Monday’s practice.
PENALTIES, PENALTIES AND MORE PENALTIES
Every time a penalty is committed during practice everyone from Jets’ players to staff members have to drop down and do 10 pushups. Well, they are going to be sore tomorrow because today’s practice saw a plethora of penalties.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, during one sequence of practice the Jets’ starting unit committed three penalties in a series of only 6 plays.
While the penalties in practice today may cause concerns for Jets fans given the team’s communication issues in the past, quarterback Michael Vick believes that issues like these are fixable.
“Those things are going to be corrected. I think come game time there are different variables, different things are going to happen. You coach off it right now, you correct it, you penalize the guys however you want to do it… We are just trying to correct that. That’s easy to fix.”
Fellow quarterback Geno Smith agreed with Vick’s assessment that the amount of penalties committed in practice today were an aberration and can be corrected saying, “I fully expect us to clean up on those things [penalties] and get better at it tomorrow.
OFFENSIVE STRUGGLES/DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE
The defense of the Jets has been and continues to be the strength of the team and they dominated day five of training camp. The Jets offensive line struggled to protect the quarterback, which led to hurried throws and turnovers.
Even though the offense struggled against the defense today both Geno Smith and Michael Vick did not show any sense of frustration.
“I wouldn’t say frustrated no not at all” said Smith. “That’s the reason why we practice. Some days the defense will have the upper hand.”
Also of note, while the Jets are continuing to say that the competition for the starting quarterback is still wide open, Geno Smith continued to take a majority of the first team reps today. According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com on twitter, Smith took 12 out of a possible 16 first team reps. It is clear that the starting quarterback position is Geno’s job to lose.
While the offense struggled the defense thrived. One player in particular that stood out today was nine-year veteran strong safety Dawan Landry. Landry who is expected to help mentor rookie safety Calvin Pryor (who did not practice today) showed that he still has something left in the tank during 7-on-7 drills. According to these two twitter posts by ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini, Landry had an interception on Michael Vick and a sack.
THE INJURY BUG
The Jets have been hit hard by the injury bug so far during training camp and today was no different. According to head coach Rex Ryan, nine players either did not practice or finish practice today.
Some of the more notable injuries included wide receiver David Nelson didn’t finish practice after injuring his groin, running back Bilal Powell who has looked good so far during training camp also injured his hamstring during the practice.
Rookie tight end Jace Amaro was expected to be back at practice today but the team is taking a conservative approach according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News on twitter, spent practice working with trainers and did not participate in team drills.
First round draft pick Calvin Pryor also did not practice today. Although he posted this to Instagram saying he did not have a concussion, he was still held out presumably going through all of the NFL protocol testing.
There was some good news on the injury front. Willie Colon who began training camp on the PUP (Physically Unable To Perform) list participated in team drills for the second time and according to head coach Rex Ryan “seems to be doing really well.”
NEWS AND NOTES
According to multiple reports, Jets Owner Woody Johnson made his first appearance at training camp today.