Week Two OTA Recap
FLORHAM PARK, N.J.- On a blistering Wednesday afternoon, The Jets concluded day two of week two of voluntary OTA workouts. While the day had its good moments like the play of rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders who received praise from both Geno Smith and Michael Vick, head coach Rex Ryan was not pleased with his team’s efforts.
“There were a lot of mistakes that were made today.” Ryan said, “We had like six or seven penalties today we were blowing coverages (and) blowing assignments and it’s a good thing we’re not playing because it was kind of ugly out there today.”
Ryan was also concerned that the player’s mental mindset was affecting the production on the field saying, “What you’ll see sometimes is a guy would be thinking and the physical part that he’s done, that’s easy all of a sudden shows up messy.” Specifically, Ryan signaled out the struggles of rookie tight end Jace Amaro. Saying, “All you gotta do is look at Jace, Jace had like three drops today… that’s where, clearly, a guy is thinking so much that all of a sudden you lose the focus on what job one is (which) is to catch the football.”
While Ryan was clearly upset with the team’s play, he remained optimistic, “All this is okay as long as you improve, as long as you don’t see the same mistakes over and over… (but) if you are not learning and you’re making the same mistakes that’s when you have some problems but I love the way we are really working as a team together.”
Ryan was also pleased with the team’s improved communication which has been a much maligned issue over the past few season. “On the field, it was going a line empty, motion empty, several different personnel groups and it makes communication on offense (better) and makes a lot of communication on defense (better.)”
Second year cornerback Dee Milner who sat out practice with tightness in his hamstring praised the addition of experienced veteran cornerback Dimitri Patterson for the improved communication on defense, “He’s been doing good. You know another veteran guy that’s played in a lot of games and knows what he’s doing. He’s catching on to the defense very quickly so he’s doing great and helping me out also with different things that he’s seen throughout the league. That’s big for me, to have a veteran like that that’s been through a lot of games (and) been on a lot of teams seen the systems.”
Also of note was the return of first-round pick Calvin Pryor. Fresh off of signing a four year $8.5 million contract with a fifth year option, Pryor aka “Louisville Slugger” did not participate in earlier OTAs after having his wisdom teeth removed. Pryor was excited to be back and eager to practice with the full team for the first time.
“It was good man, totally different from the rookie mini-camp.” Pryor said, “I was out there doing a lot of communicating, but now I have the vets with me (and) we’re all trying to get on the same page (and) make the checks so we got to be at the right place at the right time.”
Other Notable News…
Free Agent Acquisition wide receiver Eric Decker was not with the team today as he is presenting at the Country Music Awards in Nashville Tennessee.
Wide Receiver David Nelson returned to practice after being out with an illness.
Linebacker Jermaine Cunningham looked good during position drills beating offensive lineman Markus Zusevics off the edge with regularity.
Former Special Teams Coach and fan favorite Mike Westhoff was on hand to watch the practice.