Second round of training camp
CORTLAND, NY — After every first game of the preseason kicks off the transition into the next phase of preparation for week one of the NFL season.
Hard to believe its already been 17 days in Cortland, but the Jets were back in action after their compelling 13-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.
The shift in focus at camp now turns to six days of preparation before Gang Green travels to Cincinnati to face off against the Bengals in week 2 of the preseason.
The Jets although victorious, emerged from the game a bit banged up losing Chris Ivory in the game to a rib injury and already dealing with Bilal Powell missing the game due to a hamstring ailment.
After preseason games, the focus usually turns to any lineup changes and adjustments that coaches may make due to notable impacts in performances from hotly contested position battles.
The Tim Tebow era is back! Well not quite. Two years later the Jets’ are finally implenting the wildcat package into its offense as what the team is calling a routine installation in training camp preparation. Despite running only two read-option plays in the opener, the Jets used the wildcat scarcely last season as a change of pace dynamic.
Perhaps the most telling event from Thursday’s action was the Jets secondary. With both Darrelle Revis’s high profile departure along with Antonio Cromartie now in the desert and the team drafting Dee Milliner high in the first round to be the replacement for ‘Revis Island’, there is pressure for the Jets’ to find an adequate sidekick for Milliner.
Dimitri Patterson’s debut was less than stellar on that front, giving up a 45 yard reception and 2 catches for 60 yards on the day. His play magnified a first drive where Andrew Luck completed four of five passes for 53 yards on his only series despite a bad shotgun snap at the Jets’ goal line (which led to a Colts field goal).
Third-round pick Dexter McDougle, as a result of Patterson sitting out with calf and ankle injuries took the majority of first-team reps at corner, but don’t expect this to last as after practice Coach Rex Ryan said he expects Patterson to overcome his early struggles and be at his best when the season begins.
First-round pick Calvin Pryor, sat out the opener at Metlife recovering from a concussion but he worked with the second team defense today and impacted practice almost coming up with an interception.
Taking things lightly was theme for today as Chris Ivory was on the field in shorts, not pads. Participating in limited fashion in walk-throughs but not in team drills. Eric Decker did not practice because of a nagging quadriceps injury, Chris Johnson rested through team drills and Alex Green got many of his reps.
Great news from Jets camp as pro bowl mainstay, Center Nick Mangold was excused from practice for personal reasons (his wife gave birth!).