Vrentas: Jets defense stops Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow in two-minute drill
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The Jets defense got the best of the offense in the two-minute drill during today's practice.
Both the first and second-team offense were given the ball at their own 34-yard line, with 1:25 on the clock. Neither unit was able to score.
Mark Sanchez and the first team offense stalled after seven plays, when a deep fourth-down pass fell incomplete. The intended target appeared to be TE Dustin Keller, but he appeared to stop his route. Sanchez was 2-of-5 on the drive, and was sacked once by OLB Calvin Pace.
Back-up quarterback Tim Tebow got the drive off to a good start with a completion of about 32 yards to TE Jeff Cumberland, but the play was called back because of holding. The second team's drive ended on back to back sacks by DL Marcus Dixon. Tebow was 2-for-2 on that drive, with the two sacks.
The situational work continued later, when the first-team offense ran three straight fourth down plays with 5, 7 and 9 yards to go. Sanchez was 0-for-3 in that period, including a drop by WR Stephen Hill and an interception snagged by CB Kyle Wilson.
In a red-zone period, Sanchez connected on a 12-yard touchdown to Keller. Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano then called for Tebow to come in with the first-team unit. Tebow connected underneath with Patrick Turner, but he was scolded because it was an all-or-nothing drill with one chance to score. Tebow threw an incomplete pass on his next chance.
Sanchez finished the day 7-of-15 with a sack, touchdown and interception in 11-on-11 drills. Tebow was 9-of-12 with two sacks and a rushing touchdown. Tebow's touchdown capped a 10-play drive, appearing to be a designed run to the outside on third-and-2 for about 25 yards.
In 7-on-7 team drills, Tebow was intercepted by Wilson on a deflection off Bilal Powell's hands, but rebounded by throwing a 51-yd TD to Hill on the next play.
Third-string QB Greg McElroy threw what might be his nicest pass of camp, a 47-yarder to WR Wes Kemp. He also connected with WR Eron Riley, who beat CB Ryan Steed, for a 60-yard touchdown
Other notes from today's practice:
++ Wayne Hunter (back) rotated at right tackle with Austin Howard, who has been impressing the coaches. But Sparano said they rotated reps because Hunter is on a pitch count. Howard was in for the two-minute drive, likely because they did not want to strain Hunter's injury.
++ S LaRon Landry (Achilles/heel) appeared to do a full practice opposite Yeremiah Bell. Eric Smith, who is day-to-day with an MCL sprain, hung out on the practice field in a baseball cap, wearing a compression sleeve and walking around gingerly.
++ WR Jeremy Kerley (hamstring) fielded punts today. WRs Santonio Holmes (ribs) and Chaz Schilens (ankle) did not practice. Also in the rehab group were OLB Ricky Sapp (ankle) and T Stephon Heyer. NT Sione Po'uha, who has been sidelined with forehead and back injuries, was not out on the practice field for what the team says was a medical reason.
++ RB Joe McKnight hobbled off the practice field after a carry, favoring his left leg.
++ Powell, who has drawn praise from the coaches for his pass protection ability, delivered a nice block on LB Garrett McIntyre so Tebow could get off a pass to Raymond Webber. It was a third-down play that kept alive Tebow's touchdown drive. Powell is also used as the back with the first-team offense in the two-minute drill.
++ In the kicking competition, Nick Folk was 4-for-4 today with a long of 46. Josh Brown was 3-of-5, with two misses from 51 yards.
++ The Jets waived punter Travis Baltz.