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    No Payne no gain

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    WR Logan Payne jumped out today for two good reasons — back to back touchdown catches from QB Mark Sanchez in full team drills. Not only were the catches good, but they were both a bit shy of the goal line and Payne made some deft scrambles to get them in.

    The 6-foot-2 wide receiver in his third NFL season has some still competition to make the 53-man roster when cuts are made after the third preseason game, but Payne made a case today. (New York’s backpage writers would love to see him in the mix, just think: Lingering Payne, Joy and Payne, Logan’s Run... the possibilities are endless.)

    If Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes, Derrick Mason and Jeremy Kerley are the Jets top four receiver, there is a competition for the fifth spot. Patrick Turner has looked good, but the 6-foot-5 wide out of USC is a far less explosive Burress. Michael Campbell had a few nice catches today, and Scotty McKnight runs some crisp routes. Even Verona, N.J. product Dan DePalma caught a hard pass from back, backup quarterback Drew Willy.

    The first preseason game of the year on Monday in Houston could go a ways toward shaking up the pack at receiver. Special teams production is also a tiebreaker. Possible to see one makes the final roster and another stashed on the practice squad.

    Wildcat workout: Speaking of Kerley, he connected with newly-minted Captain Holmes as the quarterback in the wildcat this afternoon, at a practice with 2,607 fans in attendance. As Jets coach Rex Ryan said earlier in the week, Kerley (a wildcat specialist at TCU) split reps with LaDainian Tomlinson and Joe McKnight. Tomlinson was impressive with a running dish to McKnight as well.

    Dropping the ball: Earlier in camp Ryan noted that RB Shonn Greene had gotten better catching the ball. This drew a laugh because he was not great to begin with. Although Greene improved, he had two drops today, albeit one on a pretty low throw.

    Mo Betta: Muhammad Wilkerson continues to impress in practice, and today flushed Sanchez out of the pocket and ran him out of bounds. The 6-4, 315-pound DL looks like he can hang with the first team so far, but will get some live reps soon.

    Injury update: C Nick Mangold is not traveling to Houston. Backup QB Mark Brunell hurt his finger and didn’t throw Saturday. The team did not address his status for Monday night. Additionally, RG Brandon Moore and WR Plaxico Burress will not play Monday night.

    Closed practice: The Jets are closing Wednesday’s afternoon practice on August 17. Incidentally, that is the first practice that Burress is scheduled to practice fully.

    This and that: T.J. Conley continued to edge fellow punter Chris Bryan in practice today. A few of Bryan’s punts were short... K Nick Folk made all four field goals from the 31, 36, 39 and 44 yard lines, while Nick Novak missed his first... OL Vlad Ducasse and TE Matt Mulligan drew motion penalties in team drills.[/quote]
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    Good update thanks for that mate. We seem to have a good stable of WR's to work with. We need even the #4 & 5 receivers to be productive and game ready, with our post-season aspirations. Too bad though that while we got talented receivers some good ones will have to find spots elsewhere.
    Last edited by FijiJet; 08-13-2011 at 09:36 PM.

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    Payne had a very nice senior season at Minnesota and at the time I hoped the Jets might use a late round pick on him. Watching him in college he reminded me of a taller Chrebet. He was gritty, ran nice routes, caught everything they threw at him, and had some elusiveness after the catch but wasn't a speed guy. We were able to pick him up and stash him on the PS because he had injuries to both feet that needed time to heal. He supposedly is 100% healthy now and if he lives up to his potential could be a solid posession guy and special teamer.

    Al

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    i love our young WR

    Payne will make the squad i think. Turner may be back on the PS but will prob get picked off this time!

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    [QUOTE=Bearded_Achilles;4102725][B]i love our young WR[/B]

    Payne will make the squad i think. Turner may be back on the PS but will prob get picked off this time![/QUOTE]

    Make that plural and i'm with you. I'm interested to see what happens with Scotty Mcknight. That guy was catching everything in camp. I don't know how many WRs we can keep. I feel like we have to keep 6 somehow because we have too many good ones and Plax is an unknown.

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    [QUOTE=escamoter2;4102732]Make that plural and i'm with you. I'm interested to see what happens with Scotty Mcknight. That guy was catching everything in camp. I don't know how many WRs we can keep. I feel like we have to keep 6 somehow because we have too many good ones and Plax is an unknown.[/QUOTE]

    yes def plural WRs

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    [QUOTE=Secondary Al;4102702]Payne had a very nice senior season at Minnesota and at the time I hoped the Jets might use a late round pick on him. Watching him in college he reminded me of a taller Chrebet. He was gritty, ran nice routes, caught everything they threw at him, and had some elusiveness after the catch but wasn't a speed guy. We were able to pick him up and stash him on the PS because he had injuries to both feet that needed time to heal. He supposedly is 100% healthy now and if he lives up to his potential could be a solid posession guy and special teamer.

    Al[/QUOTE]

    I see a little McCaffery in him. Nice size, can run from what I hear, and is also a good ST's player, definitely see him making the team as a #5.

    The battle I think is with Turner, Campbell and Smith, I'm anxious to see Turner, I thought he flashed late last year, and he too was also a good ST's player, and gives us great size with his own 6'5 220+ lb frame.

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