Jets Saturday Morning Training Camp Report

By Justin Paley
Jets Staff Writer
July 31st, 2004

There were plenty of hard hits as the Jets took the field in full pads for the first time this morning during day two of training camp.

There were plenty of hard hits as the Jets took the field in full pads for the first time this morning during day two of training camp.

After an upbeat practice yesterday afternoon the intensity seemed to carry over this morning despite hot and humid conditions. Overall, the tempo was fast and the players were quite vocal with each other.

Early in the session, the team practiced kick returns. While Jonathan Carter and Lamont Jordan are most likely to be the regular returners come the regular season, former CW Post star RB Ian Smart and rookie UDFA Nebraska RB Josh Davis both had chances to show their skills. Due to good blocking in front of him, Smart broke through the pack a number of times while Davis was also able to break free due to good blocking. Davis left Nebraska as the Big 12 all-time record holder with 2,265 yards on 90 kickoff returns.

Carter, who had a team-best 28.7 yards per kickoff return last season, did break through once. However, Carter also fumbled while trying to return a kick.

UDFA QB Chris Finlen from Northern Illinois got his first action of training camp this morning during seven-on-seven drills. Finlen was 1-3 during the drill. Finlen is listed as the number four QB on the depth chart and unless an injury occurs at QB, don’t expect Finlen to make the team.

QB Chad Pennington hooked up with WR Santana Moss all morning long. Among the plays that impressed the fans were a 20 yard completion to Moss against LB Victor Hobson and a 30 yard strike to Moss who streaked by new FA CB David Barrett, FS Jon McGraw, and new FA SS Reggie Tongue.

A common opinion around training camp by the players and coaches has been that the Jets offense is loaded with talent and newly acquired WR Justin McCareins agrees. “We have some explosive athletes and some proven guys at the receiver positions and I am excited to join,” said McCareins.

After a few dropped passes in yesterday’s sessions McCareins feels he and Pennington will soon have their timing down. “It’s coming along and it is good where it’s at now. We’re feeling good at where we are knowing each other and it can only go up.”

The defense was on top of its game this morning as LB Eric Barton had a nice breakup on a pass from Pennington intended for TE Anthony Becht. Barton showed that the Jets made a smart move signing him in the off season from the Raiders with a nice tackle on Lamont Jordan during 11-on-11 drills.

While Hobson was beaten earlier by Moss, he did not let it happen again as he had an interception during 11-on-11’s.

Third year player Omar Lowe who is listed at second on the depth chart at strong safety behind Reggie Tongue, was all over the field this morning. Lowe picked off a pass from QB Brooks Bollinger intended for WR Matt Dominquez. A little later on, Lowe had a nasty hit on rookie TE John Paul Foschi.

The Jets take the field again this afternoon at 3:30 pm. Jets insider will be there so be sure to check back often for all the latest camp reports.

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