As day three of Jets Training Camp ensues, the major headlines concerning the Jets have not changed. Gang Green’s first round draft pick Darrelle Revis still has remained unsigned and unseen at camp so far; while disgruntled offensive guard Pete Kendall is still in attendance despite making it known he wants no part of the Jets organization.
As for the on the field action, the Jets spent day a majority of the day working on running the football, kickoff coverage and as he usually does head coach Eric Mangini ended his practice with each of his quarterbacks running a two-minute drill.
Jets fans from all over saw last year saw the troubles the Gang Green had running the football. During the off-season [General Manager] Mike Tannenbaum brought in running back Thomas Jones from Chicago to take over for second-year running back Leon Washington in the Jets backfield.
Sunday, Jones showed the Jets fans that were in attendance how he can help the Jets running attack. Jones showed his ability to be a tough physical runner as he was able to get through all the holes his offensive line made for him during 11-on-11 drills. He also displayed his speed as was able to turn the corners on the Jets defenders. Jones also proved he catch out of the backfield and run after the catch as the Jets ran a multitude of screen passes.
“I think any time you have an effective running game the play-action has so much more pull,” Mangini said about how Thomas Jones can help Chad Pennington and the offense.
Along focusing on running game Sunday afternoon, Mangini kept working on the two-minute drill (which he and his staff spent extensive time on yesterday). Mangini believes the two-minute drill means so much to outcome of a game, therefore is why he allots so much time in practice for the drill.
“The two minute stuff is something that I really like. And I have talked about it before, we always do towards the end of practice because it’s the combination of working on that skill set and working on conditioning and communicating when you’re the most tired,” Mangini said. “And that’s when it always comes up in games. It’s either at the end of a half or at the end of the game.”
The outcomes were probably not of Mangini’s likings. Pennington was the only quarterback to convert his drill. While Marques Tuiasosopo threw four incomplete passes and Brad Smith was intercepted by Rayshaun Kizer and Kellen Clemens was picked off by Alphonso Hodge.
Teammates Show Mixed Emotions Toward Kendall
By now everyone knows the how Jets offensive guard Pete Kendall feels about the Jets organization. Kendall, who wants to be released from the team because contractual matters, is only here because if he isn’t in camp he will get fined. Kendall has stated he has thought about the idea of leaving camp
Today members of the New York Media asked Kendall how his teammates are looking at his situation and their feelings about things have unraveled in the past few days.
“Coaches, Players and people in the building have expressed to me that they hope I get what I am looking for,” Kendall said. “More than a few have expressed that they don’t agree what has gone on. But this is a business and I think those guys understand.”
Kendall feels like the organization is making example out of him. He believes that the organization has a made a decision on what they are going to do with him
“I don’t think this is going to go on much longer. I just feel in my heart that I am going to be gone. I believe that decision has already been made,” Kendall said. “That’s my belief. They [Jets Front Office] said that’s not the case.
From Linebacker to DJ
Inside linebacker Jonathan Vilma might have to become the team DJ. Mangini played a lot of Mozart Sunday afternoon during practice. Mozart must not be a team favorite in the locker room because Vilma said the team didn’t really like the coach’s choice of music.
“We need to work on that. He had Mozart going or Beethoven. The guys aren’t really feeling that,” Vilma said. “We have just been a little tired to mention that. Every time we come back out here we are listening to Mozart. So, we have got to make mention of that in the meetings.”
Sunday’s Eye Openers
With Darrelle Revis holding out of training camp, coach Mangini and special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff are using this time to look at other players who can return kicks. One player that opened eyes Sunday afternoon was running back Danny Ware.
Ware, who was claimed off of waivers last June from Tennessee, showed great speed to outside while returning kicks and running the football and he also showed his ability to run between the tackles. Ware, 6-0, 234 from Rockmart, GA could give newly signed Tony Fisher competition for the third string running back spot.
Mike Tannenbaum did a little housekeeping yesterday. The Jets re-signed offensive lineman Dominic Moran and waived kicker Justin Ayat. Moran originally signed with the Jets as a rookie free agent on May 12, was waived on July 23. He started 36 games on the offensive line at Western Michigan.
Ayat signed with the Jets as a free agent on July 24. The 2004 Hawaii graduate was successful on 191-of-209 extra point attempts and converted 59-of-89 field goal attempts, including a career-long 56-yarder, in his college career.
Also after missing yesterday’s session running back Leon Washington returned to practice this morning.
The team returns to the field for a second session at 5:45. Be sure to check back to JI for a complete report.