Cranky G Pete Kendall spent the afernoon session on the stationary bike and did not particiapate in drills. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
Inclement weather closed practice to the fans during the Jets Sunday late afternoon session. However, despite occasional showers and drizzle, practice was kept outdoors.
Smith Getting His Feet Wet
Three days after officially having his position changed on the roster Jets quarterback (also wide receiver) Brad Smith is remembering what it felt like to be back under center. Smith did not have the best morning ever.
Smith who did see sometime last season as the signal caller, looked very uncomfortable Sunday morning. Smith would have a few more incomplete passes if weren’t for the Jets receivers. Smith owes a dinner to rookie wide receiver Chansi Stuckey.
What happened was Smith rolled out to right (he even looked uncomfortable rolling out) and threw lob pass about 20 yards down the sideline where Stuckey was waiting for the ball. The Jet defensive over-ran what should have been an easy interception and then Stuckey was able to readjust to ball and make the catch. Smith however would get luck to fall his way twice. While running the two minute drill Smith was intercepted by CB Rayshaun Kizer.
But this only day three of his some-what new position. Smith, who grew up a Randall Cunningham fan still has a lot more to learn about the quarterback position especially in the NFL.
“The amount of details and fundamentals that go into this position, especially at this level, it’s a lot of things. But once you get it, you have to simplify, and go out and play. So I’m learning a lot from coach Schottenheimer, Chad and the other crew,” Smith said. “Just watching Chad is a great help for me. It’s amazing just seeing him work everyday, and how he approaches it, and tries to be sharp. It’s a great help to me.”
Smith is exactly the type of player head coach Eric Mangini. Last year Smith played wide receiever, running back as well as special teams. Mangini was very pleased by how Smith handled himself and contributed to the team last season, that it made the decision to make his quarterback that much easier.
“I was thinking for about it for a long time and in looking at it, last year we gave him a lot of different roles and he did well with all those different roles,” Mangini said. “Now putting him in the quarterback mix, he'll get that learning really from the center out and understand the whole concept of the offense on every play, which now will increase our flexibility if we want to play him 10 plays or whatever we'd like to do.”
The night practice Smith looked a little more comfortable throwing the football. Smith had more zip on the ball and he just more confident standing in the pocket during 11-on-11 drills.
Miller takes advantage while Revis is absent
Having first round pick Darrelle Revis not in camp is not entirely a bad thing for Jets. Of course Gang Green wants to see his skill and big frame he has, but since he is not here he has opened up doors for others to enter. One player who entered the mind of Mangini is cornerback and Pro-Bowl kick returner Justin Miller.
Miller, who was arrested just before the Jets began their organized team activities (OTA’s), has impressed Mangini not only with his fitness, but the way he is working at his position. Everyone knows that Miller can return kicks, but the approach that Miller has used to become better at the defensive back position has only made Mangini smile.
“Every day is critical for people to be here, and every day we're putting things in. We're installing new defenses, situational defenses. There's a lot of really good teaching going on right now and very important teaching going on,” Mangini said. “I think Justin Miller is doing a really nice job early on. I thought he had a very productive off-¬season in terms of concentrating on his position; really learning more and more about the defensive back position, and getting a better feel for that.”
Kendall sits out PM practice
Disgruntled offensive guard Pete Kendall did not participate in the evening practice. Instead the fourth year Jet spent two hours on a stationary bike. Kendall did practice in the afternoon. Kendall was seen being worked on by trainers late in the afternoon practice. The Jets disclose any specifics.
Another offensive lineman Andrew Wicker also rode the stationary bike with Kendall as he sat out. Matt Chatham and Tim Dwight also missed practice.
Pellot-Rosa returns to practice
With every one sitting out of practice, one notable Jet did return. Former Virginia Commonwealth basketball star Jesse Pellot-Rose returned to practice.
It’s always good to impress the coaches
This time year is time where players get their chance to leave great impressions for the coaching staff. If a player opens a coaches eye in training camp, chances are that player will get the opportunity to do it during the regular season.
One player that opened Mangini’s eyes this morning and the past two days is Sione Pouha. Last off-season Pouha pleased Mangini and staff on where he had taken his off-season program. Last season Pouha was in great football shape but unfortunately for him and the Jets, Pouha got injured. But with new season in front him, Pouha has come back to camp healthy this season and in better shape.
“Now Sione has maintained that fitness and he continues to improve his body and he is really taking to the coaching and doing a lot of good things,” Mangini said. “I think he’s emerging and I’m happy with that.”
Rain, Rain Go Away Come Again Another day
As mentioned above, after the morning sesson, heavy rained soaked the campus of Hofstra University where the Jets Training Camp is taking place. The rain caused the closing of Generation Jets Fest and moved practice to the fields inside the Jets complex away from the fans.
However the Jets did announce the practice schedule for next week.
Monday July 30 Practice at 2 p.m. (Jets Fest Open from 12 noon- 4 p.m.)
Tuesday July 31 Practice at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. (Jets Fest Open from 11 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.)
Wednesday August 1 Practice at 2 p.m. (Jets Fest Open from 12 noon- 4 p.m.)
Thursday August 2 Practice at 8:45 a.m. (open to the public) and 6:30 p.m. (closed to the public). Jets Fest will be closed all day.
Friday August 3 Practice at 2 p.m. (Jets Fest open from 12 noon- 4 p.m.)
Saturday August 4 Practice at 2 p.m. (Jets Fest open from 12 noon- 4 p.m.)