INSIDER LATE SATURDAY CAMP REPORT
By Richard Forestano
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
July 26th, 2008
The third day and fifth installment of Training camp at Hofstra saw the QB’s throw a slew of interceptions to DB’s and LB’s, lineman sprints and even punters catching some pigskin. But the INT’s were intentional, lineman sprints usual, and the punters probably practicing for the fake punts that will probably be used once this season. Or should I say preseason? The quarterbacks were throwing fade routes defenders to work on their hand-eye coordination.
Safety Kerry Rhodes had the nicest grab, catching a fade from QB Kellen Clemens while spinning toward his back shoulder.
The QB’s finally decided to start throwing to the guys they want to throw to. Each QB threw out routes to various receivers, most notably WR Marcus Henry, who caught a tight spiral from Brett Ratliff, tipping the throw to himself in mid-air.
While fans chanted “We Love You Chad,” drop back drills commenced with WR Laveranues Coles standing idle about eight yards back. QB Erik Ainge had the nicest throw in that session.
Meanwhile on the east field, blocking drills were at the forefront, where TE Dustin Keller looked overmatched up against LB Bryan Thomas.
The defensive line unit practiced fumbling drills, where Shaun Ellis recovered a fumble in mid-fall to the ground with one hand.
“His nickname is Big Cat,” coach Mangini said.
The running backs did blitz pick up drills with the linebackers. Little [well not really] RB Leon Washington held his own against LB David Harris, refusing to let him sack the tackling dummy in place for the QB twice.
Right before 11 on 11, WR David Clowney caught a bullet pass from Kellen Clemens in stride with one hand.
RB Jesse Chatman clearly showed why he was taken off the PUP list, hitting the gaps with electrifying speed.
So did Musa Smith.
Smith ran the ball up the middle and right into LB Marques Murrell; and through him. It sent the sidelines into an uproar.
With U2’s “It’s a Beautiful Day” blasting through the loudspeakers, Chad Pennington hit RB Thomas Jones on a delayed screen pass for 10 yards. Two plays later, the nine-year veteran threaded a 12-yard beam to WR Chansi Stuckey on the right sideline.
And then there was Kellen.
Clemens and the offense pulled a double reverse with RB Leon Washington and WR David Clowney on the end of the run, who was met by SS Artrell Hawkins. He leveled Clowney by mistake, but the two made up afterwards.
Clemens only pass during the first run-through of 11 on 11 was a fly to WR Brad Smith which was batted down by CB Dwight Lowery.
Kick return drills followed with, once again, DB Justin Miller and his scary fast speed showcasing why he belongs returning kicks.
11 on 11 continued with two false starts on OG Alan Faneca and TE Dustin Keller. Both ran laps.
The close of practice saw kicker Mike Nugent drill a 54 yd field goal with the wind at his back right through the uprights.
Woody held out of second practice
OL Damien Woody, who participated in the morning, was held out of the second practice, and was seen riding the exercise bike next to fellow Jet TE Chris Baker. OT Wayne Hunter took the bulk of the snaps at right tackle.
One bold Fan
New Jersey native Jay Goldberg wore a Brett Favre jersey to practice and was heckled by hundreds of Jets fans.
“I want Favre here and that’s all I want,” Goldberg said.