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TRAINING CAMP 2009: Friday Afternoon Practice Tidbits

By Matt Waters
Jets, Staff Writer
July 31st, 2009
WR Brad Smith makes the play of the afternoon as he catches a Kellen Clemens bomb for a TD. ( Photo)
WR Brad Smith makes the play of the afternoon as he catches a Kellen Clemens bomb for a TD. ( Photo)
As the weather cleared up during the afternoon session of day 1 of Camp Cortland, so did the tempo and enthusiasm.

Fired Up

Kellen Clemens had an impressive afternoon practice. Playing with an invigorating passion, [he followed through with a light block on Kerry Rhodes, who had crossed the line of scrimmage, at the tail end of a broken play] Clemens could be heard barking audibles at the line, in total command. He also kept his emotions under control; a difficult balancing act, smartly dropping off passes to his H-Backs when no receivers were open down field. The apex of his performance occurred when he hit Brad Smith for a long completion down the left sideline, a no doubt touchdown. It will be interesting to see if Clemens can maintain that high level of play throughout camp.

Clemens speaks

“It means a lot going into it. I think it gives me more time with thewide receivers and tight ends and the offensive line to develop more chemistry.” – On being named number one on the Q.B. depth chart at the outset of camp.

“It’s not my concern because it’s not my decision. The coaches are making the decision.’ -- On Sanchez getting more reps with the firstunit as training camp continues.

On the short Mark

Mark Sanchez’s accurate arm could prove absolutely deadly if the Jetscan execute a short seam game with their pass catchers. Sanchez’s quick release, poise, and confidence all make him a perfect candidate to operate a high tempo offense predicated on rhythm and timing. And while Sanchez certainly displayed this talent during the second practice of training camp, he also showed a rookie’s impatience, attempting to force a few passes through closed windows. He was slightly outplayed by Clemens when taking the full measure of the day.

Here he is…. There he goes

It was speculated that Leon Washington would hold himself out of training camp should he not receive the new deal he desired. Those fears were allayed today when Washington showed up for work, despite his contract situation being unresolved. And, in the afternoon practice, Leon demonstrated his case for a raise, utilizing his breakaway speed to turn a well-executed screen orchestrated by Erik Ainge into a high-speed chase toward the end zone. Washington received a warm ovation from the Jet fans assembled at SUNY Cortland as he returned to the huddle. In an on-field press conference after the game, Washington, clearly agitated by the situation, intimated that his dispute is far being settled and despite his dispeasure of not having a contract extension, he is here to play. Coach Ryan told the media today that negotiations are ongoing.

Scary Good

It’s not exactly breaking news to report that a football player is inexcellent physical condition upon the opening of training camp. But, in the case of David Harris, a hulking linebacker who has been plagued by injuries early in his promising career, it may be heartening for some Jets fans to hear the tackling machine appears in peak form, darting all over the field, appearing svelte, seemingly ready to cause mayhem behind the D-Line as training camp begins.

The Jets return tomorrow for two practice sessions at 8:15 and 4PM and the weather forecast is for sunny skies. Be sure to check back to JI often for all the latest breaking training camp news!

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