Florham Park, N.J.: Everyone knows Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens have missed plenty of practice time due to injuries during the preseason.
Although today Rex Ryan said Holmes and Kerley are progressing and are “maybes” to play against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, (Schilens has been ruled out, ankle) the injuries to the wide receivers have allowed rookie Jordan White to see more snaps that anticipated.
“Even if I weren’t getting the snaps, I would be taking the mental reps,” said White. “I obviously have to take advantage of the snaps, every opportunity I get out there whether it be in practice or in the game.” But it is not enough for White to just be ‘good’ when on the field.
“The biggest thing I’ve taken away from it is just having to be perfect,” said White. “In college, there would be some times where you may not run that perfect depth or you might be a yard or two short and it might not be a big deal, but here you can’t get away with anything as far as running routes. They don’t work at this level.”
White understands getting better at the wide receiver position involves every step taken on a field. “Fine tuning my craft every play is something that I’m continuing to work on and something I have to work on still.”
He didn’t shy away from demonstrating that he understands the game of football. White described himself with having a “good football mind.”
“I know what’s coming to me, I know the plays, I know the formations, I know everything going on. I just have to apply it and actually go out there and do it,” said White.
White led the team in receptions and receiving yards (3, 28) in Saturday’s preseason game against the New York Giants.
“It definitely felt good, but there’s even some more plays where I could’ve done better,” said White. “Maybe one or two plays I could’ve been on the same page as Mark [Sanchez] on a few of my routes, but for the most part it was positive.”
Expect White to see snaps with the first team offense on Sunday.
Other wide receiver notes:
Holmes played in team drills with a red no-contact jersey today, and as mentioned before, was called a “maybe” by Ryan for Sunday’s game.
Kerley grabbed a few nice passes in team drills today, looking healthy in and out of cuts after a hamstring injury that had sidelined him for most of the preseason. “It felt great to take reps and kind of get the timing back with Mark,” said Kerley on today’s practice. Still, Kerley mentioned that Sunday, “Will be a game-time decision, I don’t want over-do it and set myself back.”
Patrick Turner left the practice field, but it wasn’t serious. A player apparently rolled over his foot on a special teams play, but he left the locker room without any tape or support. Turner said it will be day-to-day.
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