Consistency is such a huge factor when judging wide receivers during training camp. Are they consistent in their route-running, their catches, their ability to block downfield? One of the easiest ways to be consistent during training camp is to create healthy competitions between the offense and defense. During Friday’s practice, it was the wide receivers who got the better of the cornerbacks throughout the many drills that were run.
For a Jets offense that has struggled mightily during training camp, specifically at the Quarterback position, Friday’s practice for the receivers was very refreshing. Now before we go on about how some of the Jets top pass-catchers made some stunning plays, it is prudent to note that the Jets number one corner, Morris Claiborne did not participate in many of the team drills. Head Coach Todd Bowles spoke after practice about the lack of Claiborne in team drills.
“Claiborne was fine, we just wanted to see some other guys today, so we let him do some individual stuff then we looked at other guys.”
Without Claiborne, the Jets receivers looked really good during team drills and one-on-one match ups with the other corners.
Third-year pro, Jalin Marshall looked fantastic in one-on-one battles with Jets cornerback, Buster Skrine. On several occasions, Marshall did an incredible job getting off the press and making solid catches on end zone fades. Many times it seemed that Skrine was embarrassed against Marshall. Marshall was the main stand out during one-on-one drills but was not the only receiver who shined.
During warmups, Quincy Enunwa was clearly the most polished route-runner and showed good awareness during drills in the red zone. Enunwa also pulled off one of the best catches of training camp and a definite SportsCenter Top 10 highlight. During 11v11, Quarterback Josh McCown threw a pass over to the left side of the field. It was a clear overthrow as McCown had led Enunwa too much. Despite this, Enunwa dove for the ball and was able to secure the ball for an unreal grab. Even with that unreal highlight from Enunwa, he was not even the top producing receiver during practice.
Robby Anderson was the clear winner and best receiver in yesterday’s practice. He did not stand out in one-on-one drills, but when the team scrimmages started, it was Anderson who was making all the top plays. To start, Josh McCown fired a 50-yard touchdown to Anderson on one of the first plays of the scrimmage. While the defense had a clear communication breakdown, Anderson showed his breakout speed as he was wide open for the easy score. It was a very good play that showed the improved route-running that Anderson has shown. Throughout the team scrimmages, it was Anderson who was breaking wide open against the secondary and making catch after catch. He was the clear winner among the receivers in practice.
Lastly, Austin Seferian-Jenkins was just unstoppable during team drills with the absence of Jamal Adams in practice. Seferian-Jenkins finally looks comfortable in the West Coast offense and looks much more confident during practice. He is just a matchup nightmare for anyone on the Jets roster right now and could be just that during the regular season.
With the early days of training camp continuing, and the Green and White scrimmage coming up later tonight, it is very good to see the receiving core showing improvement as the days continue. Todd Bowles is also looking forward to the Green and White scrimmage as a chance to have in-game situations.
“It’ll be good practice for the coordinators to call it and it won’t be scripted so they’ll get practice coaching in game day situations. The players will get practice running on and off the field. We’ll call some plays, have a good thud and have some juices flowing.”
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