SNY’s Leonard Orman talks to former Jets special teams coach and current SNY Analyst Mike Westhoff about a very hard-hitting Thursday Jets practice in Cortland – including improvements for the offense in short yardage plays, and more defensive domination in goal line work.
SNY’s Andrew Johnston and Leonard Orman are at Jets Training Camp, and here’s their dispatch of what they saw and heard from Tuesday’s camp…
- Jets practiced goal line drills Thursday. The offense had trouble getting into the end zone against a very stout defense.
- Rookie Calvin Pryor returned to practice and participated in individual drills in a limited basis while wearing a red non-contact jersey
- Demario Davis constantly works on his craft. He does individual drills with a coach on the side while others stretch before practice. It’s amazing to watch.
- Darryl Richardson saw plenty of action because Bilal Powell sat out practice. The Jets will have a hard decision to make as to whether they want to carry four running backs. He looks good.
- During passing drills, Chris Johnson showed off his skills as a pass catcher. On one play he juked David Harris and ended up being wide open for a catch. He caught a long TD pass later in the drill.
- Jace Amaro had a diving catch in 11-on-11. Drew a pass interference in goal line drill
- Oday Aboushi saw time with the starters at right guard. He continues to impress.
- Jason Babin pressured Mike Vick on the goal line and forced him to throw the ball away.
- Defense shut down the running game during goal line portion of practice. Chris ivory was the only one who had any success. Ivory has looked great.
- David Nelson beat Dimitri Patterson for a long gain during 11-on-11.
- Sudfeld caught a 10-yard-pass during 11 on 11, saw that no one was around him and ran away from the defense for a 60+ yard touchdown. An impressive display of speed.
Every now and then, Bent’s Game Analysis likes to branch out and investigate CBA or salary cap issues in depth. In light of the fact that some of the 2011 first rounders have started to receive long-term contract extensions, we’re going to assess what this means for Muhammad Wilkerson.
A couple of days ago, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson became the first of the players selected in the first round of the 2011 draft to receive a contract extension. Under the new CBA rules, it was not permitted to extend these players until after their third season in the league. Peterson was reported to have received a five-year extension worth $70m and with $48m in guarantees. Then, yesterday, came the first signs that the floodgates might open for the elite players from that class, when Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith received an extension that was reported by some sources as a mind-boggling $110m, eight-year deal with $40m in guarantees.
This is obviously going to get people talking about when Wilkerson will get his extension and what it might look like.
Let’s get one important thing out of the way before the jump, though. There is no controversy, no threat of a holdout and no signs that Wilkerson is disgruntled or that anything of that nature on the horizon. No matter how hard the media try to manufacture something that isn’t there, that’s clearly not an issue right now, so this article merely addresses the financial impact of the deals made so far.
After the jump, we reveal how those contracts, as usual, are not quite as big as the initially-reported numbers would lead you to believe and try to assess where this leaves Wilkerson in terms of the timing, size and structure of his pending contract extension.
First-round pick Calvin Pryor is in pads and with his helmet on the field on Thursday morning.
Pryor was diagnosed with a concussion on Saturday. He hasn’t practiced since.
He is wearing a green jersey with a red pinnie over top during drills.
Bilal Powell (hamstring) does not have pads or a helmet on.
David Nelson joins Daily News Live to discuss his health and the Jets’ confidence as they prep for the upcoming season.
With Brian Bassett on a bye week, Corey Griffin is joined by NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus and Chris Nimbley from JetsInsider.com to continue the training camp talk, including all the news and a full breakdown of the wide receivers.
- Dan Hanzus from NFL.com calls in
- Jets arrogance
- Pryor and the defense
- The running backs
- Vick package?
- Jets fans and Eagles fans
- Chris Nimbley from JetsInsider.com calls in (26:50)
- Unit Preview: Wide Receivers
- Jace Amaro treats rough practice as learning experience [Newsday]
- Davis a voice of reason amid crazy talk [ESPN NY]
- Why slimmer Coples could have ‘a monster year’ [The Star-Ledger]
- WR Speed No Longer a Concern For The Jets [NFL: The New York Jets]
- Classic Rex Ryan trend emerges, for better or worse [New York Post]
- Defense dominates at practice [NY Daily News: The Jet Stream]
Jeane Coakley reports from Jets camp in Cortland on Wednesday, where the defense was swarming and focused on forcing turnovers.
By Alexa Pappas
Confidence and morale have been surging throughout the Jets team this offseason, and second-year cornerback Dee Milliner is no exception after ending the 2013 season with a bang.
Milliner has dominated the headlines recently with comments regarding his stance on the best cornerbacks in the league.
“I’m not going to say somebody that plays the same position is better than me,” Milliner told ESPN.com. “[I] don’t care if they’ve been in the league 10 years and I’ve been here five months. I can’t do that.”
Coming off of a lackluster rookie season after a dominant three years at Alabama, Milliner has improvements to make if he wants to remain the Jets’ top cornerback for the 2014 NFL season.
After missing three games in the first half of last season due to extensive hamstring injuries, Milliner turned his season around after being named defensive rookie of the month for December. He earned the title by picking up his first professional interception in Week 16 against the Browns and snagging two more in the final game of the regular season in Week 17 against the Dolphins. These catches also won him the AFC defensive player of the week for the final week of the season.
In these two games, Milliner broke up a combined 10 passes and picked off three interceptions to end his rookie season. Milliner’s surge in the second half of the season led to him being the first player since 1994 to record five passes defensed in back-to-back games, according to Stats Inc.
Milliner ended the season strong, prompting head coach Rex Ryan to likely name him the No. 1 cornerback this coming season with the losses of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie to other teams. He is the Jets’ most viable option ahead of Dimitri Patterson, Darrin Walls and Kyle Wilson.
“I’m not sure he’s the best cornerback up here in Cortland. And I might include the university.”
-Mike Westhoff on Dee Milliner, to ESPN Radio