After the Thursday night Patriots game, many were talking about the Jets receivers and the number of drops that occurred during over the course of 60 minutes. Since then, the Jets receivers have been putting in extra work to not repeat the mistakes of Week 2 according to Kristian Dyer for Metro.
The point of emphasis is driven home by their post-practice routine. The Jugs machine fires out balls at all angles, with the receivers told to imitate a reception based on a certain route or a catch made at a specific part of the field. They do sledgehammer walks and carry 25-pound bricks around to strengthen their hands.
In the post-practice workouts in the gym, bands are used to help their grip. It is their usual regimen — nothing has changed this week despite the increase in drops — but the point is clear.
“We know it is a matter of focus and that we need to go out there and make plays,” rookie wide receiver Ryan Spadola told Metro New York. “Nothing has changed this week, we’re just focused in on it and wanting to make improvements.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comFor all the sledgehammering, the best thing that might happen this weekend is the return of Jeremy Kerley.
It’s good to see that the Jets receivers know that they need to do more for their rookie quarterback, but there is a degree of give-and-take here when it comes to the man throwing them the ball. Geno has flashed some spectacular throws and the Jets receivers do need to concentrate more, but there have also been some instances where the ball was put on the wrong shoulder or the like, making the catch a little harder for the receiver. If Geno can tune up his game, we’re sure the receivers will benefit, but it is good to know the receivers have to do more to help him all the same.