Clyde Gates impressing so far at the start of camp

Clyde Gates contributed in the Jets passing game last year and has been one of the stories so far in training camp, but does he have what it takes to make the final 53 man roster this year?  Kristian Dyer wrote about how he’s progressed since last year for Metro and talked to Mark Sanchez and Marty Mornhinweg about Gates:

“Clyde has had some of the best practices I’ve seen out of him. I know we just got him last year and it was tough, it was later — really late in camp — I think we were already at the facility by the time Clyde came around,” quarterback Mark Sanchez said. “He’s hungry and he’s showing it. He’s showing that he wants to be on the field. He’s making his presence known. He’s going up and getting the ball; he’s running great routes. You can tell he’s really worked in the offseason.”

But while Sanchez and his head coach are singing his praises, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is cautious right now when talking about Gates. He wants to see him be more consistent, something that was a struggle for Gates last year. It was a growing year for Gates in 2012, but if he wants to haul in more than the 16 catches and score his first touchdown in the NFL, he must be more consistent.

“The biggest thing is consistency. I mean, you can’t come out one day, have a good day, then the next day just be mediocre,” Gates said. “I mean, it’s just not going to cut it on this level. So the biggest thing to me personally is consistency day-in and day-out every day.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

As Sanchez noted, his route running has appreciably improved, something that Rex Ryan pointed out during one of his press conferences since camp started.  Depending on what Santonio’s status is as the team enters the season, there’s one or even two roster spots up for grabs after Kerley, Hill and Edwards.  We’ve really liked what we’ve seen so far from Gates in Cortland, but as Mornhinweg points out it is going to come down to consistency for the receiver.