What I Saw at Training Camp: Defense, Day Four

Sunday is our last day in Cortland.  Despite some soggy weather, here’s what we saw on the defensive side of the ball.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The Big Nickel

There was no sign of Calvin Pryor today, but the safeties still came up during Rex’s press conference.  Rex was asked about why he likes using three safety sets in his defense and he answered that it’s the versatility that it provides his defense.  “They don’t know who is playing what” said Rex.  According to Rex, safeties provide plus coverage and have larger bodies like linebackers and can be deployed in coverage, run support, or pass rush situations.  In fact, Antonio Allen’s ability to rush the passer is one of the aspects of AA’s game that Ryan likes best. With  deep group of corners, it is hard to tell how much the Jets will use their Big Nickel package, but it’s good to know that they are right there should Rex need them.

As for Pryor, Rex didn’t seem that this concussion for Pryor was a concerning start for a player who is known as a big hitter and who the team hopes to make a cornerstone of this defense in coming years.  Rex indicated that this was more of a random injury and that Pryor’s lack of history with concussions makes him hope this was just and unfortunate event.

The Rise of Demario

When the Jets drafted Demario Davis a few years ago, Rex made a comment he was an excellent leader.  Rex knows that while “not many linebackers can run with Demario” that now that DD is a veteran “other players are coming along with him” and that he is leading linebackers every day in extra film study and that “guys are starting to come with him.”

Room for improvement

In year’s past, Rex has crowed about how far along the defense is and how good they’ve looked.  Rex sheepishly admitted today that he doesn’t feel like that’s the case this year and that there’s still lots of room for growth for them.  

In addition he also said that he was animated at the end of practice and didn’t like seeing players trying to go to hard against other teammates.  While there have been a plays that might qualify, QB Tajh Boyd was pushed out of bounds by Jeremiah George.  Another linebacker chided George for the play and an offensive linemen barked at George after the hit.  “We have to take care of our quarterbacks” Rex said at the press conference after practice.  “That’s why they wear the red jerseys.”


Lightning round

  • Rex has said repeatedly that getting takeways is a key area of improvement for this defense this year and they are talking about it and preparing for it on the field
  • Jermaine Cunningham had a would be sack on Matt Simms during practice
  • Nick Bellore had a crack of a hit on Mike Campbell.  Both got up immediately and were fine but it got hoots from the crowd.
  • I had a great interview with Sheldon Richardson after practice and I will put up the audio once I get back home!

I’ll put up some junk drawer thoughts later, but for now a big THANK YOU to all the readers.  You are the reason that I get to take a few days away from my real life to do this every year.  Thanks for everything and I can’t wait to share some of the awesome content from camp I got in the coming days! Go Jets!




38 comments
Dan Leyes
Dan Leyes

Really appreciate these camp updates. Great Job guys!


Floyd Toucanet
Floyd Toucanet

What I saw at training camp Day 4: Corey eating a hamburger, hot dog, corn dog, and 3 empanadas. Washed it down with 2 giant sodas.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

 Manish Mehta @MMehtaNYDN  12m

RT @SethWalderNYDN Calvin Pace: Jets have "the best" defense in the NFL. #nyj | http://nydn.us/1pt6MrI     Oh no! Rex proclaims that they are a playoff team and says the Pats have to worry about the Jets. Milliner says he is the best CB in the league. Geno says he is a top 5 QB and now Pace says the jets will have the number one defense in the NFL!  Talk about putting a target on your back, OY! 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

Bent:

" As for Pryor, Rex didn’t seem that this concussion for Pryor was a concerning start....."

Does this mean Pryor DID suffer a concussion??

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

The reporting has been awesome! TJB makes sure we fans don't miss a beat and is second to none!

Bent
Bent moderator

"I can’t wait to share some of the awesome content from camp I got in the coming days!"


Great job, Bassett.  Hard to believe that what you've already given us was just the appetizer.

__fense
__fense

Oh no, we're already starting to talk about next years draft?!

Brian Serviss
Brian Serviss

@UncleJoesJetFarm this article was horrific. Just sounded like a little boy going on a tangent on his computer because he didn't get his way 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Floyd Toucanet He has a racket, I should be so lucky, lol

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Don't insult the Munsters. You're like Two And A Half Men - not funny, yet unexplainably ubiquitous.

__fense
__fense

@UncleJoesJetFarm Please never post anything from Mehta ever again. I don't know what Pace said exactly (I haven't read the quote yet), but you're misconstruing all of the other quotes, outside of Rex saying the team can make the playoffs, which is true. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Hanknaples Hank - Yes, the team announced he suffered a concussion and they are following protocol.

BDarc23
BDarc23

TJB has been awesome since camp opened. Thanks guys!

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Bent 

Sorry Bent....The news is coming hot and fast @TJB and I'm a little slow(r) today !!!

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@UncleJoesJetFarm 

What do you think Dr. Joey, did he suffer a concussion......and how about that Russian last night...is he a beast or what??

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@UncleJoesJetFarm 

And TSJC is the "Hand" 

You know the "hand that pops out of the box" all the time, mimes but NEVER says ANYTHING !!!

Brian Serviss
Brian Serviss

@Hanknaples the sick thing about this is you actually sound happy or satisfied that he got concussed 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@UncleJoesJetFarm 

Thanks, and Will Chris ever meet this Russian???

And BTW, you are on the CASE!! 

He WILL fight Pac Man Nov. 22nd and more than likely finish him off !!

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@UncleJoesJetFarm 

You're right !! I forgot about Lurch, darn it!  I meant Herman Munster...you know, the one lucky to be married to that Foxie chick !!