Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comSome thoughts from the reactions around the web to last night’s annual Green & White Scrimmage in Cortland.
Naming names — In his postscrimmage presser, Rex Ryan praised Antonio Allen for his play as well as DL Leger Douzable, a relative new acquisition on the team. It is good to hear Ryan praise Allen, who will likely start the season at safety, but if Douzable can continue to impress, it’s going to make matters tougher when it comes to cutdowns.
The real star — According to the Post’s Brian Costello, it was Bilal Powell who really shone during the Green & White scrimmage. After his first carry gained 24 yards he was central to the team’s Wildcat package, but there were some missteps like a drop on 4th and 2 and an illegal formation penalty negating a touchdown on the first drive of the game. The team’s offense will miss Goodson as well as Ivory for as long as they are out, but we believe Powell will give them a solid option even in the midst of their absences.
Is the fix in? — The NY Post’s Mark Cannizarro writes that Smith got three series with the first team and Sanchez only got one. Because of this, the Post’s Cannizarro thinks the competition is “slightly rigged” – something that seems possible. In truth though, it was Geno’s day to take more of the first team reps so that might have played in. Also, Geno still has yet to throw an interception throughout training camp while Mark seems to be on an every other day type of pace.
Who is Geno really competing against? — After a number of interceptions throughout camp and a stumble over his own feet, is Sanchez really even in the mix? Manish writes for the Daily News that if Geno Smith can continue to protect the ball and remain focused in the preseason games, it will be Smith starting against the Bucs in Week One.
Winters injury — Brian Winters suffered some kind of ankle injury that Rex Ryan said afterwards was not all that serious, but it will still bear some monitoring. With Stephen Peterman dealing with a shoulder injury and now Winters dinged, the Jets would be into their third starter at the left guard spot … a player named Vlad Ducasse.
Dee-fense — Dee Milliner might have missed a lot of time due to his shoulder surgery and his holdout, but the Jets defensive staff is throwing him into the deep end by placing him into the Nickel package.
Sapp party — Ricky Sapp wasn’t the only Jet to record sacks (so did Pace, Bellore and Landry) but he has certainly started to make more regular appearances in practice notes. Keep an eye on Sapp in the preseason games, where the team uses him and when, it could be interesting to watch.