What I Saw at Training Camp: Defense, Day Two

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Friday marked our second of four days at Jets training camp in Cortland, New York. Here’s some impressions from what I saw on defense today.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Catch as catch can

It’s always hard to tell who would be credited with sacks in no-contact scrimmages, but it looked to me as if Calvin Pace and Quinton Coples would have gotten the credit for a sack apiece had it been a game situation.  Sheldon Richardson had another play in which he broke through the line and got close to Mike Vick, but was unable to corral him before Vick scampered out of the pocket and out of Richardson’s grasp.

This defensive line and rush linebacking unit is a pick your poison situation for most any opponent.  Taking away one player only means that other people will come free at other areas.  It is clear that the Jets will have any opponent’s attention up the middle and opponents can commit double teams easily.  With a svelter Coples along with additions like Jason Babin and Antwan Barnes (if he can get back on the field soon) this is a formidable group that can pressure the passer quickly and effectively.  With a young secondary and a defensive holding rule emphasis this year the best way to avoid the penalties and coverage breakdowns will be for the group to get to the quarterback and get him off his spot by any means necessary.

Am I off on my coverage?

I can’t be sure yet if I am selectively remembering things, but I think that the Jets have been playing a lot of off-man coverage in their defense.  This is notable because the Jets have used a rather aggressive man-coverage scheme in the past and what I can’t be sure of is whether or not the off-man coverage is a result of being early in camp or a deliberate move to try and draw less penalties with the rule emphasis on defensive holding this year.

Playmake on, playmaker

David Harris and Demario Davis are cornerstones of this defense, and one area in which they will need to play well this year will be in coverage.  Today both players had good days in that regard.  Davis stuck well with a receiver and batted a Mike Vick pass.  Harris batted a pass near the line of scrimmage that he tipped to himself for an interception.  It was a nifty play by Harris and it seems apparent that the defense knows that they will need to do a better job of helping create turnovers for this defense this year.  Rex talked at length yesterday about the continuum of how the offense and defense can help each other and turnovers was one of the areas that he brought up.  In talking to players.  It’s clear that it’s point of emphasis and that they want to become a more opportunistic playmaking defense.


Lightning round

  • Milliner had a great pass break up on a slightly underthrown long ball to Eric Decker.  Milliner was positioned perfectly, made a good move and defensed the pass.
  • Antonio Allen’s work has left me wanting during his man-coverage drills.
  • Babin saw most of his time on both sides of the second team defense, but did have a few snaps at the end of practice with the first teamers.




15 comments
UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

The Farm is up and ready for some hard hitting Jets action folks!

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

The Farm is out, got to get ready for all the hitting in camp later as the pads go on! Should be fierce today as jobs are on the line! Cant wait to see the killer Pryor lay the wood, but not injure anyone.

dapoktan
dapoktan

How was Dmitri Patterson?  I was promised a focus on him! :) 

harold
harold

This is the best camp reporting you have ever done!! Don't let the number of comments diminish this great work!!  Thanks for all the effort! I feel like I am in Cortland each day!!!

Jesse Boring
Jesse Boring

Went to training camp today and had two notes.  1. I met Bassett as he's a super nice guy (as expected).  2. When Eric Decker catches the ball you hardly hear a thing. The dude has soft hands to go along with his great footwork.  Glad to have him on the team.

MoSacks MoSnacks
MoSacks MoSnacks

Good to hear about the Milliner play and the fact that he's covering Decker.

williamg1
williamg1

Maybe there's more off man coverage in an effort to create more turnovers by allowing the DBs to watch the CB a little? 

Bytor
Bytor

That Mehta "article" ruined a perfectly good Saturday morning deuce dropping reading session. Or perhaps it's fitting.

That pos has his panties in a bunch about nothing. So far this has been the most harmonious camp I can remember. Consider me a Vick convert.

harold
harold

@dapoktan 


Only notes I saw were on the blog today which said he and McDougle looked very comfortable in press man coverage.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@dapoktan Good question, I haven't heard anything on him. He is crucial on the other side of Dee train!

williamg1
williamg1

@harold Its true. He's provided, by far, the best coverage. And without all the snarky shots at the team that you get from the beat reporters. 

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

@harold yup, this is good stuff.

I think the reduced # of comments is because these articles are posted after the "chit-chat crew" is done for the day, so there are no off-topic comments (which i prefer, tbh).