What I Saw at Training Camp: Junk Drawer, Day One

NFL: New York Jets-Training Camp

The first day of training camp is always a deluge for me.  We’ll be rolling out lots more content on the site through the weekend as we spend time in Cortland, but here’s a first pass at what stuck out at us from the first practice.  Lastly, emptying my junk drawer of a brain.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Strike a pose

I’ve been coming off and on to training camp since 2007 and I’ve never seen players do what the Sons of Anarchy did today. As players walk out to the practice field, they pass through a gauntlet of media types, team ambassadors and photographers. Camera shutters whirr and click away and many players stoically walk or jog by to hurry the process along. Most players did just that today, but not the bad boys. The defensive line and their coach Karl Dunbar took the time to stop, gather and and smile for the camera. The moment took less than 30 seconds but it was a clear indication of how this group feels about themselves and each other.

Punt returner up in the air

Jalen Saunders worked with the “ones” on the punt return unit today and looked unshakable. He fielded punts cleanly, advanced the ball quickly and didn’t shy away from contact despite his diminutive frame. At 5’9″ and 165 pounds, it doesn’t seem like it will work, but his low center of gravity, smooth and sudden speed and ability to absorb contact he could be a fun chess piece for the Jets return game which was lacking in 2013. Shaq Evans dropped one punt today with the second unit, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings the young receiver.

Push a push-up

Last year, after the Jets struggled with false starts and other offensive penalties, the team reinstated their push-up policy from a few years ago. It would seem that the Jets staff is not about to get off on a bad foot this year, and is following the push-up policy again this time from the outset of camp. Today there were three penalties that caused practice to stop and all the players, coaches and support staff (even public relations included) to drop to the deck.

The Life of (Trevor) Reilly 

Reilly might have been the Jets seventh rounder this past May, but he’s already popping off the field. Literally. He had a defensive play where he swatted a Matt Simms pass to the ground at the line of scrimmage. What was most impressive about it? He was already so high (30.5 inch vertical) in the air that when the ball got to him, I believe he knocked it down with his forearm on the downswing at about where his waist level was. The point being that he was so high over the ball the ball he had to essentially reach down to swat it. I get that Reilly was working with the threes/fours at the time, but the play was impressive and demonstrated why many considered him a third- or fourth-round pick before he slid to the seventh. I don’t fully know yet where he will fit, but we have to imagine that the team will find a way to keep him on the roster if at all possible.




20 comments
idothis2
idothis2

I kinda think the media in attendance should be doing the stop, drop, penalty push ups also just for the humor

machoking
machoking

Coples better do something other then look cool in pics this year.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

The Farm is very happy with the first Jets practice. The intensity was there, and Geno is looking like our franchise QB, arriba!

juunit
juunit

I'd think swatting a pass is a pretty universal thing, so the fact that it was against the 3's doesn't negate it much. I mean, sure, a better QB wouldn't throw the ball directly at a guy who based on this description had already left the ground before the pass left his hand. And yes, going against a better offensive lineman might have distracted Reilly to the point that he couldn't focus on the QB and therefore even attempt to knock the pass down.


Still, the reaction time and hand-eye coordination required would really be the same no matter who he was up against.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

its gonna be fun  everytime this defense gets 3rd and longs on opposing offenses and watching coples wilkerson richardson babin and harrison all rush the qb

harold
harold

Great insight on the day as a whole.  Priceless.  I feel like I am in Cortland!!

joemustgo
joemustgo

@rstysanchz And Pryor on a delayed blitz with a clear path to Brady's blind side...

__fense
__fense

@NJJDB @Brendan The issue here is a majority of these guys don't have the word son in their names.

Brendan
Brendan

@__fense Haha I saw that. I hope he makes the squad, seems like a good dude. I want to keep all of the DL so I'm dreading cutdown day. 

Zartan
Zartan

They're Wilk son's, until they branch out on their own.

__fense
__fense

@Brendan @__fense I'm never going to be able to look at a picture of him without laughing because he's doing that pose.

Brendan
Brendan

@__fense Haha he even does it sitting down. We're always talking about consistency, well Finau's nothing if he's not consistent.