2013 Jets Training Camp: A day of extremes

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Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Crazy day here in Cortland with the rainstorm. After a long wait, the sky cleared up and the sun was baking the spectators for the afternoon practice as the Jets got back on the field at 3:30 for their full practice period after having an indoor walk-through that was closed to the public and media. On the field of the stadium in Cortland, here’s some of the collected thoughts we had while watching the Jets out on the turf.

  • The offensive line and defensive lines broke off and did a drill where the defensive players tries to get past one offensive linemen off a snap in a simulated pass rush scenario, one at a time. After an attempt the defensive player moves down to the next offensive player and so on. Here’s some thoughts about that.
    • Watching Nick Mangold take on Muhammad Wilkerson in this drill was like watching Godzilla versus Sharknado as these two just WENT OFF on each other. Wilkerson was the irresistible force, and Mangold was the immovable object. Mangold slowed Wilkerson down nicely, but even up against one of the league’s best centers he didn’t get turned around.
    • In work against other players, WIlkerson showed a nice bull rush as well as a spin move, something you don’t often get to see him do when he works on the inside. It looked pretty damn good to me.
    • Richardson showed his speed and agility coupled with his low pad-level by basically just shooting the gap under one blocker right off the snap.
    • Brian Winters looked solid to me when a defender showed some bad leverage and Winters used a quick one-hand punch to put the defender into the turf.
  • For those concerned about Geno’s transition from shotgun to under center, today Mornhinweg said the move was “almost seamless.” That has showed on the practice field. While he’s clearly still a rookie dropped into an NFL offense, he’s treading water … but not walking on it yet.
  • Zach Rogers is quietly asserting himself among a group of very compelling receivers. He had a very smooth practice and had a number of nice grabs in an opportunity to play with the first team. Braylon Edwards was on the side as was Kellen Winslow, which gave Rogers an opportunity on a few first team snaps in three receiver sets.
  • Chris Ivory was in pads today, but he didn’t get in on practice with the team. The Jets had communicated earlier in the week that he might see the field today, but the coaches are still optimistic he will see the field soon. The team is just being preventative.
  • I know he’s not flashy, but I really like Bilal Powell in all facets of his game. He came on well at the end of last year running the ball and he’s done a few things that have stood out so far in camp. Tonight in practice he had a great pickup in pass protection with the first team which allowed Geno Smith to make a deep completion to Stephen Hill. He also took a short pass to the sideline deep into the secondary. Bilal is making little plays consistently through camp .. that’s a good thing for a team looking for answers past Chris Ivory.
  • It is still very early, but one gets the impression that Stephen Hill is in a groove right now with rookie QB Geno Smith. This is totally conjecture, but I have to wonder if it is because of the velocity of Smith’s passes. The ball spends less time in the air which allows Hill to use his height and explosiveness to quickly grab the ball over much smaller defenders. Passes with a slower velocity take more time to get downfield, allow the defensive back more time to set up, more time to adjust and defend the ball … just a thought …
  • KJ Stroud and Royce Adams got into a short scuffle between them. It was more of the same, players getting a little too physical with each other and someone taking offense … next …
  • John Griffin is a tad on the raw side, but he’s looks promising on the field — and this is a Goodson rebound talking here. Today I asked Marty Mornhinweg specifically about Griffin and he said that Griffin “is an NFL caliber running back” but that he certainly has room for improvement.