While the Jets are on their break, let’s review some pictures from the mandatory minicamp practices, and analyze exactly what’s going on within each photo.
Jets D’Brickashaw Ferguson (right) is talking with Vladamir Ducasse (#62) and Rookie OL Robert Griffin (left).
It’s positive to see:
#1- Ducasse is seeking help from a veteran and Pro Bowler in Ferguson. For Ducasse, this is a do-or-die type of year. The ENTIRE Jets organization and their fans, are expecting him to take the next step in his career.
#2- Although Robert Griffin is clearly not talking to Ferguson, at least he is jumping into discussions. Griffin can use all the help he can get and many would agree, because you can never be satisfied as a Rookie in the NFL.
As training camp starts, it would be nice to see the Offensive Line come together and bond as a unit. Chemistry was a big part of the #1 rushing attack that the Jets had in ’09. Getting back to Ground-n-Pound is key and that starts up front. Ideally, we would like to see the veteran players (Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and Brandon Moore) give some extra pointers to the younger guys, and get them up to speed. The picture above shows that they’ve got a head start.
Jets WR Jeremy Kerley (#11) is going 1-on-1 with Jets CB Antonio Cromartie (#31).
This is an interesting matchup for a Jets practice. One reason is because of the size differential between the two. Cromartie is about as tall as Kerley–when he’s squatting. Cro is in promising position and is ready to jam Jeremy off the line of scrimmage. Another reason why this is an interesting matchup, is because Kerley is lined up wide. Kerley, often lined up in the slot, is out in “Al-CRO-traz”, where Cromartie has a slight advantage on him. The advantage comes with the sideline territory. Part of what makes Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie look so good, is that they tend to lead their man toward the sideline. It’s an advantage because they can eliminate certain routes or cuts that a WR can make. The Jets have Kerley lined up wide here, because both Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill (normally wide) are rehabbing from injuries.
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