D-Line Tip Drills:
I remember during Minicamp practices, seeing Karl Dunbar’s new Defensive Line running the Tip Drill.
I can’t emphasize enough, just how smart this is for our defense. A tipped pass can ruin a completion, end a drive, and even cause a turnover. There are many perks to a tipped pass on Defense. So by running this drill during practice, the players will begin to adapt to the quick reaction they need using their hand-eye coordination. It all happens so fast…. so by practicing it more, it improves our chances of creating an interception off of it.
New Look Pass Rush:
With the addition of our new 1st Round Pick, Quinton Coples, the pass rush has a new look to it. Between Aaron Maybin, Muhammad Wilkerson, Calvin Pace, and Quinton Coples, opposing offenses are going to see a lot of heat coming in their direction.
Today was the first look to everybody in full pads, so there was a lot more intensity out there. The drills that were run along the line of scrimmage were physical—enough to make it seem like the NFL is officially back! The Defensive Line looked great!
Wilkerson & co. were very effective using their power-swat move to shed their block. I really enjoyed watching them rush passed their block, and down the field in a quick flash.
One standout player (noticed by Rex Ryan as well), was Nose Tackle Damon Harrison—who is currently pushing for a spot on the final 53-man roster. He stands a great chance if he can play like he did today—with great passion, commitment, and determination. If Harrison can keep this up on a consistent basis, he’ll be the perfect guy to sub in for some of these other D Linemen, who eventually are going to need a breather.
Special Teams today, as usual, continued practicing aside from the more “popular” action. #4 TJ Conley (pictured below) had a nice boot, or two, leading the Punt team.
Conley is looking forward to another season as the Jets Punter. However, ideally, we would like to get more from him. By we, I mean us fans. I’m assuming that everyone’s on the same page, agreeing that Conley has some room for improvement.
Nick Folk and Josh Brown, on the other hand, continue to battle it out for the Starting Kicker position. Personally, I’m favoring Brown, because of his consistency throughout his whole career.
Brown made all 4 field goals today, while Nick Folk went 3-5 missing from 45 and 46 yards.
Advantage: Josh Brown.
Look out, Nick. You’ve got to start making those kicks, or Tannenbaum will show you the “Folking” door!
Will the Otah trade even go through?
Jeff Otah, who the Jets recently acquired in a trade with the Carolina Panthers, remains on the sidelines. He continues to take his conditioning test after failing it, but looks like he’s out of shape for the most part.
Here he is, sitting on the bench after a simple jog…
He’s going to have to get up and get going, plus pass his physical, before there’s any possibility of hearing his name and the words, “Play Like a Jet” in the same sentence.
Front Office View
I don’t want to say that Jets Owner Woody Johnson was absent from today’s practice… but I didn’t see him. I did, however, see Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan talking today, as they observed the Jets practice from the field.
Here is a picture of the two…
JETSerious Training Camp Coverage Continues!
Tomorrow, JETSerious will remain in Cortland to give the readers’ another inside look at Jets Camp. I will provide as much coverage as possible, to the best of my capabilities. Thanks for reading… and stay tuned!!!