Aug. 18, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan on the sidelines against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Giants won 26-3. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Thoughts and Observations from Jets Monday Practice

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Here are some quick thoughts and observations as the Jets came back to work today at Florham Park, NJ:

  • It is only good news to hear that Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley were back on the field today.  This team has been decimated at the wide receiver spot, and healthy bodies will be a welcome change.  Don’t worry about the fact that they were in red no-contact jerseys today, it’s only Monday.  This bodes well as to the possibility of them taking the field on Sunday night.
  • Mark Sanchez was a bit flat, according to reporters on scene.  Yes he did throw 9-15, but like I always say, these stats in the preseason mean very little.   The word was that his passes didn’t look very crisp, they looked like “pancakes”.  Not good.  Pancakes are great for breakfast, not football.
  • If they were looking to improve the pass protection, this didn’t happen today.  The offense gave up seven sacks total, and Wayne Hunter took 70% of the first team reps.  That won’t make any Jets fans happy, although Rex did say today that he won’t commit right now to Hunter being the starter.
  • According to some, the quarterbacks are holding the ball too long, which is contributing to the sacks.  I agree it’s a valid problem, and they are working on it with the buzzer after three seconds.  There is another side, if the Jets want to take shots down field, how are you going to do that in under three seconds?  Just a thought.
  • The popular Damon Harrison looked good on a couple of plays, giving Terrance Campbell a tough time blocking him.
  • Quinton Coples looked good as well, beating Robert Griffin on a couple of different occasions in getting to the quarterback.

Thanks for reading.

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