Here are today’s thought and observations from the Jets practice, closed to the public:
- The biggest news of the day was the increased in involvement of Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley. Both of them participated in portions of team drills, Kerley a bit more than Holmes, and Holmes did have the no-contact jersey on for part of the session. Nevertheless, this is a great sign. Coach Ryan stated earlier that both may be available on Sunday night, and this is a huge step.
- Austin Howard split first team reps at right tackle today with everybody’s favorite lineman, Wayne Hunter. His back may have had something to do with it, as Howard actually took 6 more reps than Hunter. The competition is clearly on.
- Late update from camp, Jeff Cumberland has a concussion, which kept him off the practice field today. Not a good sign, as he was showing some good things as a second tight end. The Jets don’t need any more injury troubles.
- To that end, Patrick Turner and Joe McKnight both ended today’s workout on bikes. Not good. We need both of these guys, and Turner has been Mark Sanchez’s most consistent target so far this preseason. Turner hopes to be back tomorrow, while McKnight is getting x-rays on his shins. Hope for the best folks.
- TJ Conley was putting up hang times of 3 and 4 seconds. Not too shabby, and certainly better than the 2 shanks from the other night.
- Finally, Eron Riley got some separation on Antonio Cromartie for a long TD pass. Maybe he will get some decent action Sunday night.
We will report tomorrow following the open practice tomorrow.