Jul 27, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Ryan Spadola (85) prepares to make a catch during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Thoughts and Observations from Jets’ Training Camp 8/1/13

Let’s get right to the report from a rainy morning out in Cortland, NY:

  • Richardson, Ivory and Winslow on Bike: Both of these guys, who are important to the Jets’ success, spent time on the bike today.  Don’t worry though, Shelon was on the bike due to his dental problem, and Ivory did some drills early.  Kellen Winslow was set to be on a pitch-count during camp, so that is all this was.
  •  Geno to Spadola: Geno Smith continues to show excellent poise as he fights for the starting job.  During two-minute drills, Geno sidestepped the rush, and hit Ryan Spadola with a 50 yard bomb.  Spadola made an excellent diving catch on the back-end of the play.  New connection for Geno?
  • Mark outplays Geno: Although Geno didn’t play badly, most accounts of today’s events indicated that Mark outplayed Geno, especially late in the practice.  Mark threw 2 TD’s late in 2 minute drills, while Geno still struggled.  As I have said before, not looking at stats, trying to focus on the overall.
  • Defensive Line Beats Offensive Line:Word from Cortland is that the offensive line did not look good today.  It’s not surprising, we know how good the defensive line is, maybe the best unit on the team.  However, it is just worth noting that the offensive line struggled.  Mo Wilkerson looked particularly good, taking a lineman right back into Mark’s face for a sack on one particular pass rush.
  • Milliner Fully Involved: Here is some great news, Jets fans.  Dee Milliner was involved in basically the entire practice.  He even ran with the first string during team drills.  How great a sign is that?  Maybe he will be ready to make an impact faster than we thought.  We can only hope.  He was also quite coached up by Antonio Cromartie, which I particularly love to hear.  His maturity is something that will not show up in a boxscore, but it will show up in everyone’s play.

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  • Frank Antonelli

    Mark had one TD when the defense had only nine men on the field! If only other teams were forced to play only nine guys against Mark we might be ok. Seriously though the part that really stands out is the fact that Mark has thrown 4 interceptions including another one today and Geno has thrown none. Which one is the rookie?!

    • TheJetPress

      I wouldn’t go to crazy about the stats like I said in my article a couple of days ago. That’s not because I am a Mark fan, it’s because we need to see what these guys do in an actual game.

      • Frank Antonelli

        Agreed but at least it’s a positive sign that Geno is not a turnover machine at this stage of camp, especially since this is his rookie initiation.

        • TheJetPress

          Very true….it’s a good fight that’s for sure.