Jul 31, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets linebacker Ricky Sapp (55) prepares to tackle running back Bilal Powell (29) during a drill at training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Thoughts and Observations: New York Jets' Training Camp 8/2/13

Let’s get right to today’s report on training camp from Cortland, NY:

  • RICKY SAPP CAN GET TO THE QUARTERBACK: In what one of the reporters described as the “worst practice so far”, Ricky Sapp was drawing attention for the right reasons.  He recorded 2 sacks today, and observers basically said he was in the backfield before they could blink.  If he can stay healthy, Ricky will be a huge asset.
  • DALTON FREEMAN CARTED OFF: This could be a big blow.  We all know how the Jets have lacked in depth on the offensive line, and Dalton was having a great camp.  He had been competing for the position of Nick Mangold’s backup, and could not put any weight on his right leg.  He was carted off, we will bring more info as we have it.
  • IVORY STILL OUT: Chris Ivory is still not on the field.  He came out today with pads, but did not even participate in team drills.  It’s not time to be that nervous, that will come if he isn’t able to suit up against the Lions next weekend.  For what it’s worth, Rex had hoped that Chris would be farther along.
  • WEAK GOALINE OFFENSE: Today became the big day, where the team worked on goaline drills.  It’s a fun day to watch, as the pads popping gets everyone excited.  However, the offense did not look good.  The day was riddled with penalties, and unsuccessful plays.  The defensive line dominated stuffing many of the running plays that the Jets tried down deep.
  • WINSLOW AND EDWARDS PITCH COUNT: Both Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards did not practice today.  Not to worry, however, as the only reason for that is that the Jets are monitoring both of these guys, limiting their time.  Remember, they did the same with Landry last season, and that worked out pretty well.
  • SANCHEZ STEPS IT UP A NOTCH: If Geno Smith is going to win the QB competition, it won’t be without a fight.  Mark Sanchez is stepping up his play, especially over the last couple of practices.  Most onlookers agreed that Mark won the day, especially in 7 on 7s.  Many fans won’t talk about that, but I will.

Tomorrow, our buddy Craig Hoffman will have a recap from the Green and White game, as he will be in attendance.


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  • Korwil

    I’ve heard Sanchez has been playing better and that’s good, although I’m rooting for both guys to do well. I agree with you that I don’t understand the big deal with Chris Ivory’s hamstring because if he really aggravates in TC then that would be an issue. I’d rather rest it and strengthen it now so we can watch him during the regular season.

    I’m happy to hear about Ricky Sapp as he was someone I had high hopes for. I think we can assume he will be out there this year rushing the QB the way he’s been racking up sacks in TC (he must have at least 4). As for the other Clemson guy, it sucks to hear that someone who was really impressing get injured. Hopefully it is minor as I think this kid has a lot of potential.

    Thanks for the updates after every training camp, it is much appreciated!

    • TheJetPress

      You are welcome Korwil. Don’t worry there is more where these updates have come from….coming every day.
      Glad to hear that someone is rooting for both guys. As long as the guys play well, may the best QB win. Ricky Sapp is supposedly looking very very good. I hope he can stay healthy.

  • Jetsluva

    I felt before TC that the defense was the strongest part of the team, so it’s not that shocking that the offense has some struggles. However, let’s not forget that we really aren’t seeing the offense at full tilt. They’ve been resting the key offensive weapons and Ivory and Goodson haven’t played. This offense will look a lot better when everyone is in there.

    I still think Geno is winning this competition. A lot of the stuff they’ve been focusing on happens to be the few things Sanchez is great at. I think when it gets live and they have to stretch the field Geno will assert his dominance. We’ve seen the ceiling for Sanchez IMO. He’s not gonna grow a stronger and more accurate arm and he’s not gonna get faster or better at escaping the rush. I do believe this offense is perfect for Sanchez. If he starts I think he’ll have one of his best years. However, I don’t think it makes sense to start Sanchez. They need to see what Geno has. They know what Sanchez is. They need to let Geno play and only take him out if he is overwhelmed and looks like he has no business out there. I doubt that will happen tho. Is it possible that Geno will look worse than Sanchez, McElroy or Tebow looked last year? If the O Line gives Geno time he’ll complete passes.

    • TheJetPress

      You are right that offensive struggles are no surprise. The defense always comes around first. Geno may still be winning, that is true. I still say let him sit and learn, but whatever is the best for the team is what I will be OK.

  • Paul Newbold

    I;m happy to hear he is stepping up! As we all know by now, I’m no Sanchez fan! But if he can win this competition, play fairly well during the season, and cut out the turnovers, we can trade him instead of cutting him. I like the idea of salvaging something from a top pick. Bad news on Dalton, the Jets need a legitimate back up. Sapp can be a monster addition if he stays healthy! I’m not sure if I like the pitch counts, though they worked well with the safeties last year, I’d think it’d be important that these offensive players be in there. I mean I understand trying to keep them healthy, but its a new system, new personnel, it would seem utterly important for these guys to participate along side their team mates. If they can’t make it through camp without going down, how do we expect them to succeed when the real hits arrive?

    • TheJetPress

      All fair assessments Paul. Definitely bad news on Dalton, he was shaping up quite to be the good backup center. I hope Sapp can stay healthy.

    • Campfodder

      These comments make no sense to me. You are saying that if he does well and starts the season and does well…. we should TRADE him?????

      WTF? If Sanchez turns it around and does well during the season, knowing the Jets we will extend him and we will be doomed for more mediocre play at QB… just stop it.

      If you are not a Sanchez fan then you do not want to see this guy anywhere on the field as a starter for the Jets, just be straight about it. If you feel Sanchez gives this team the best chance to win long term then say it.

      • Paul Newbold

        Just saying they should give Geno the time to fully learn the system, and adjust his game to the pros. Sanchez is done in NY, they drafted Geno, and they aren’t going to pay Sanchez $$ for a back up next year. So you cut him or trade him…I’d rather get something.

        • Campfodder

          Idk, I think if Sanchez plays well there is good shot he stays a starter for the Jets for a long period of time. If your first round pick all of a sudden does well you wont trade him you will keep him.

          There really isnt a middle ground, because if you start him and he sucks then you will still get the same poor trade value like if you didnt start him.

  • JayM

    I understand everyone’s concern about yhe offense but you bettrr start to realize that they are going a very good defense, so try and be rxcited for that

    • TheJetPress

      Very true Jay