Jul 31, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) walks to the practice field prior to training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Thoughts and Observations: New York Jets’ Training Camp 08/05/13

The Jets got back to work at training camp this morning, following the Green and White scrimmage from Saturday night, and yesterday’s day off. Let’s get to the thoughts from the writers in attendance. Thanks to Rich Cimini, among others, for the live tweets that make our report possible:

  • OFFENSIVE LINE GETTING IT DONE: Specifically, I am talking about the first team offensive line, the group we EXPECT to see a lot out of.  From all I read, they are blowing guys off the ball, and Bilal Powell was reaping the benefits.  Big run, after big run, after big run.  It’s great to see the offensive line looking ready to get at it.
  • IVORY AND WINSLOW STILL ON BIKES: The Tour de France is still alive and well, and two important players are still in the race.  Kellen Winslow and running back Chris Ivory were still on the bikes today.  I still say not to get too worried about Ivory yet, but it might be time to sweat if he can’t go on Friday night.  Winslow has been on a pitch count, but it has been a few days since he has practiced.  It might be worth keeping an eye on.
  • SANCHEZ TAKES THE EDGE TODAY: The quarterback competition is not over yet by a long shot, ladies and gentlemen.  Geno Smith had a couple of interceptions during 7 on 7 drills today, while Mark Sanchez continued the momentum he had gained at the end of the Green and White game.  Aside from connecting with a golf cart outside the practice field at the end of practice, he was pretty sharp today.
  • RYAN SPADOLA STILL GETTING IT DONE: The young UDFA is making a strong case to make this team coming out of training camp.  Whether they are coming from Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith, Ryan Spadola is catching everything thrown his way, which is exciting for a group that there isn’t a lot expected out of.
  • A NEW FULLBACK IN TOWN: Have we seen the end of Lex Hilliard?  Early returns seem to suggest that possibility.  Tommy Bohanon had one especially nice run today, where he lowered a shoulder into Isaiah Trufant, before continuing along his way.  He is one to watch, and could be a steal from the end of the 2013 draft.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    Was the golf cart at least *near* the field? It’s like he’s the A-Rod of football. He can’t just make mistakes, he’s gotta make them spectacles. You were kinda vague with the fullback comment, I’m guessing it was bohannon who lowered the shoulder and made the nice run.

    • TheJetPress

      apparently it was near the field…..nice catch on the fullback thing, going to edit it now…yes I was speaking of bohanon

  • Paul Newbold

    Offensive line sounds like they could be a force, if they stay healthy. I hope they are playing dominantly, because by some of the reports I read, the defensive line was pretty quiet during the green and white game. I know all camps have their share of hamstrings problems and the bikes are hard at work. It seems to me that the last season and the start of this one, the Jets have worn the treads off the tires!! Winslow needs to be on the field for pre season, I know they have him on a pitch count, but its important that he build a chemistry with the QB, whomever that will be!

    • TheJetPress

      It would be nice to get Winslow back on the field. I really hope he is available Friday night. Rex announced, speaking of QBs, that both will play with the first team on Friday night.
      It does sound like the offensive line is really ready to get at it. Hope so

      • Paul Newbold

        Thanks for the reports on camp. Without watching live its difficult to get a good read, I’m looking forward to watching Friday!!

        • TheJetPress

          You are welcome Paul, it’s my pleasure.

    • Frank Antonelli

      Rex said that there was nothing wrong with Winslow, still on the pitch count. The trainers are using the same approach that got Landry through the entire season last year. If Winslow plays in all 16 games regular season games that will be a big plus for the offense.

      • TheJetPress

        It would be bigger than huge, it could make Winslow the steal of the offseason.

      • Paul Newbold

        Rex said we would win a super bowl too! LOL I’m rooting for Winslow, I’d just like to see him out there in pads.