Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets free safety Antonio Allen (39) warms up before facing the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. The Steelers won the game 19-6. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Thoughts on New York Jets' Minicamp

First off, you have to be excited about Antonio Allen and Calvin Pryor taking reps with the first team defense. You know that Rex is high on both of these players, for one. Secondly, look at the lack of age in our secondary. Say it turns out with the two young safeties, add that to Dee Milliner and Dimitri Patterson, and the oldest starting member of the secondary would be 30 years old. It’s a group that could be together a long time.

After all, would wouldn’t like a player on our team that announces upon arrival that he “hates the Patriots”? What could be better?

By all accounts, Geno Smith has been the most consistent of the quarterbacks. He has a great command of the offense and is emerging into a leader. This is ultimately what the team wants. They want their draftee, Geno Smith, to be the guy. Not that the competition is rigged, but privately, John Idzik does not want the quarterback he has invested in to not be the guy. He would be very happy to see Geno under center come week one, and maybe we are on that route right now.

Stephen Hill is performing well. Did you ever think you would hear that sentence, and not be dreaming? I was beginning to wonder, but apparently he is the only one that wasn’t dropping passes. Good to see for Hill. He seems to be working hard and hard work always pays off.

Chris Johnson is well enough to be on the field, but the team is still going to be cautious. It sounds like sitting on both sides of the fence, but I like it a lot. He won’t participate in team drills, but he IS working out in individual drills.

A guy that relies on his speed relies on his legs. If he was shut down, it might slow down getting his legs in shape. Milliner had some hamstring issues, and remember how often he did, or didn’t practice during camp, minicamp, ..etc. Work him out a little so he stays in shape, but not too much so he injures himself further in any way.

Looking forward to seeing how things develop at practice today.

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  • Paul Newbold

    News out of mandatory mini camp is good so far! Hill has shown good skills in camp before, and then gone on to become injured and unproductive. All reports from the Jets though, have always referenced his work ethic, so hopefully it pays off and Hill has a break out season! Geno showed development in the final stretch of last season, and I think everyone would love him to take “the sophomore leap”! If both can put it together it will be great news for the offense! Alan and Pryor playing with the first stringers is welcome news, as Landry was beat far too often on the back end last season. If Alan develops into a ball hawk on the back end and Pryor can improve his coverage skills and both continue to deliver the hard hitting styles, finally a WR in this league will need to fear a Jet safety! As far as cornerback, I’m not as optimistic as you. I still see it as a major issue with the secondary. The Jets need to see consistency from Milliner, he did play well own the stretch last season, but he was also benched four times. An improved Milinner is a necessity for the Jets this season! As far as Patterson manning the other side, I see it as a gamble. The guy has more injury shortened seasons then he has not, I believe he has managed only one full season in his career. which has now included four different team! He’s 31 yrs old, I’ve heard him described as a ball hawk when healthy, but his managed only 9 interceptions in 8 seasons. He hasn’t posted a double digit pass defended total since 2011, and hasn’t played more then 10 games since that time. He’s more of a slot/nickel corner, and may be victimized on the outside considering he is older and coming off yet another injury last season! Behind Milliner, Wilson, and Patterson, the Jets depth is adequate, but should one of the starters go down, it will likely spell trouble! Thanks for the report Alan, always good to read your pieces.

    • RONBO19

      Paul, I happened to catch your ‘shall we call it conversation” with that idiot Frank on the Goodson post(the one prior to his release) and as usual, you continued to conduct yourself like the educated gentleman you are.Unfortunately the same can not be said for your opponent in that debate who is more concerned with bullying posters that don’t agree with his mindless thought process than learning anything. I applaud the way you conducted yourself as although I’m not a violent man i might be willing to make an exception in his case. My dad always told me the only way to deal with a bully was to basically beat him at his own game. I’d rather do it by using my wits but in this case i would be dueling with an un-armed man.He definitely needs a good but whooping but will no doubt hide behind his computer.Do you hear me Frank? I’ll be your huckel berry!

      • Paul Newbold

        Thanks for the compliments RONBO. I enjoy posting, I try to discuss the Jets in an intelligent manner, so that I might learn more about the team. I’m well aware my views are often considered “radical”, and have been attacked for them by far worse then my “buddy” Frank. It’s really a shame though, as Frank knows the game and the Jets, its just his knack for name calling that makes it impossible to have any kind of discussion with him. Internet bullies in my experience, usually turn out to be guys/gals that wouldn’t dare try such antics in person. The power the computer gives some folks, is not always a good thing! LOL

  • AC

    We won’t know anything until September. Its nice to hear Geno is doing well, but now Vick is mouthing off that its a bit premature in his career to be a backup. I have no faith in Stephen Hill, I’ll believe it when I see it in the regular season, not even pre-season. I was in 6th grade when the Jets went 4-0 in the preseason and then went 1-15 during the regular season or something close to that. But its always nice to have hope…