Nov 3, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill (84) before the game against New Orleans Saints at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports

Notes from Jets Mandatory Minicamp Day 3

Here are a few notes from the final day of mandatory minicamp from Florham Park, NJ.

  • Stephen Hill stepping up?  Could it be true?  Does Stephen Hill finally understand that playing wide receiver actually involves catching the football?  By many accounts, Stephen had a great day today, and one beat reporter described Stephen of having the best spring.  Whether it is from the want to get better, knowing he could be cut if he doesn’t, or a combination of both, there are some nice early signs from Stephen Hill.  Hopefully the trend will continue.
  • Young secondary looking good: One of the highlights of Jets minicamp was the young secondary.  Today, rookie Calvin Pryor recorded an INT off of a tipped pass by Dee Milliner.  Defense always starts out ahead of the offense in camp, but if this young group can gain some chemistry we certainly won’t see as many big plays as we did last season.
  • Geno picked, but rebounds: Geno Smith showed an improved  quarterback amnesia today, being able to come back after interceptions.  He threw that pick to Pryor mentioned earlier, but came back with connections to David Nelson.  Smith and David Nelson are actually continuing on their chemistry from last season, by all accounts, and getting better.

Up next for the players is vacation until training camp.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Good news is always welcome. Geno Smith was 2-6 and Vick 2-7 in team drills however, so we still need to see substantial improvement in camp. The secondary is young and speedy by many reports, good to hear they are catching the ball! There are still some kinks to work out in the secondary through camp, and I wouldn’t mind a bit if the Jets were add a veteran to the group before camp. If Hill and Nelson can both continue to play well, it would be great news for the Jets receiving corps! Still some questions to be resolved there as well, and the competitions promise to be interesting in camp. I haven’t heard much about the offensive line play through OTA’s and mini camps. I think it might be one of the biggest concerns with this team. With aging starters, a question mark at both guard positions and very little experienced depth, an injury could become disatrous quickly. We need some guys to step up their game, and hope some of the veterans can return to their prior level of play. Last season wasn’t pretty along that line, and the Jets have to figure it out in camp!