Jul 26, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Clyde Gates (19) during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Here are some thoughts, again based on observations from those in attendance, on today’s practice:
CLYDE GATES IS STEPPING OUT: Again, coach Rex Ryan singled out Gates as one of the players that looked outstanding today at training camp. That is an early, excellent sign for a wide receiver group that looks on paper to be severely lacking in depth and talent.
SHELDON RICHARDSON PLAYING WELL: Sheldon has begun to show his worth as a high draft pick, making a nice move on the line today to knock down a pass my Greg McElroy. He could be a powerful combination with Muhammad Wilkerson on the defensive interior line.
FINGER WAGGING VERSATILITY?: Could the finger wagging DB have more of a role than the past? Kyle Wilson performed some reps at safety today, and coach Ryan hinted that this could happen during the season at times. I guess the finger might be all over the field on Sundays.
RICKY SAPP GETTING OFF THE EDGE: Our buddy Jake Steinberg is a happy guy, as Ricky Sapp is getting noticed for being able to rush the passer off of the edge. He was performing well in 2012 until injuries derailed his chances to make the team. We can only hope that we don’t have a repeat.
NICK FOLK IS THE KICKER: Although I have not seen an official report of Billy Cundiff being released, Kristian Dyer from the “Metro” reported that Nick Folk has won the kicking job. Congrats to him, he will be just fine.
MILLINER GETTING WRONG ATTENTION: Dee Milliner has drawn the attention of his coaches, but not for the reasons anybody wants him to. As we know, he is officially holding out, and coach Ryan is not happy about it. He isn’t as frustrated as he was with Darrelle Revis in 2010, but he’s not thrilled. It’s nice to see I am on the same page with coach Ryan.
QUARTERBACKS ARE CLOSE, SO FAR: From all accounts, nobody is taking a real lead in the quarterback competition so far. Geno Smith has a great arm, but is lacking some pocket presence. Mark is doing well in that phase, but is still inconsistent with the accuracy. This will be fun to watch as we move ahead.