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Thoughts and Observations from New York Jets’ Training Camp Day 3

By Alan Schechter

Jul 26, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill (84) makes a catch during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Here are some thoughts and observations from people in attendance at Jets training camp this afternoon. It was a wet one, as the morning practice was suspended due to lightning, and practice reconvened at 3:30 PM:

THE QUARTERBACK DUEL IS FOR REAL: Supposedly we had a quarterback competition last summer, but we all know how that turned out. Well, in 2013, it’s for real. Today was Geno Smith’s day to work with the starters, as he and Mark will alternate every two days. Geno, by all accounts, is looking better and better. He hit Stephen Hill on a beautiful 40 yard connection today that apparently travelled about 55 yards in the air. Geno’s got a gun folks. Hey Mark, it’s on.

HILL’S HANDS ARE NOT ROCKS AFTER ALL: Well, at least thus far in camp they are not. Stephen Hill is getting noted for making tough catches so far this summer, not for dropped passes. Of course, we will have to see this in game situations before we get TOO excited, but it’s a nice start, isn’t it?

ARE THE “GATES” OPEN FOR CLYDE?: Rex Ryan called him the MVP of training camp so far, and with good reason. Clyde has improved his route running by leaps and bounds, with everybody noticing. He put a stutter step move on Darrin Walls, taking him almost out of his shoes. Maybe the WR depth chart won’t be so bad after all? Time will only tell.

IVORY ALREADY A FIT: He hasn’t seen much of the field yet, but Chris Ivory is already turning heads on the Jets’ sidelines. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Ivory has “natural hands”, which will do nothing but serve him well in the West Coast offense. Great news, if you ask me.

Tune in tomorrow for more.