Thoughts and Observations: New York Jets’ Training Camp 8/2/13


Jul 31, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets linebacker Ricky Sapp (55) prepares to tackle running back Bilal Powell (29) during a drill at training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s get right to today’s report on training camp from Cortland, NY:

  • RICKY SAPP CAN GET TO THE QUARTERBACK: In what one of the reporters described as the “worst practice so far”, Ricky Sapp was drawing attention for the right reasons.  He recorded 2 sacks today, and observers basically said he was in the backfield before they could blink.  If he can stay healthy, Ricky will be a huge asset.
  • DALTON FREEMAN CARTED OFF: This could be a big blow.  We all know how the Jets have lacked in depth on the offensive line, and Dalton was having a great camp.  He had been competing for the position of Nick Mangold’s backup, and could not put any weight on his right leg.  He was carted off, we will bring more info as we have it.
  • IVORY STILL OUT: Chris Ivory is still not on the field.  He came out today with pads, but did not even participate in team drills.  It’s not time to be that nervous, that will come if he isn’t able to suit up against the Lions next weekend.  For what it’s worth, Rex had hoped that Chris would be farther along.
  • WEAK GOALINE OFFENSE: Today became the big day, where the team worked on goaline drills.  It’s a fun day to watch, as the pads popping gets everyone excited.  However, the offense did not look good.  The day was riddled with penalties, and unsuccessful plays.  The defensive line dominated stuffing many of the running plays that the Jets tried down deep.
  • WINSLOW AND EDWARDS PITCH COUNT: Both Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards did not practice today.  Not to worry, however, as the only reason for that is that the Jets are monitoring both of these guys, limiting their time.  Remember, they did the same with Landry last season, and that worked out pretty well.
  • SANCHEZ STEPS IT UP A NOTCH: If Geno Smith is going to win the QB competition, it won’t be without a fight.  Mark Sanchez is stepping up his play, especially over the last couple of practices.  Most onlookers agreed that Mark won the day, especially in 7 on 7s.  Many fans won’t talk about that, but I will.

Tomorrow, our buddy Craig Hoffman will have a recap from the Green and White game, as he will be in attendance.