Morning Thoughts on New York Jets’ Minicamp
Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets free safetyAntonio 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
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.
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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.