Monday Morning Quarterback: Training Camp Week One


Jul 24, 2014; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback

Geno Smith

(7) passes the ball during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Football is back and all is well with the world. The Jets are back at it, working out the kinks, putting on the pads and hitting, and getting ready for what should be an interesting 2014. Let’s talk a little bit about what we have seen so far.

Geno Smith is putting a stranglehold on this number one quarterback position. As we have said, this isn’t really a competition, no matter what Rex Ryan or John Idzik say. Dividing the snaps 75% to 25% is not an even competition. Geno Smith was going to have to play very poorly to give up his job to Michael Vick, and he is not doing that. The same comments are being heard, about how Geno looks far better than last year.


He will be your quarterback if he isn’t injured, mark it down.

How much fun is it going to be to watch Chris Johnson do his job this fall? He seems to be healthy, and as we have reported all week, Johnson is looking explosive. He is running hard, making catches out of the backfield, and even receiving passes split out as wide receiver. Johnson is going to add a speed element to the offense that we haven’t seen, at least since Leon Washington. I can’t wait to see him fly like a Jet.

On defense, nobody has jumped out at the cornerback spot yet. Don’t be concerned, as we all know it’s still very early. I just felt it was worth noting, since typically the defense is ahead of the offense.

One position worth keeping an eye on is wide receiver. Yes, we were keeping an eye on it anyway, but this week has made me keep more of an eye on it. Other than Eric Decker, we are hearing about dropped footballs around the depth chart. Stephen Hill shows some signs of coming out of it, which is intriguing, but it’s not enough.

It’s early, but a bit more consistency needs to emerge from the position, so the depth chart can start to clear itself up.

You love to hear about guys that you don’t expect to make noise, having a great camp. So far, Rontez Miles and Zach Sudfeld are doing just that. Are Sudfeld and Miles going to unseat guys like Cumberland or Demario Davis? Of course not. But, Rex Ryan always has room on his Jets for guys that play like Jets. Miles and Sudfeld are doing just that.

There have been no major injury problems so far. Calvin Pryor has ample time to pass his concussion tests. No news is always good news when it comes to training camp injuries.