New York Jets’ Training Camp: What to Watch For Week 2


Jul 24, 2014; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Shaq Evans (81) makes a catch during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The second week of training camp, and the first full week, is starting as we speak for the New York Jets. What should we watch for during this week at camp? Here are some things I will be watching for:

NO INJURIES: Well, at least no serious ones of course. There are bound to be bumps and bruises, but as long as nobody tears anything, breaks anything…etc., everything will be fine.

ON OFFENSE: With the offense here at training camp, we need to start seeing guys on the outside start to emerge. Eric Decker has looked great, but it doesn’t seem that anyone is turning heads yet. Nobody has been terrible, but we need to see someone look like the number two wide receiver. Whether it is Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson, Stephen Hill, or anyone of the rookies, it doesn’t matter. But the camp needs to yield someone beginning to emerge from the group.

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We also haven’t heard much about the offensive line yet. Getting Willie Colon back as quickly as they have will help. The sooner the better that we hear about that group getting together. If you follow my posts, you know how important, in my view, the offensive line is. The sooner we can get them going, the better.

ON DEFENSE: With the defense, we certainly need to see some defensive backs emerge. We know that barring a miracle change, Dee Milliner will start at one corner. But who will be on the other side? It’s hard to tell at this point as nobody is standing out. As I said before, it doesn’t matter who, Dimitri Patterson, Dexter McDougle, or anyone else. But I would like to see someone start turning heads even at this juncture.

And finally, we haven’t heard much about the pass rush so far. This defense will have quite the high ceiling if they can consistently get to the quarterback. They did it last year, better than they have in a long time. The defense is typically ahead of the offense during training camp, so I figured we would have heard more by now. Yes it’s early, I am not “worried”, but would just like to start hear about some virtual sacks (virtual because they can’t hit the quarterback).

What are some of the things you will be watching this week?