The New York Jets wrapped up their first week of training camp on Sunday. See who’s standing out amongst the team so far through 4 practices.
Training camp is underway, and the Jets are wearing pads for the first time since December. They take on a new look this summer, with a new coaching staff, new jerseys, and plenty of new faces. Hopefully, a better season is in store.
So far the Jets have had four practices; two with pads on, and two without. It’s still very early, so there’s no reason to overreact about any strong and/or weak performances by players. However, we can appreciate some players’ strong outings thus far.
So who’s been shining thus far in camp? New faces and old faces both have risen to the occasion so far in camp. Here’s three Jets that are opening eyes through week one of training camp.
Ty Montgomery may not be the Jets running back you expected to stand out at the start of camp, but he’s put on a show so far. After the Jets signed him as an under-the-radar move, Montgomery came to play.
The former Packers and Ravens running back/wide receiver has lit up the practice field so far. He’s ran the ball well and caught the ball well, and the Jets coaches are certainly noticing. Gase has began running formations that get both Montgomery and Le’Veon Bell on the field at the same time.
If the Jets find a way to get Bell and Montgomery on the field together consistently, that creates huge matchup problems for defenses. The offense has scorched Gregg Williams’ defense so far in camp, and this two-headed monster is a big reason why.
Another under-the-radar 2019 offseason acquisition has shined so far in training camp. Brian Poole has done a solid job in the slot so far for the Jets’ defense. Connor Hughes of The Athletic described him as a “turnover machine”, and not through interceptions.
Poole has flashed his ability to punch the ball out and force fumbles throughout the week. He’s done it successfully on several occasions, including against Le’Veon Bell. His ability to create takeaways in this fashion reminds many of the way Charles Tillman used to play. He also flashed his ability to hit, particularly on Jamison Crowder.
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— New York Jets (@nyjets) July 28, 2019
Buster Skrine never panned out for the Jets as a slot corner, and the Jets are incredibly thin at the cornerback position as a whole. If Poole was able to play well throughout the season, that would be huge for the Jets. Hopefully he continues to perform well to solidify himself as a solid starter.
Since becoming a premier deep threat for the Jets in 2017, fans have been waiting for Robby Anderson to break out and become a legitimate WR1. He’s yet to truly show his ability to be more than a deep threat in-game, but so far in camp he’s done just that.
Coach Gase has been letting Anderson run routes so far in camp, and it’s working. Hopefully this is finally the year that Anderson can evolve into an all-around player and a consistent threat for Sam Darnold to look for.
Quincy Enunwa and Jamison Crowder have also impressed many at training camp. If all three of them keep up their performances, the offense could see major improvements this coming season. The Jets could line up with 5 true weapons on the field at once in the passing game. Not many teams can say that.