4 standouts and 1 dud from NY Jets first padded training camp practice

Garrett Wilson and others shined during Tuesday's practice while one notable player struggled
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Standout: Carl Lawson/Will McDonald, DE, NY Jets

While Becton struggled, the Jets' defensive line once again had a phenomenal day. Carl Lawson continues to show signs of the player he was when the Jets originally signed him, as he had another big day on Tuesday.

Lawson recorded another sack — his third/fourth of the summer — and nearly sacked Zach Wilson on another play. A fully-healthy Lawson could be a difference-maker for the Jets' defense this year.

Meanwhile, rookie Will McDonald practiced for the first time since the Jets' first training camp practice last Thursday, and he wasted little time making an impact.

McDonald got past Becton for a would-be sack of Wilson while working with the second-team defense. It remains to be seen how large of a role McDonald will play this season, but he's looked the part to this point.

Standout: Israel Abanikanda, RB, NY Jets

Another rookie who flashed on Tuesday was running back Israel Abanikanda. The Jets' fifth-round pick has worked almost exclusively with the third-team offense, but he showed exactly why the Jets are so high on him on Tuesday.

Abanikanda took a handoff from Tim Boyle and found a space in the defense, breaking free for a 50+ yard touchdown. The play displayed the game-breaking speed and explosiveness the Jets hope to see from the rookie this year.

While he's still firmly behind Michael Carter and Zonovan Knight in the battle for the Jets' RB2 job, more runs like this one will help him climb up the depth chart as the summer progresses.

Don't be surprised if Abanikanda starts to push Carter and Knight for playing time at some point this season.