Here are some quick-hits from Jets training camp in SUNY Cortland…
1. Big-name injury updates
- Injuries are beginning to mount as a couple more key players are added to the medical report. These players are wide receiver David Nelson and running back Bilal Powell — who will be nursing groin (Nelson) and hamstring (Powell) injuries. A few others added to the medical report are cornerback Ras-I Dowling (foot) who returned to practice today, running back Alex Green (chest), and Johnny Patrick (hamstring). Patrick left practice early due to injury.
2. Updates on the injured rookies
- Defensive end Zach Thompson (shoulder), and safety Brandon Hardin (foot) missed practice today. They too, have joined top draft picks in Calvin Pryor (concussion) and Jace Amaro (knee) on the injury report.
- Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, who’s been nursing a hip injury he suffered the first day of training camp, returned to practice but was limited.
- Geno Smith was off to a hot start in training camp, but cooled off the past couple of days. Smith did throw a touchdown to Greg Salas today, but also threw an interception — a pick-six by linebacker Demario Davis, who jumped a screen pass during team drills.
- Michael Vick also threw an interception, but according to Rich Cimini of ESPN NY, “it wasn’t his fault“. Keep in mind, Vick will be working with the second-team offense on a regular basis, with Smith continuing to take majority of first-team reps, so it’s a little unrealistic to expect a perfect outing by Vick’s second-team unit.
4. Five INT’s today for the defense
- It was a good day for the defense — intercepting Smith (1), Vick (1), Simms (1), and Boyd (2) a total of five times. Obviously, that means a sloppy day for the offense. If the Jets expect to be the best in the league defensively, they need to have more days like this. After all, it’s not like the offense will be no. 1 in the NFL, so it’s normal for the defense to push them around a little bit throughout camp. I’m not suggesting that turnovers are acceptable, but rather that the defense will help prepare Smith/Vick for the regular season. If they can beat Rex Ryan’s aggressive multi-scheme defense, they ought to be ready for anything.