Rookie Camp Wrap-Up


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Rookie Camp Wrap-Up

The two primary stories coming out of this past weekend are Joe McKnight’s rough start to his NFL career and the non-story on the Santonio Holmes Ipod issue. In terms of McKnight, there is no reason to overreact to three days of practice without equipment on. The guy has tons of natural talent…he will adjust to the NFL and get himself into the proper shape. Don’t forget how Leon Washington started out his career by dropping everything thrown and kicked to him. He was running more Mangini penalty laps than anybody on the team and he turned out fine. Also Shonn Greene struggled in his early practices last year and eventually got it together. It takes some time, it is only May so let’s not go crazy about McKnight’s early problems.

PhotobucketWith Holmes, the story was clearly overblown. The released police report says Holmes complied with the request to turn off his IPod. There isn’t really anything left to say about it, unless you are a Patriots or Dolphins fan looking to talk yourself into some random reasons why the Jets could struggle with Holmes now on their roster.

– The players who stood out were clearly Alabama outside linebacker Cory Reamer, who impressed Ryan with his knowledge of the defense and his hustle/instincts, Donovan Warren who I think has a very good chance to stick on the roster and contribute on defense right away, Brian Jackson a corner from Oklahoma (you know Rex loves those corners), and Kevin Basped and a linebacker from Nevada.

– It sounds like Kyle Wilson made a strong impression in his first few days in a Jets uniform.

– Rex Ryan was on point in his post practice press conferences. I am not sure the guy could any more confident or funny for a NFL Coach. There will be no shortage of soundbites this season.

– It sounds like there is a good chance Mark Brunell will end up on the Jets, even if they wait until July 22nd after the final eight rules stop being in effect. There is no stopping the Jets from making a “gentleman’s agreement” with Brunell and having him end up with a copy of the playbook to study before joining the team. You don’t get the impression the team wants Kellen Clemens to be the backup this season.

– Is there any way the Jets don’t end up with Adalius Thomas at some point this off-season?

– The Jets will next have OTAs on from May 25th to May 27th.

– A quick complaint about ESPN’s recently released NFL Power Rankings, which has the Jets at #8 behind the following teams:

  1. Saints
  2. Colts
  3. Vikings
  4. Chargers
  5. Cowboys
  6. Packers
  7. Ravens

I will give you the Saints, Colts, Vikings, and even maybe..maybe the Cowboys, however no to the Chargers…we beat them in the playoffs last year and had a better off-season than them. Green Bay and Baltimore are also two other teams who didn’t get as far as us in the playoffs and we had a better off-season than both those teams.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Jimi

    Vikings should also be lower until Brett says he’s coming back…

    I read McKnight puked 2 days in a row…was it from bein sick or cuz hes out of shape?

  • ocala jet fan

    i wouldnt put the saints in there either , if you look back at last seasons game there offense didnt score on us at allit was a fumble and pick six by sharper witch they dont have any more , so i look at it like they shouldnt even have one that game

  • bruceharper


    What Jets have personal web sites and Twitter acounts?

    Also-The Darrelle Revis Highlights (HD) you tube video is absolutely unbelievable. My favorite play is Ted Ginn holding his left arm and holding his facemask in the corner of the end zone whie DR intercepts the ball with his right arm. (Penalties declined…)

    One last o0pinion-I think Terrell Owens value as a free agent diminished significantly by the extent DR dominated him. Not that he won’t be picked up, but the bottom line is that he just isn’t that good anymore.

    Another last opinion-I know Brady is great, but with Welkier hurt, nothing about their receiving corps worries me. The tight ends are unproven, and Moss did nothing against us. I am very glad that they did not take Dez Bryant.

    OK-really last last opinion. I am really sick and tire of how overrated the Patriots drafts have been. Now they drafted 23 guys in the last 2 years, literally. So it is mathematically impossible for some of them to not be really good. But when the Ravens were running all over them in an embarrassing playoff loss, no one talked about all of the great y9ung linebackers they passed up in last year’s draft so they could load up on picks. Aren’t you glad they don’t have Brian Cushing, Ray Maualuga and Clay Matthews? They were all there to be taken by the Patriots, and they really missed them late in the year. They were all in the running for defensive rookie of the year. And going into the draft, everyone said the Patriots needed linebackers.

    Maybe we caught up with them

  • Joe Caporoso

    Bruce Harper…you make a very good point about the Patriots drafts, nevermind they could have easily had a guy named Shonn Greene last year to be their running back. TO will eventually sign somewhere…maybe Washington.