Today’s Turn On The Jets 12 Pack will preview the Green and White scrimmage tomorrow in Cortland, New York. We will have Connor Rogers, Max Marcilla and Kevin Bauer on the ground covering the game for our site and YouTube channel, so if you see them…say hi!
1. Calvin Pryor is going to miss tomorrow’s scrimmage due to his concussion, which is obviously a disappointment. However, there is no reason to risk anything this early in camp. It is important for Pryor to get four pre-season games in. Hopefully, he is back for practice on Tuesday and can begin preparation for Thursday night. (GOOD LORD FOOTBALL IS REALLY BACK ON THURSDAY NIGHT!) The absence of Pryor tomorrow creates more of an opportunity for players like Jaiquawn Jarrett, Rontez Miles, and Josh Bush. However, it is frustrating to have Pryor missing practice time, especially after we saw how that impacted Dee Milliner last season.
2. Today was reportedly a huge day of practice for Stephen Hill, who beat Dee Milliner for both a 60 yard touchdown and a 10 yard touchdown. We have seen this movie with Hill before in the summer. We will know progress has been made when he starts attacking the football at its highest point on Sundays. Hill remains a divisive player among Jets fans. However, as our writer Mike Donnelly pointed out on Twitter today, there is a middle ground between him being cut and becoming the next Calvin Johnson. Personally, I think Hill is going to make the team but still believe his ceiling as a NFL player is a 35-45 catch per season guy, who occasionally provides big plays.
3. Bilal Powell, Dexter McDougle, Eric Decker and Shaq Evans all have minor injuries and were limited in practice today but most, if not all, are expected to suit up tomorrow for the scrimmage.
4. Two main things I’ll be watching for tomorrow: NO TURNOVERS FROM GENO…nothing is more important than that. Second, is the rotation at offensive guard with the first team offensive line. It sounds like Willie Colon, Brian Winters and Oday Aboushi are all playing about equal reps so far. Will two of them start to separate from the pack and settle into near 100% of the first team reps?
5. Players who have had quiet camps and could use a big night: Jermaine Cunningham, IK Enemkpali, Brandon Dixon, Chad Young, Tommy Bohanon, Chris Pantale, Ras I-Dowling, Ben Ijalana, Will Campbell.
6. It hasn’t been a smooth start to camp for either Matt Simms or Tahj Boyd. Can either show something tomorrow? Many people are starting to think the Jets will just carry two quarterbacks and stash one on the practice squad to start the season.
7. Daryl Richardson has gotten off to a strong start and is making a case for the team to keep four halfbacks. Considering his spot on the depth chart, the days off Chris Johnson has received, Bilal Powell’s hamstring issues and Chris Ivory’s durability issues, he should receive PLENTY of work this pre-season, starting with tomorrow night.
8. Rex Ryan cited UDFA defensive end Kerry Hyder as somebody making an impression so far in camp. Remember at this time last year Leger Douzable started making noise on the defensive line, ended up on the roster and with a regular spot in the rotation. Could Hyder sneak on the roster as the sixth defensive lineman? (If you count Jason Babin as an outside linebacker).
9. Speaking of Babin – He should receive plenty of work tomorrow with Antwan Barnes still out. It will be interesting to see where and how Rex Ryan uses him.
10. We will get an extended look at how Marty Mornhinweg is going to use Eric Decker, Jace Amaro and Chris Johnson, three players who should immediately improve the explosiveness of the team’s offense. Look for Decker to be moved frequently between the X, Z and slot receiver position, while Amaro will probably do most of his work in the slot. As for CJ…get ready for the screens.
11. One more time: No turnovers. No injuries and tomorrow night is basically successful.
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