Grading Out Jets/Vikings

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1. Darrelle Revis admitted after the game what everybody could plainly see, he still isn’t 100 percent back from his hamstring injury and it now sounds like he might not play against the Broncos. It was foolish for Revis to attempt a comeback, unless he was truly 100 percent. You get the feeling this is going to be a nagging injury all year and we won’t be seeing any of the 2009 version of Revis this year.

2. The stats section is now updated.

Grading Out Jets/Vikings

Quarterback (B-) The stats (21/44, 191 yards) don’t show a very productive game for Mark Sanchez. However, there were at least 4 dropped passes by his receivers and he was dealing with poor weather conditions. Most importantly, Sanchez has now gone five full games without a single turnover.

Running Back (A) Another strong night for LaDainian Tomlinson with 94 yards on 20 carries, along with 5 receptions. I am a little concerned with him getting worn down, 25 touches is a bit too much. Shonn Greene only had 10 carries, which isn’t enough. He got rolling in the second half and finally popped through for a touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.

Wide Receiver (C) Too many drops from this unit, particularly Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes. Edwards did have another productive night with 70 yards on 5 receptions, but it could have much more. Jerricho Cotchery had a good night with 5 catches for 46 yards.

Tight End (C) Dustin Keller was due for a quiet night (2 receptions, 14 yards).

Offensive Line (A) They did a terrific job run blocking against a physical Minnesota front seven. The pass protection was very good for most of the night. They are getting better with the penalties and starting to more closely resemble the unit they were in 2009.

Defensive Line (A-) They did a solid job against Adrian Peterson, holding him to under 100 yards. Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito both had 5 tackles and were active all night. Shaun Ellis added a half sack and didn’t appear limited by his leg injury last week.

Linebackers (A) Very active night for David Harris with 9 tackles, including a few big shots on Adrian Peterson. Calvin Pace made his presence felt with 1.5 sacks. Jason Taylor had another sack. A quiet night for Bryan Thomas. Bart Scott had a fumble recovery.

Secondary (B) There still seems to be miscommunication at times and Darrelle Revis is far from being his old self, however Antonio Cromartie played a great game despite allowing the one touchdown to Randy Moss, Drew Coleman is playing the best football of his life, and even Dwight Lowery made a huge play in a big spot.

Special Teams (A+) Nick Folk is playing like the All-Pro he used to be, by going 5/5 including a 53 yarder. Steve Weatherford also continued his strong 2010 campaign, continually pinning the Vikings deep and having great hang time on his kicks. Brad Smith ripped off a huge kick return that set up a field goal.

Coaching (C) I am downgrading them all the way to a C for the horrific time management in the final few minutes. The Jets gave the Vikings an extra minute to drive down for the go ahead field goal. There was no reason to throw ball on that second down before the two minute warning. Yes, Sanchez did a bad job not running the play clock all the way down but a pass never should have been called.

Highlights From The Win

Initial Reaction: I Always Loved Dwight Lowery, Jets Move To 4-1

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What was that everybody was saying about the difficult start to the Jets schedule?

It was ugly at times, the weather was an issue…again, as God continues to strike the Jets with lightning whenever they host a primetime game. However, the Jets proved they were one of the elite teams in the NFL by beating a very good Minnesota Vikings team, despite playing far from their best game.

They were plagued by dropped passes on offense, questionable play calling and horrific time management at the end of the game but still ran the ball well and hit a few big plays when needed. Mark Sanchez didn’t turn the ball over. LaDainian Tomlinson continues to look great and Shonn Greene finally broke off a big touchdown run.

On defense, Darrelle Revis is clearly far from 100 percent. Antonio Cromartie played a terrific game against Randy Moss. I know he got him once but that was a perfect throw from Favre and beyond that Cromartie kept him in check despite being on an island with him on multiple deep balls. Drew Coleman played well. The run defense was good, not great…and yes TOJ favorite Dwight Lowery stepped up to make the game clinching interception.

It would have been gut wrenching to watch the Jets choke away a game they were firmly in control of on a last minute game winning drive by Brett Favre. It couldn’t have been written any better to win the game by taking one of his trademark interceptions back to the house.

The Jets just may be the best team in football right now but they will have a difficult challenge this week on the road in Denver.

Grading Out Jets/Bills Round 1

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1. The Jets resigned defensive lineman Howard Green today, along with releasing wide receivers David Clowney and Patrick Turner to make room for Santonio Holmes on the active roster. Welcome back, #10. Good luck to Clowney moving forward.

2. It sounds like Darrelle Revis and Calvin Pace are on track to come back for this Monday’s game. Obviously, their progress throughout the week will be closely monitored, but I’d be shocked not to see Pace out there and Revis out there, even if it is with limited reps.

3. A reminder to recruit 5 new Facebook fans for Turn On The Jets and e-mail me their names at JCaporoso@fanball.com to become eligible to win a OCNN shirt, a Jets hat, or a Joe Namath Book/DVD.

4. The “Stats” section has been updated, and we will have an article coming later tonight with some overall observations on the first quarter of the season, along with statistical projections.

5. Who is rooting for a scoreless tie tonight?

Grading Out Jets/Bills Round 1

Quarterback (A) – An efficient performance from Mark Sanchez, who took what the defense gave him, threw the ball well off of play action and hit the big play when it was available. Considering the way Sanchez played at times last year, it is pretty amazing that he has zero turnovers through four games. The bottom line is that he has been one of the most improved players in the NFL through the first quarter of the season.

Running Backs (A+) – LaDainian Tomlinsonwas the best player on the field yesterday. He looked fast and displayed his trademark shiftiness that is going to make him a first ballot hall of famer. Tomlinson averaged 7 yards a carry en route to 133 yards, also adding 3 receptions for 22 yards. Shonn Greene had his first big game of 2010, with 117 yards on 22 carries. If the Jets can get this type of 1-2 punch going consistently, they are going to be one hell of a tough team to beat.

Wide Receivers (A) – Braylon Edwards put together a very good game, with 86 yards and a touchdown. He has been the big play threat the Jets needed during the Santonio Holmes suspension. Jerricho Cotchery has been quiet all season, yet I wonder if a full time move into the slot with Santonio Holmes back will bump up his production. Brad Smith is just a terrific all-around football player.

Tight Ends (A) – Dustin Keller is playing better than any tight end in the NFL right now, not named Antonio Gates. Ben Hartsock and Matt Mulligan continue to be reliable blockers.

Offensive Line (A+) – They physically dominated the Bills all game long, running the ball down their throat and keeping Mark Sanchez on his feet. Also, they finally avoided the killer penalties that had plagued them the first 3 weeks.

Defensive Line (A) – Shaun Ellis sprained his knee but there is a chance he could be back for this Monday night. Let’s hope, the Jets are already thin enough on the defensive line. Trevor Pryce was quiet in his debut.

Linebackers (A) – David Harris led the way with 6 tackles and a nice shot on Ryan Fitzpatrick that nearly forced a fumble. Bryan Thomas had a forced fumble, recovered by Jason Taylor. This unit should receive a big boost from the return of Calvin Pace this week.

Secondary (A) – Antonio Cromartie completely took Lee Evans out of the game. Drew Coleman held his own at the other starting spot. Dwight Lowery and James Ihedigbo both had sacks. Kyle Wilson? He still doesn’t understand the concept of turning around when the ball is in the air.

Special Teams (B) – Nick Folk finally missed an easy one…let’s hope he got it out of his system. Steve Weatherford continues to play well. Jim Leonhard looks much better than Wilson on punt returns.

Coaching (A) – Great job by Rex Ryan having his team ready to go and avoid the trap game. Brian Schottenheimer’s game-plan was solid and kept the Bills off balance.

Jets/Bills Highlights

Grading Out Jets/Dolphins Round 1

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Quarterback (A) – Who is this guy throwing for three touchdowns every week and never turning the ball over? Mark Sanchez has now put together two straight performances, where it certainly looks like he gets “it.” He is attacking all levels of the field and fully taking advantage of all the weapons around him. This offense has the potential to be one of the better units in the league if Sanchez keeps playing like this. Don’t forget he is getting that Santonio guy back in week five.

Running Back (B+) – LaDainian Tomlinson just keeps getting the job done, with another 70 yards on 15 carries along with 3 more receptions. He is hitting the second gear and looks great on the Jets outside runs. Shonn Greene doesn’t appear to be running with any confidence right now. The Jets are going to need him to get going sooner rather than later.

Wide Receiver (A) – Braylon Edwards only had two catches but they were both game changing plays. Brad Smith continues to be extremely valuable, finishing with 52 total yards on offense. Jerricho Cotchery had a quiet night and even David Clowney pulled in a reception.

Tight End (A) – Dustin Keller and Mark Sanchez are very much on the same page and that is a scary thing  for any opposing defense. He is developing into the Jets most consistent big play threat and is playing at a Pro-Bowl level.

Offensive Line (C) – The penalties continue to plague this unit. However, there were a few questionable calls. Matt Slauson is still struggling at times, yet the Jets didn’t allow any sacks last night and I am pretty sure Mark Sanchez only got hit once.

Defensive Line (B) – The run defense continues to be very, very good. The pass rush remains a little inconsistent. Shaun Ellis grabbed his second sack of the season. Sione Pouha, Mike DeVito, and Vernon Gholston had quiet nights.

Linebackers (B) – David Harris lit up Ronnie Brown on a screen pass and led the team tackles. There were some struggles in pass coverage, but Jason Taylor did get another sack. It was a quiet night for Bart Scott and Bryan Thomas. Calvin Pace should be back next week.

Secondary (D) – Kyle Wilson…turn around, man. It feels like there has been about 15 plays this season where he is in perfect position but can’t make a play on the ball in the air. Antonio Cromartie had a few nice plays but for the most part was beat up by Brandon Marshall. How about Drew Coleman making a big play on the game’s final two plays? Kudos to Brodney Pool for breaking up the pass on fourth down to seal the game.

Special Teams (A) – Nick Folk remains reliable. Eric Smith remains a special teams beast. Brad Smith had a very strong night on kick returns.

Coaching (A) – What distraction? Darrelle who? The Jets found a way to win, despite being short handed and dealing with the Braylon Edwards arrest. Brian Schottenheimer called his second strong game in a row.

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: Game Breakdown

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First a few updates:

1. Nick Mangold didn’t practice for the second day in a row but is still expected to start Sunday night.

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: Game Breakdown

Offense: Let’s go with the assumption that Braylon Edwards is going to play the overwhelming majority of the snaps on Sunday night. The Jets are going to have match-ups to exploit in the Dolphins secondary. Mark Sanchez had two of his better games last season against Miami, including a 265 yard performance. There is no reason to bring the reigns back in on the offense. Let Sanchez attack down the field to Dustin Keller, Jerricho Cotchery, and yes Braylon Edwards. Miami’s defensive backs have played well so far this season but they are far from proven and can be beat down the field.

PhotobucketThe Jets have done a good job with the amount of touches they are giving LaDainian Tomlinson. 15 is the perfect number for him. I’d like to see Shonn Greene get 17-18 carries instead of 15, but if Tomlinson keeps playing so well that might not happen. I am not sure how banged up Brad Smith is but if David Clowney gets the same amount of reps he did last year, maybe he will get a shot down the field. Don’t forget in their Monday night match-up last year, The Clown pulled in 4 receptions for 72 yards.

Beyond that, I think you may see the Jets get a little more creative than usual against Miami. Maybe it is time to have Brad Smith throw a pass or let LaDainian Tomlinson throw one.

Defense: The Dolphins have scored two touchdowns through two games. Chad Henne hasn’t really been pushing the ball down the field and Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown have both lost fumbles so far this season. Williams seems to be struggling a little bit, while Brown has racked up impressive yardage totals.

Obviously, the two key players the Jets need to stop are Brown and Brandon Marshall. Antonio Cromartie will draw the assignment of Marshall and have another chance to show the Jets could survive without Darrelle Revis. Cromartie has the size to compete with Marshall, but he has given up some big days to him in the past. After dealing with the receivers he has the past two weeks, Kyle Wilson should be more than ready for Brian Hartline and Davone Bess. Drew Coleman and Dwight Lowery did good with extended playing last week, let’s hope they don’t lapse into old habits on Sunday night.

Jason Taylor will be charged up to face his old team and the Jets need him to lead their pass rush, unless Bryan Thomas is going to play the way he did against Baltimore every week. How about Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito are #2 and #3, respectively in leading the NFL in tackles for defensive lineman? It is very difficult to run the ball on this Jets defense, which means it will be up to Chad Henne to beat the Jets.

Special Teams: Nick Folk and Steve Weatherford have been beasts through the first two weeks and they need to keep it up in week three. This will be a close, low-scoring game where field position is crucial and missed field goals can’t be afforded. Fortunately, the Jets don’t have to worry about kicking to Ted Ginn Jr. this year.

It is that time of the year

Jets vs. Redskins: What We Need To See

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First a few updates:

1. There is a ton of buzz about the Jets depth chart, which was displayed on Hard Knocks last night. What we saw is still subject to change, especially after the upcoming two pre-season games. However, a few comments :

  • It is a joke if Kellen Clemens gets cut to keep Kevin O’Connell on the roster. It is bad enough that Mark Brunell is being handed the backup job, when he doesn’t deserve it over Clemens but to keep O’Connell on the roster over Clemens is insane. O’Connell has been awful this pre-season, while Clemens has been the Jets best second quarterback.
  • It is a wise decision by the Jets to keep Tony Richardson on the roster. He is a valuable veteran to have in the offensive huddle, especially with Thomas Jones and Alan Faneca no longer around.
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets changed their mind about keeping four tight ends. It makes more sense to put a guy like Jeff Cumberland on the practice squad and keep a Danny Woodhead, Chauncey Washington, David Clowney, or Lance Laury on the active roster.
  • The Jets may have to look at roster cuts from another team to fill that sixth defensive lineman spot.

Jets vs. Redskins: What We Need To See

The third pre-season game provides the most extended look at a team’s starters, while the fourth pre-season game is for sorting out the final roster spots. Unfortunately, the Jets defense won’t really be tested tomorrow considering Donovan McNabb won’t be playing, and the geriatric collection of running backs and receivers the Redskins have. However, Washington usually runs out a solid defense, which will provide a good test for a Jets offense that needs a bounce-back performance after an ugly showing in Carolina.

PhotobucketMark Sanchez needs to demonstrate the accuracy he displayed against the Giants in the pre-season opener, while continuing to spread the ball around. It appears that Brad Smith is going to primarily be the number three receiver until Santonio Holmes returns from suspension, unless Laveranues Coles can have a head turning performance tomorrow night. Sanchez and Dustin Keller have displayed good chemistry all summer and he looks in sync with Jerricho Cotchery, like he was last season. However, Sanchez hasn’t connected with Santonio Holmes yet in a pre-seaosn game. I want to see them connect a few times in August, considering they won’t be playing together again until October 11th. Finally, the Jets haven’t hit on a deep ball. How about a downfield completion to Braylon Edwards from Sanchez, and a bomb from Mark Brunell to David Clowney?

Speaking of Brunell and Clowney, they are two players who need a strong performance tomorrow night. Clowney is on the verge of being cut and of course losing his “Mr. August” title. Brunell has done nothing to inspire confidence as being the number two quarterback. Hopefully he can actually string together a few completions and move the Jets offense a little bit.

I am interested to see the division of reps between Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson. Greene has been solid this August, but I’d like to see him get 9 – 11 carries and get rolling a little bit. LT will be looking to continue to build on a strong August. Danny Woodhead and Chauncey Washington will be battling for a roster spot in the fourth quarter, while Joe McKnight continues his quest to stop every Jets fan from disliking him and wanting Leon Washington back.

I don’t buy the left guard competition anymore. Let’s just see Matt Slauson go three quarters without a holding penalty or allowing a snack.

On defense, I would like to see Kyle Wilson be tested a little bit. Yet, I don’t think Rex Grossman and Joey Galloway are up to the challenge. We can only hope that Dwight Lowery and Drew Coleman build on what they did last week and aren’t beat like a drum by the Redskins reserves. Also, how about a Jason Taylor sighting? I am not sure I have heard a single word about our former enemy this August making any kind of impact on defense. Yes, Taylor is a veteran and pacing himself but at least a quarterback pressure would be nice.

Beyond that, Vernon Gholston needs to keep up his surprisingly high level of play. Kris Jenkins needs to stay healthy and I’d like to see Brodney Pool flash a little more out there.

Nick Folk…just keep pretending it is 2007.

New TOJ TV

Monday Afternoon Jets Recap

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Rex Ryan press conference

  • Happy with the progress of Brodney Pool at safety and thinks he is fitting in well with the first defense.
  • Downplayed the comments by Tom Brady about hating the Jets “He knows we hate the Pariots, so what is the difference.
  • Confirmed that Mark Brunell remains the number two quarterback.
  • Confirmed they are close on the Mangold contract and talked up his importance to the team.
  • Don’t expect the Jets to sign Adalius Thomas.
  • The Ropati Pitoitua injury is a big loss…”his arrow was pointing up. I thought he would have a big year for us.”

Tim Cowlishaw ESPN Interview

  • Basically to sum it up, he remains confident in his source and still believes the deal will happen on Wednesday. He wasn’t looking for the information but when he came across it, he confirmed it with his source, who “has always been correct.” Cowlishaw heavily implied that the information came from somebody on the Revis’ side of the negotiations.  On a scale of 0 – 10, Cowlishaw put his confidence in his source at 8.5 to a 9. “This person is not going to lie or likely to be misled.” However, he seemed to protect himself slightly by saying he knows a new deal is coming, but there is small chance it could happen on a different day than Wednesday.

Jets Practice

  • Mark Sanchez – 9/10 with a TD to Braylon Edwards in 11 on 11 drills. Bryan Thomas dropped an easy interception. Edwards beat Kyle Wilson for the touchdown.
  • Nick Folk was 6/6 on field goals, with a long of 34 yards.
  • Drew Coleman signed a new 1 year deal, which locked up his spot on the 53 man roster.
  • David Harris and his representatives have accepted the Jets can’t work out a new deal for him until next off-season because of the current CBA constraints.
  • Donovan Warren is still out of practice. Brashton Satele returned to the field.


Back To Camp: Jets Thursday Recap & Venting On Secondary

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First a few updates:

1. Listen to Turn On The Jets live tonight at 8PM on Football Reporters Online Presents: Pro Football NYC at this link (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/football-reporters/2010/08/19/football-reporters-online-presents-pro-football-nyc

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3. The Jets have special teams practice at 4:15 today, an 8:20 AM practice tomorrow and then off on Friday in preparation of their pre-season game in Carolina Saturday Night at 8 PM. After how much the starters played on Monday night, don’t expect to see any first unit players get any reps outside of the first quarter.

4. Of course, Hard Knocks 10 PM tonight.

Thursday Practice Recap

The Good – Plenty of work for the second team today, with a few starters getting the day off and many getting limited reps. James Ihedigbo and Vernon Gholston both recorded sacks of Mark Brunell. Steve Weatherford got a shot to kick field goals today and hit all three (33, 38, 43 yards).

The Bad – There was another fight at practice today, this time between Matt Slauson and Matt Kroul. Rob Turner and Shaun Ellis were also exchanging some heated words…I think the players may be itching to leave Cortland full time. Marquice Cole was called for pass interference, extending the offenses’ two minute drive.

Play of the Day – Laveranues Coles had a one-handed grab of a Mark Brunell pass during the two minute drill.

Sanchez Stats – 6/11, No INTs, No TDs

Injury – Nick Mangold was back on the practice field today after missing the pre-season game against the Giants with a headache.  John Conner (knee) and Jason Davis (ankle) both had limited reps at fullback. Donovan Warren has a head injury. Lance Laury got stitches on his lower lip after the Giants game. Bart Scott, Matthew Mulligan Mike DeVito and Brandon Moore were given the day off.

Depth Chart – With Brandon Moore out today, Vladimir Ducasse worked at left guard while Matt Slauson worked at right guard. Kenwin Cummings filled in for Bart Scott at inside linebacker. Mark Brunell was back to working with the second offense.

Rex Ryan Press Conference Highlights –

  • Disappointed with practice, thought it was sluggish. Too many false starts penalties.
  • No movement in left guard battle, thought both played well.
  • Said Joe McKnight needs to learn sometimes to just “get three yards and give us what you got in between the tackles.”
  • Praised Danny Woodhead’s courage and toughness.
  • Praised Kyle Wilson’s ability to learn defense and how coachable he is.
  • Would like to see more of Brashton Satele and Josh Mauga at linebacker.
  • He has been impressed with Jason Taylor’s ability to stop the run.
  • Said he believed Tony Dungy “unfairly judged him” and left him a message to call him and come visit camp.

Revis Update – Nada…and Dwight Lowery, Drew Coleman, and Marquice Cole are all still battling for the “David Barrett Award” given to the Jets corner who is beat at least 95% of the time the ball is thrown their way.

Venting On Secondary

I have been trying not to think about the Darrelle Revis holdout too frequently. Honestly, once the Jets got rolling with practice, unless it was explicitly brought up (like in Hard Knocks), it was easy to just focus on the players on the field. However, we were all served a cruel reminder on Monday night about the Jets corners, not named Cromartie and Wilson.

In case you forgot about Dwight Lowery getting beat like a drum up and down the field in the AFC Championship Game, he reminded you of his coverage abilities. In case you forgot about Drew Coleman miss timing his jump in the AFC Championship Game on a Peyton Manning deep ball before the half that should have been intercepted and his general awfulness that traces back to missing tackles that lead to 60 yard touchdowns in 2006 against the Bears, he reminded you. In case you forgot who Marquice Cole was, he reminded you that he shouldn’t be a name worth remembering on the Jets defensive depth chart.

Bottom line is the Jets can’t have players like that on the field in their nickel package against teams like the Patriots, Packers, Vikings, and if it comes to it, the Colts. The Jets spent the off-season building themselves to beat a team like the Colts, by improving their pass rush with Jason Taylor and more importantly improving the depth in their secondary by trading for Cromartie and drafting Wilson. Unfortunately, their depth is back to where it started when the league’s best corner isn’t in the lineup. I don’t know about you but I am not interested in seeing a repeat of last year’s AFC Championship Game in 2010. Darrelle Revis just intercepted some leverage from the Jets and he will likely get more if the Panthers carve up the Jets reserves on Saturday.

Guessing That Drew Coleman Won’t Be Featured In A Commercial Anytime Soon

Grading Out Jets/Giants Pre-Season Game

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Quarterbacks (B+) – Outside of his interception, Mark Sanchez was accurate (13/17, 119 yards) and spread the ball around to all his weapons. It was also encouraging to see his knee hold up when he was sacked in the second quarter. How about Kellen Clemens? The quarterback we love to hate put up a solid 7/10 performance and looked like the Jets second best option behind Sanchez. Mark Brunell only threw three passes and Kevin O’Connell loodke like he is trying to play his way off the roster.

Running Backs (B+) – Shonn Greene picked up right where he left off last season, gashing defenses up the middle for 5 yards a pop. LaDainian Tomlinson showed his value catching passes out of the backfield and had good burst on a touchdown that was called back. Joe McKnight has a long way to go. It didn’t seem like anybody distinguished themselves in the battle at fullback. I don’t know if Danny Woodhead is technically a receiver or running back but he looked good and outplayed McKnight.

Wide Receivers (A) – Great balance and production from this group, who avoided any costly drops or mistakes. Jerricho Cotchery had his 3 receptions for 32 yards, with the first of many key third down conversions. Braylon Edwards added 3 receptions for 35 yards. Santonio Holmes looked crisp with the second unit, pulling in 4 receptions for 55 yards. Brad Smith caught a touchdown. Aundrae Allison finished with 40 receiving yards and Larry Taylor had a pair of receptions. M.I.A. – David Clowney and Laveranues Coles.

Tight Ends (B) – Dustin Keller had a pair of nice catches and was targeted frequently by Sanchez. How about Matthew Mulligan with a nice sliding grab of a Brunell pass?

Offensive Line (C+) Minus Nick Mangold, the unit had a holding penalty that brought back a touchdown (Rob Turner) and Damien Woody was beat for a sack. However, the run blocking was solid and the pass protection was good beyond the one sack.

Defensive Line (B) – Quiet night for the guys up front. No recorded stats from Vernon Gholston. Ropati Pitoitua finished with 3 tackles.

PhotobucketLinebackers (B) – Calvin Pace demolished Eli Manning on his bobbled exchange but Bart Scott has to find a way to pick up that football. Kenwin Cummings led the team in tackles with 5. A quiet night from Jason Taylor and Jamaal Westerman.

Secondary (C) – Antonio Cromartie played well but dropped a pair of interceptions. Dwight Lowery, Drew Coleman, or Marquice Cole can’t be trusted as the team’s nickel back, which is a scary thought considering how much nickel the Jets play. James Ihedigbo was active and Brodney Pool did a nice job chasing down Ahmad Bradshaw on his long reception.

Special Teams (A-) – The only glitch was Nick Folk’s missed field goal in the second half. However, he hit his other three attempts. Eric Smith blocked a punt and Larry Taylor looked promising on returns.

Highlights

Jets Practice #4 Recap & Thoughts On Offensive Depth Chart

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Practice #4 Recap

The Good – LaDainian Tomlinson beating David Harris on a slant route and taking it all the way to the end-zone. Mark Sanchez drawing Kris Jenkins off-sides. Joe McKnight holding his own against Bart Scott in pass protection drills. John Conner getting another big hit in, this time on Calvin Pace. Braylon Edwards beating Dwight Lowery for a 20 yard touchdown in 7 on 7 drills. Sanchez squeezing one down the seam to Jerricho Cotchery for a touchdown. Kyle Wilson getting his first interception of camp, when he picked off a Mark Brunell pass headed towards David Clowney. Aundrae Allison catching a long touchdown from Kevin O’Connell. Antonio Cromartie pulling in two more interceptions from Sanchez.

The Bad – Dwight Lowery getting beat for a touchdown, where is our Island? Joe McKnight had yet another drop today. Mark Sanchez was picked off  twice by Antonio Cromartie in 11 on 11s. Kellen Clemens was picked off by Drew Coleman. Mark Brunell was picked off by Kyle Wilson. Sanchez botched a pitch to LaDainian Tomlinson. Nick Folk missing a 35 yard and 40 yard field goal.

Play of the Day – Braylon Edwards out jumped Antonio Cromartie for a one-handed reception that set up the game winning field goal in the two minute drill.

PhotobucketPlayer Who Helped Himself – John Conner is catching everybody’s attention at least once every practice. He might end up with a bigger role on the offense than Joe McKnight and his pan hands.  Antonio Cromartie has interceptions two consecutive days and from all accounts has put together a very good few days to start camp.

Player Who Hurt Himself – Mark Sanchez hasn’t gotten off to the best start this summer. His completion numbers have been a little disappointing and he has thrown a few interceptions over the past couple of practices.

Sanchez Stats – 8/17, 2 INTs in 11 on 11s (both INTs by Cromartie)…thanks to Manish Mehta for the numbers.

Folk Stats – 6/8 (1 miss from 35 yards and 1 miss from 40 yards)

Roster Moves – Kris Jenkins was taken off the Active/PUP list and was back to practice. Don’t expect to see Erik Ainge anytime soon, since it was reported that he has been checked into a drug treatment/rehab facility. Ainge was suspended four games in 2008 for substance abuse. Kellen Clemens is back to practicing 100 percent. Santonio Holmes has to pass his conditioning test this morning and then is expected on the field this afternoon.

Injury – Shaun Ellis sat out of practice today because the coaches advised him to take a day off.

Depth Chart – John Conner saw some reps with the first team offense at fullback. Matt Slauson was back to working as the starting left guard. Ropati Pitoitua and Vernon Gholston both received first team reps at defensive end, as did Jason Taylor.

Rex Ryan Press Conference Highlights –

  • Called today the “Cromartie and Braylon Edwards” show.
  • Santonio Holmes will have to pass his conditioning test after his suspension and will be a full go in this afternoon’s practice.
  • Praised punter Steve Weatherford’s work this off-season, including his holding.
  • Said he hasn’t noticed the Hard Knocks cameras in meetings and that they have been discreet.
  • He praised Antonio Cromartie’s desire to learn how to do things “the Jets way.”
  • Jim Leonhard is the top “hands” option as a punt returner, meaning if there is any poor weather conditions he would be placed back there. However, he said the coaching staff wants Kyle Wilson to win the full time job.

Revis Update – In an interview yesterday, Peter King of SI said he believed Revis had more leverage than the Jets and that a deal wouldn’t be finalized until around Labor Day.

Thoughts On Offensive Depth Chart

It sounds like Matt Slauson has a much better chance at winning the starting left guard job  than most people (including myself) originally gave him. He has been rotating every practice with Vladimir Ducasse and got the nod in the Jets first practice. Rich Cimini of ESPN New York gave him a slight edge when asked about the battle. If Slauson does happen to win the job, it will be interesting to see if the Jets spend the season grooming Ducasse to replace Damien Woody at right tackle in 2011. Ducasse could also be given a role in some of the Jets short yardage packages, similar to Robert Turner and Wayne Hunter.

Photobucket Tomlinson is off to a strong start in camp and has been receiving a good amount of reps with the first team offense. I still don’t buy him competing with Shonn Greene for the starting job but he will get plenty of work in the pre-season to show the Jets he still has the necessary burst. Tomlinson is probably looking at 9-13 touches a game until Joe McKnight gets his act together and can become a bigger part of the offense. Also in the backfield, it sounds like John Conner is having one of the most impressive overall camps so far. He may actually carve out a little role for himself in the offense this year in certain situations or if he keeps playing so well, is it possible the Jets could release Tony Richardson at some point this summer? Going back to McKnight, if he keeps struggling it only increases the chances of Danny Woodhead sticking on the roster.

Santonio Holmes returns to the practice field this afternoon. I am anxious to hear about where Brian Schottenheimer is lining him up and if the Jets are trotting out any four and five receiver sets. There hasn’t been much talk about the Jets using their “Tiger” formation yet, however they could just be waiting until the more basic offensive installation is done.

Jets are back on the practice field at 4:20.