A report on Sunday’s New York Jets training camp practice from Alex Kaczynski…
QB – Fitzpatrick was accurate, consistent, and looked in better thane expected shape. Multiple times he was able to climb the pocket and rifle the ball down field. The biggest shock of the day was when he connected with Eric Decker for a 60-yard TD. I saw him thread the needle on multiple occasions to Kenbrell Thompkins and Jace Amaro for big gains as well. If I were to give him an overall grade for the day, a solid A- would be appropriate with the one interception to Buster Skrine on a poor read intended for Decker.
As for the other QB’s Geno Smith looked pretty good as well. He still has a lot of velocity behind his throws. He overthrew a few balls on the outside but was on target for the crossing routes. Christian Hackenberg looked good and had a big touchdown play down the right sideline to Kyle Williams. He needs work in the footwork and accuracy department but still has plenty of time to improve. Bryce Petty did not look good at all. It looked like he was forcing many of his passes and overthrowing receivers. The Jets are said to be taking 4 QB’s into the season, but if Hack is able to separate himself from Petty that may change.
WR – The 10 pounds lighter Brandon Marshall looked good physically. Decker was involved on multiple throws over 25 yards, I counted at least four with Fitz. During the post practice interview, he touched on how the team may be looking to use the deep ball more effectively and more often which could be a possibility with more attention to Matt Forte coming out of the backfield.
Thompkins is absolutely dominating training camp and continued that on Sunday. He was involved in almost every series and was showing explosiveness, good route running and speed. He had one drop from Fitz but nothing major. If he were to continue this into the season, the Jets could be scary good throwing the ball. Undrafted rookie Jalin Marshall is out to make a name for himself with a solid training camp so far. He is consistently making plays with the first team offense
RB – Not much here, it is pretty hard to gauge them in training camp, Forte was not active in drills, but was dressed with no pads. At the end of practice, he was seen at the ball machine catching passes. During the post practice interview he was not too concerned with the hamstring injury. He said he knows its only the first week and there is no need to rush anything and re-injuring himself. Bilal Powell somehow looking faster. He gashed the defense on a 50+ yard touchdown run.
It looks like Bowles and Mac did exactly what they wanted to do in making the defense faster. You can tell that the young guys still have a lot to learn with the new system, but overall they were productive. Watching Skrine go one-on-one with Marshall did give me a bode of confidence that he can play opposite Revis if he is on the outside First round pick Darron Lee came in to the second half of team drills and I was blown away at how fast he actually was.
First play he came in, he had a would-have-been sack getting into the backfield with Geno at QB. Darrelle Revis was involved in team drills for the first time this training camp and looked like he was moving well. He said in his interview that he is more involved in mentoring the younger players and is enjoying that role.
Jordan Jenkins should be a nice addition of speed for this defense. Former first round pick Dee Milliner got beat a few times, but was solid for the first few days in camp. He is defiantly out to prove he is not a bust because this may be his last chance to do so.
Overall, I was actually impressed with how good the entire team looked as a whole. For only four days into camp, I was not expecting what I saw at all. Special teams looked like it was shaping up nicely. Jeremy Ross looked smooth back returning kicks and punts. He looks confident and has some explosion from the get go. Rookie Lachlan Edwards was impressive punting, which has been such a problem for the Jets in recent history and any sort of consistency would go a long way for the battle of field position.
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