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Grass Field, Big Hitting Ahead This Morning

Posted by Randy Lange on August 4, 2009 – 8:40 am

I saw a few strange things on the way to my Cortland Stadium pressbox perch. On the walk over, in the short distance, I saw goalposts moving. From up above, I saw newly lined sod, ready for large men in cleated shoes to jump up and down on.

Dream sequence? No, the Jets’ move to the Cortland grass field is on.

The goalposts were being moved into place. Today’s practice will be held on the field behind the pressbox and the stadium turf field on which the Jets had held their first eight practices over the first four days of training camp.

The feature of this morning’s show will be the first short-yardage/goal-line drills of camp. To borrow a phrase head coach Rex Ryan used from his past to describe Monday’s feisty practice, more “Rock-‘Em-Sock-‘Em Robots.”

S Kerry Rhodes has already tweeted in on the subject this morning, saying:

tyson vs. holyfield = Jets practice yesterday today its gonna be Ali vs. Frazier lets see who wins the short yardage day. O or the D???

For those keeping score on the field and at home, the new number on the field is No. 86, TE Kevin Brock, acquired on waivers from Carolina late Monday. Tribute to Chris Baker? No, that was the number that Brock, the Rutgers product, wore while with the Panthers.

We’ll be back around noon with the morning practice wrapup. Keep track of the practice’s highlights by following us on our Twitter account, http://twitter.com/nyjets. Today Kyle Richardson (whose tweets will be preceded by his initials, KR:) will start out providing the blow by blow.

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11 Responses to “Grass Field, Big Hitting Ahead This Morning”

  1. By uncle joe on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    So I read in the Post’s”Jets Fists are Flyin” that Gholston tried to kick someone in the pile.Randy,EA,Ira,someone can you please find out if this is true.Fighting is cool,but if this guy tried to kick his own teamate(O or D)while the teamate is on the floor, he should be thrown off the team.

  2. By Ira on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    Should be a noisy practice with lots of trash talking coming from Scott. Ref the story about Schotty’s remarks about the QB battle. It will be very interesting to see how they get reps in the preseason games. I would think Kellen gets the start vs the Rams. But after that he would have either pulled away with the lead or Sanchez will be closing the gap. Prediction the D wins today.

  3. By OriginalJetFan on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    My moneys on Shonn Green in the short yardage situation.(Especially with jenkins not there)

  4. By Ira on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    uncle joe,
    ellis threw a punch the other day. Its part of heated competition. Kellen had to pull somebody off of TJ also. Glad to see their juices flowing. The HC will know when to put a stop to it. uncle joe, Randy and EA are the pros and way ahead of me. Thanks for the compliment anyway. GO JETS!!!!

  5. By Shep on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    I would take the D over the O any day, but without Jenk, it might be an even match. That guy is just an absolute monster. Randy, when can we expect him back on the field? We can’t miss him at all this year if we expect to be successful.

  6. By Randy Lange on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    Shep, I have no new information on Kris Jenkins. He is not practicing this morning. Perhaps Rex Ryan will have an update at today’s news conference.

  7. By Shep on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks Randy. Unclejoe, I agree that there is a certain level of competitiveness that is acceptable and then there is just dirty play. If Vernon kicked someone, that’s not cool. On the other hand, I do love it when these guys show that they’re not giving an inch on either side of the ball. I just can’t wait until it’s the Pats on the other side of the ball and Scott welcomes him back!! Crack!

  8. By uncle joe on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    Ira,Ellis threw a punch,that’s how men fight,but A Kick! and if he kicked a Teammate that was on the floor,that’s disgusting! Anyway,love the competition between O & D,it seems like they are all siked up to practice,can only imagine how nutz they’ll be to play another team!Also love Brick talking Pro Bowl,Rex got these guys going crazy,might even get HitMan talking soon!

  9. By uncle joe's WHY COME on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Randy,Why Come Marcus Henry is never mentioned in the WR battle?He seems like the same type of WR Sanchez had in Turner at USC,the guy that Miami took.I thought those two would work well together,anything on Henry in camp so far?

  10. By uncle joe's WHY COME on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    And Randy,Why Come Peter King insisted on speaking about the Eagles during your Jet Interview with him,if you guys didn’t stop him he would still be talking about them! Did he get the Greens confused,Why Come Randy,WHY COME?

  11. By Randy Lange on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    uncle joe, Marcus Henry made a real nice leaping sideline catch during two-minute work a few days ago. He’s in the mix, too, but at the moment there are four WRs with pro experience ahead of him on the DC.

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