Nick Gallo will provide some of the sights and sounds of practice every day through the end of the season at which there is media availability. From today’s 30-minute media window.
■ As the week has progressed, the mood among the players has changed only a little, but there was a noticeable pep in the Green& White’s step at today’s practice in the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center fieldhouse. During stretches, safety Brodney Pool was laughing with secondary coach Dennis Thurman, and cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Drew Coleman were also exchanging some chuckles.
■ When the whistle blew to start the individual drills, many of the Jets burst into sprints to get to their position coaches, even including 16th-year FB Tony Richardson. During those drills, Pool and close friend and fellow S Eric Smith guarded each other tightly as Thurman threw passes down the sideline. The running backs were practicing a foot quickness drill and catching passes out of the backfield.
■ On the other side of the field, the defensive linemen were having some fun. Trevor Pryce and Shaun Ellis, the elder statesmen, were throwing over-the-shoulder passes to other D-linemen, and head coach Rex Ryan even got in on the action for a rep or two. Close by, Revis was practicing his left-handed passing as he tossed balls back to Thurman. Needless to say, Steve Young would not have been proud of the throwing form and it brought laughs from his teammates in the secondary.
■ The energetic, fun mood was pervasive as QB Mark Sanchez was seen chasing RB Shonn Greene playfully after the latter received a pass from RBs coach Anthony Lynn. Soon, however, the intensity picked up. OL coach Bill Callahan worked with his beasts in the trenches and QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh was directing Sanchez on his footwork and moving his body efficiently and quickly in the pocket.
■ While the offense began to work on its game plan, the defense continued to work on fundamentals. Thurman threw passes down the sideline to his cornerbacks and safeties so that they had to tap their toes down before going out of bounds. The inside linebackers were working with coach Bob Sutton as they simulated different route combinations and how they wanted to cover them.
■ The offense then began to use a scout team to simulate different Pittsburgh Steelers players and defensive alignments while they implemented a variety of playcalls. Some of the D-linemen and OLBs continued to separately work on getting a jump off the snap of the ball and shedding blockers while the DBs were also working on a host of coverages.
Partial Practice Playlist
■ “Green and White” by TwonDon (remake of “Black and Yellow” by Pittsburgh’s Wiz Khalifa)
■ “Dark Fantasy” by Kanye West
■ “Renegade” by Styx (plus crowd noise)
■ “Till I Collapse” by Eminem (plus crowd noise)
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