In day 2 of full-pads practice at Jets training camp today, there were a number of impressive efforts from several Jets on both sides of the ball.
WR Patrick Turner made the catch of the day, extending one hand for an over-the-shoulder grab on a fly route from QB Mark Sanchez. The 6’5” receiver showed impressive speed to even catch up to the deep ball, then reeled it in with his fingertips.
On defense, CB Antonio Cromartie is showing no rust. After declaring on Monday that he would be playing this season with a “chip on my shoulder,” Cromartie is doing everything he can to prove he is indeed a number one corner. His athleticism is effortless as he blends his speed with freakish jumping ability.
Another CB worth noting is Ellis Lankster. The diminutive corner in his second year out of West Virginia stands 5’9” but plays much bigger. Twice he used every inch of his frame to make plays on the ball. His best effort of the afternoon came when he dove, fully extended his arms, and intercepted a pass thrown by Greg McElroy.
Full pads=full physicality
Two brawls broke out during practice. The first escalated quickly, involving nearly the entire team at midfield. The second started when LB Jamaal Westerman and OL Robert Turner exchanged punches. Westerman took Turner down, and coaches intervened to break up the scuffle.
DE Ropati Pitoitua showed off his strength in the trenches, breaching the offensive line three times. Twice, Pitoitua reached the QB for would-be sacks. Later, he leaped to deflect a Mark Brunell pass. At 6’8” and 315 pounds, the third-year DE will hope to make an impact rushing the passer.
At Thursday’s practice, undrafted free agent LB Matthias Berning got his bell rung during special teams drills. Berning was lined up across from FB John Conner, sprinted 5 yards and engaged. Conner stood up the young defender, lifted him off the ground, and threw him down with a thud. Berning’s helmet was dislodged, and he was taken off the field. For precautionary reasons, he did not suit up or practice today. Rex Ryan said he does not believe Berning got a concussion but the team would “play it safe.”
A new bag of tricks
The young trio of WR Jeremy Kerley CB Kyle Wilson, and RB Joe McKnight continue to take all the reps returning kicks. Today, the three spent some of their afternoon fielding punts with one hand, while holding a football in the other. The drill encouraged the returners to settle underneath the punt and discouraged them from fielding it over their shoulder. Each player muffed a punt but had a handle on the drill by day’s end.
Attendance at today’s open practice was 2,088. … The Jets will have Saturday off, then return to practice Sunday afternoon, also open to the public, at 2:15 p.m. at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, N.J.
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