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‘Turner Brothers’ Have Their Moments Today

Posted by Andrew LeRay on August 5, 2011 – 6:24 pm

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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13 Responses to “‘Turner Brothers’ Have Their Moments Today”

  1. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    More into 6’8″ Pitoitua than 5’9″ Lankster but nice to see excitement about young guys instead of old ones. Even Cimini (not that I think he’s any genius, but he does cover the Jets for ESPN) falls prey to this by asking, “Do you really want to throw a rookie in at #3?” Other teams “throw rookies in” all the time and come up with stars, we often seem fascinated by whatever vet has-been or never-was is available. Guess it’s a NY thing, in this case a need to catch up on the Jints in SB wins. I’m just glad we got Kerley, McKnight, and Wilson on KRs instead of paying Smith a fortune to do it and fail at WR. Also glad no one’s making a big deal about T-Rich retiring, he was great but it’s his time to lay back and cruise, as Hendrix once put it.

  2. By AOKP on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    how is kyle wilson looking? and eric smith, and who is leading in interceptions so far on the first team

  3. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    Some of you guys have already said what a weird yr it’s going to be, so I’ll give you my take on that, using Kerley and Plax as an example. With “a good camp” meaning a good practice or 2, with “an injury” meaning a minor sprain, I think there will be lots of opportunities and pitfalls for all players. I think you’ll see some rookies unexpectedly play a lot or even start and some ride the bench all yr. You’ll see some vets make the most of their fading skills by way of field and playbook smarts and some hobbled all yr with odd aches and pains. And so of course you’ll see some surprising highlights and some depressing lowlights. After yrs of camp from April to August, I don’t see how a yr of no camp till August could result in anything else.

  4. By Arte Olde School on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    I ultimately agree with Rex with respect to this 2011-12 New York Jet roster to be the best of his tenure. The rookies we’ve added this year in my humble opinion will go down as one of the greatest Jet drafts EVER. And I mean ever!!
    Third year players like Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene are going to shine as three has historically been the charm. And then we have the other players that have all bought into Rex’s system. I do also believe as Rex stated that we will have the #1 defense this year. With Pace and Revis at 100% this year and the defenisve line injection, it certainly is clear that even though Mark will wear a ‘C’ on his jersey, this is finally Rex’s team. Ellis and J-Co were a part of the ‘Same Old Jets” past. See you in Indy!!!!

  5. By IRA on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    It really appears Turner is getting a lot of looks from the coaches. I think he will land one of the WR spots when its all said and done.

  6. By steven on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    Are we still going to get a REAL pass rusher?

  7. By Frank on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    I haven’t had time to comment until now. TanWoody has completely lost their minds. Plax for Edwards for the same money????????? Then you dump J Co? forget the fact Plax is a serious downgrade from Edwards they are insane to think Plax can play the entire season what a joke.
    Then the real problem with all of this is Sanchez who is not Brady, Manning , Brees or even in the top 20 of QB’s in the league. The guy has the worst completion percentage in the NFL over the last 2 years and no time to get any chemistry going with any of these guys. Rex is shooting his mouth off about opening up the O? Really? Smith is gone say what you want the WC kept drives going last year he has no one to bail him out this year.

  8. By MarkP@JetsReality on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    Biggest problem no one is adressing is our LB’s cannot pass cover. With Pats doing 2 TE sets, this is an issue. All of a sudden Kerley is the new Wes Welker. Give me a break! With only 3-4practices! Teams will not let this guy off the line of scrimmage when it counts.Weathford cut was another huge mistake by the man who invented ST, his majesty Coach Westoff. Signing Mason is a must at this point. Turner will not do the job. Rooks better come through for Mike T. after last year’s debacle. When will Jets give Lowery an honest long look at Safety? He’ll produce there.

  9. By GaryC on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    jetsreality, I said for a long time about jets pass coverage,my posts specifically asked for barrett ruud, clint sessions and ernie sims,all would have been an upgrade over thomas,even bart,cant wait,scott.as most of the posters know I am quite conservative in my thoughts when it comes to this team,guys they have brought in, guys they haven’t brought in,guys they should have kept,Sure hope rexy took up some culinary courses because he has quite a pot to mix,and sure more to come.

  10. By scjoe on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    Just like to touch a little on MarkPs comment about the LBs. It is true to a point that they are not “great” in coverage and surely their strength is not rushing the passer. So you really have to give credit to Rex and his defensive schemes for the success they have had the past couple of years and you have to wonder what it would be like to have a couple of pass rushing beasts back there. Rex is building up Westerman and Pace and thinks they can be those beasts, for me, I believe only what I can see with my own eyes.

  11. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    Frank, I agree with some of your points but your claim that the Wildcat helped drives is way off, it killed more potential drives than high gas prices. Yeah, it’s true that now and then Smith broke off a long run, usually against the worst teams like CIN against whom I could probably find pay dirt. But where I watch the Jets, every fan in the place would groan when Smith came in, waiting for the inevitable called play that looked like a busted play and lost yards on 2nd down, putting Sanchez back in the hole. And since everybody knew Smith wasn’t gonna throw the ball, the whole thing was doubly pointless except for an occasional highlight.

  12. By 38 year fan on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    Sad to see Braylon go …would have loved to see Burress , and Braylon lined up at wideouts , with Santonio in the slot …Also sad to see J Co go bye- bye …Burress will be excellent , No Doubt , I’ve been watching him for years . And Patrick Turner is a starting quality reciever .

  13. By TONY GARCIA on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    training camp fellow’s jets will be ok,just from reading some of the post here some fan’s or haters have started predicting bad things. jet fan since 1969

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