Rex Ryan opened the Jets’ 2012 full-squad minicamp today with a changeup in his schedule — a morning, pre-practice news conference instead of his usual post-practice briefing.
“I think it’s best for myself,” the Jets head coach said about his time shifting, which he said could be a permanent change for him with the media going toward training camp and the season ahead. “It’ll help me get a chance to meet with [Mike] Pettine and DT [Dennis Thurman] and all the defensive coaches in particular and watch practice. Instead of trying to catch up on all the practice tape on my own, it’ll give me an opportunity to be with my coaches and watch the tape together.”
Another thing it will do is will give Ryan a pre-practice injury list to work from rather than a post-practice list. He read the list to reporters today and it was a long one. However, except for one injury, the players on the list seem to be working through relatively minor things, mostly of the hamstring variety.
Limited practice participants on the list were:
TE Jeff Cumberland (Achilles) — “He’s going to practice. He’s listed as limited. But he’s fine.”
WR Jeremy Kerley (hamstring)
G Brandon Moore (hips) — “It’s really not an injury but I’m just going to list him as limited.”
WR Royce Pollard (hamstring) — “He actually looks pretty good.”
G Matt Slauson (shoulder) — “We’re actually going to watch him go a little bit today. … He’s been rehabbing his shoulder like a madman. He’s benching with one arm what I would squad with my legs, so he’s doing good.”
WR Patrick Turner (hamstring)
Listed as out:
WR Santonio Holmes (hamstring) — “He has some tightness … Our trainers are going to make sure they stay on top of him and monitor him.”
WR Stephen Hill (hamstring)
WR DaMarcus Ganaway (hip)
TE Brian Linthicum (quad)
RB Bilal Powell (hamstring)
WR Jordan White (foot) — “We’re excited about him. He works his tail off. It’s unfortunate that he had that break in his foot, but he’s training hard.”
LB Matt Berning (knee) — Berning has a “pretty serious knee injury.”
Additionally, S LaRon Landry is on the premises for the mandatory camp. He stayed on the sideline and observed practice
“Well, the main thing is to obviously get him ready for the season,” Rex said of Landry’s Achilles/foot rehab. “When you look at his history, he hasn’t been full speed in a lot of the training camps every day, and watching him, I hope that he can get to that point. I certainly don’t want to say that he definitely won’t be or he will be. We’ll just have to wait and see, see how it plays out. Obviously we want him ready for the season.”
Landry is expected to talk with reporters Wednesday after practice for the first time since he signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent in March.
Reshaped Wideout Group
With Holmes, Kerley, Turner and second-round rookie Stephen Hill out or limited and Chaz Schilens being monitored, the Jets put a young group of wideouts on the field for Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy and company to direct throws to. Pollard did practice during 7-on-7 red-zone drills and snagged a nice pass in the back of the end zone from Sanchez, as did Dexter Jackson.
But even some of the tweaked wideouts jumped in on individual drills on the JUGS machine, including Holmes and Hill.
Hill continues to provide great signs even while limited. He started out 6 yards away from the JUGS and every two catches took a step forward until he was snagging balls from 3 yards away. The rookie from Georgia Tech has learned early on to become one with the leather. Before and after the draft, he already had latched onto a few NFL footballs to practice with in his room.
“It’s a great thing to have a ball with you at all times, just catching, catching, catching,” Hill said. “All the time you want to make sure you’re using your eyes when you catch. If somebody tosses anything to me, I’m making sure I’m catching it with my hands and my eyes and tucking it. No, I don’t drop a whole lot.”
Even the D Likes the New OC
Chalk LB Calvin Pace up as one more Jet who appreciates the contributions of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
“I really think the addition of Sparano is helping everybody,” Pace said in regard to the first defense not quite knowing what’s coming at them after six seasons of facing Brian Schottenheimer’s offenses in practice. “We were with Schotty for a few years. We knew the things they were going to do. Every day is almost like playing a game without any kind of preparation, so you’ve got to be quick on your feet, be able to process things quickly.”
Rise and Schein
Sirius XM NFL Radio comes to the Jets’ full-squad minicamp Wednesday morning. Host Adam Schein will open his show at 11 a.m. ET and will chat with players, coaches and team execs as they become available after the second of three minicamp practices.
Fans should keep in mind that the Wednesday and Thursday minicamp practices at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, N.J., will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. both days, with practices beginning at 11 a.m. both days. Admission and parking are free but limited.
And if the weather is questionable, fans can find updates on newyorkjets.com, Twitter or Facebook or can call the Jets Minicamp Hotline at 973-549-4844.
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