Updated, 5:12 p.m. ET
Like using a pair of battered binoculars, it’s been difficult to get the Jets’ wide receiver position to come into focus. That’ll happen when there are 14 WRs on the training camp roster but perhaps 10 who at one time or another have been sidelined by those darned soft-tissue injuries.
■ Santonio Holmes is the No. 1 wideout but came out of Saturday’s Green & White practice with a rib “situation,” not broken but maybe with some cartilage involvement, which Holmes has had before. The injury had head coach Rex Ryan this morning placing Tone in the “probably doubtful” category for the Jets’ preseason opener at Cincinnati on Friday night.
“Bart Scott gave Santonio some sound advice when he said to put some barbecue sauce on that rib. We’ll see how that goes. Just a loving teammate, Bart is,” Ryan said. “You can see him, he’s obviously tender, but we’ll see how it goes.”
■ Jeremy Kerley remains sidelined by his hamstring pull from last week, leaving Ryan “concerned” and Mark Sanchez advising Kerley to “go slow” but “hurry up.”
“The most important thing is for him to take care of himself and get back as soon as possible, push it, compete with that injury and get back,” Sanchez said after today’s midday practice. “Being out, I know he’s doing as many drills as he can, but as soon as he’s back we have to get as many reps as possible to make up for lost time. I hope he’s studying in this off time, really going over the film, looking at it and understanding how he is going to be able to come in and help us really continue where we left off before he got hurt.”
■ All of the experienced hands behind Holmes — Chaz Schilens, Patrick Turner, Kerley and Dexter Jackson — have some intriguing elements to their game. But only Turner had any receptions in Saturday’s session, two catches for 22 yards.
■ And then there’s Stephen Hill. The intriguing rookie with the height, speed and explosion to make a big first-year NFL impact was also one of the wideouts with no catches on Saturday. But he continues to pull them in during practices. This morning he caught one ball against Antonio Cromartie and had another 40-yarder going up against Darrelle Revis.
“It was really kind of a payback thing with Darrelle,” Hill said with a smile. “He kind of jammed me up a couple of plays before, so I had to get back at him. But Revis is teaching me a lot of things.”
Especially with Holmes doubtful but even if he were healthy, Hill is making a case to get his first NFL start in his first NFL (pre-)season game against the Bengals. Ryan hasn’t announced any lineup plans for the Stripes, but the first depth chart of the season should be released soon.
“Mark Sanchez has been in my ear on the field and off the field. He’ll come up behind me and say, ‘You ready to go?’ Yeah, I’m ready to go,” Hill said. “I’m getting my body focused and my mind focused so that going into that game or against Buffalo in the season opener, there’s not going to be that ‘wow’ surprise factor. I’m here to work.”
LaRon Landry, who says if he had to play a position other than safety it would be linebacker “because I love to hit,” put a lick on Bilal Powell in today’s physical practice. Ryan said he expects Landry to play Friday.
“As far as I know, he’s coming out of it,” the coach said of Landry’s relentless rehab of his foot problems from last year with the Redskins. “We’re going to keep a close eye on what he does. We need him out there on opening day. He’s an impact guy, there’s no question about that.”
The Old Brawl Game
Several skirmishes broke out, with Joe McKnight and rookie D’Anton Lynn having the most animated exchange that also involved a few sideline signs being toppled.
Sanchez, who said he watched the fight from “an advantageous position,” made it clear he’s not a big fan of that kind of tempest.
“One, it doesn’t look good, and two, it sends the wrong message to our team,” he said. “We want to take care of our guys. I get it, guys are competitive, guys are fiery, that’s nice, but you want to take it to the brink there and compete until the last possible moment and then always remember to protect the team, protect your teammates. So I don’t like to see it. I know guys get testy and that’s the way it goes, but we have to control that and make sure we’re not hurting anybody.”
McKnight later got taken down hard in team drills, walked off slowly, but seemed fine in an interview session afterward. … NT Sione Po‘uha left the field early with his still-bandaged forehead. … Nick Folk 4-for-4, Josh Brown 2-for-4 (misses from 39 and 47) in today’s in-practice field goal period.
Today’s attendance: 2,914. … Tuesday’s practice will be closed to the public. Wednesday’s session will be open and will run from 8:10-11:10 a.m. Thursday is a closed walkthrough and then flight to Cincinnati for Friday’s game.
Tags: Chaz Schilens, Jeremy Kerley, LaRon Landry, Patrick Turner, Rex Ryan, Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, SUNY Cortland, training camp
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