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Rookies Arrive, Minicamp Kicks Off

Posted by Randy Lange on May 10, 2013 – 10:49 am

The next chapter of the Jets’ 2013 offseason is being written beginning this week. The Green & White rookie class arrived at the Atlantic Health Training Center on Thursday, and today’s first practice of the camp is under way on the grass fields in Florham Park, N.J.

The arrivals couldn’t begin until noon Thursday, and by early evening everyone was checked in, had gone through the indoctrination process as a new Jet, and rested up in their hotel rooms for this morning’s breakfast, their first team meeting with head coach Rex Ryan and staff, and their first practice set to start around 10 a.m.

The stations each player stopped at included a visit to the doctor for a physical, equipment manager Gus Granneman’s equipment room to be fitted for a helmet and receive his initial jersey and new number, a stop with head strength and conditioning coach Justus Galac’s weightroom, a chat with director of player development Dave Szott, a stay with the media relations team, and a quick couple of headshots with the always ebullient team photographer, Al Pereira.

Among the earliest to run this pro pigskin gauntlet was second-round quarterback Geno Smith. He came through the double glass doors of the players’ entrance at 12:01 p.m. and began his check-in process. On his way to the locker room, Smith was greeted by a couple of veteran Jets WRs: Santonio Holmes, recently returned from his degree work at Ohio State, and Stephen Hill, last year’s second-rounder. Holmes, Hill and the rest of the Jets’ established pass catchers will begin to catch Geno’s passes at the June, when Smith joins the rest of the team’s quarterbacks at the full-squad minicamp.

The other five draft choices arrived in short order. In rough order of appearance they were seventh-round FB Tommy Bohanon and fifth-round OL Oday Aboushi came in the next wave, followed by first-round CB Dee Milliner, sixth-round OL Will Campbell, third-round G Brian Winters and first-round DL Sheldon Richardson.

The 15-member band of undrafted free agents, plus some minicamp invitees, were also among the new Jets on hand. Among those registering in the early afternoon were TEs Mike Shanahan of Pitt and Chris Pantale of Boston College, wideouts Zach Rogers of Tennessee and KJ Stroud from Bethune-Cookman and C Dalton Freeman from Clemson.

Shanahan, who confirms for any who doubted it that he’s not related to Washington head coach Mike Shanahan, was stopped between stations for a hallway chat with senior personnel executive Terry Bradway and pro scout Aaron Glenn.

This is not an all-inclusive list. We’ll have a report on all the rookies and first-year players who are at the camp plus new uniform numbers when everything becomes official on Friday.

Speaking of new unis, the drafted Jets are reported to have received their initial numbers. These could still change but at the moment Granneman and his staff have distributed the following numbers to the draftees:

27 — Dee Milliner

91 — Sheldon Richardson

7 — Geno Smith

67 — Brian Winters

75 — Oday Aboushi

65 — Will Campbell

40 — Tommy Bohanon

The minicamp is closed to the public. A more complete list of the participants in this camp, which includes all the Jets draft choices, 2013 undrafted free agents, 2012 first-year free agents signed prior to the draft, and tryout candidates, will be available later today. The minicamp will continue through Sunday, with media availability on Friday and Saturday, including open locker room and Rex Ryan news conferences both days.


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24 Responses to “Rookies Arrive, Minicamp Kicks Off”

  1. By IRA on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    Today Geno starts to shut up his critics. Wonder if Sanchez has talked with Geno yet?

  2. By RONBO on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    Come on Ira, lets not go there yet! Shutting up the critic’s will only come with success and in looking at the offensive roster I wouldn’t start printing playoff tickets quite yet. Lets just see if we can score an offensive T.D during the preseason this year before we begin our nominations to Canton. It will be interesting to see how many of the Un- drafted F/A’s actually get invited to the teams mini camp inJune and then move on to Cortland? Anybody want to get a little pool going to guess?

  3. By Jet Fan Since 1964 Frank on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    IRA, I am with you on your comment. Now the real test starts not only for the JETS draft picks, but also for the undrafted signings, which I feel is going to be very interesting. There are several players competing for positions and my favorites are: Mike Shanahan- TE, Ryan Spadola – WR, Zack Rogers – WR, Antavius Wilson – WR Mark Popek – OG, Dalton Freeman – Possible Center behind Mangold, Jake McDonough – DL, Spencer Nealy, big, strong and versatile on the Defensive Line, Troy Davis – DE but versatile on the defense as for the kicker Robert Malone he may have competition with Alex Dunnachie.

  4. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom Down with Common Sense on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    Nothing will shut up people like Cimini, Ira, who’s already written, like, five stories about “ex-Jet Cliff Harris arrested.” Like I say, though, the example that Idzik is setting by paying attention to none of this nonsense is only one of the things he’s done to change the culture of the Jets. It’s a bit surprising to me that some fans don’t remember that only a short time ago we had a GM and a HC who couldn’t stop saying the most ridiculous things in the face of the biggest problems, like not even bothering to pick up a backup C or a QB who kept playing at a middle school level.

  5. By GaryC on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    I like Bohannon wearing number 40,I can envision Mike Alstott.

  6. By IRA on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    See that Geno did ok for his first day. If anybody thinks he won’t be the starting QB ealier than later this year you are kidding yourselves. Unless he just can’t slow down the game in his mind he will be the QB after Garrard takes a seat. Looking forward to watching him develop over the summer.
    GO JETS!!!!

  7. By russ on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    Is he in Hall of Fame today Ira? Lets see a couple of seasons please…..Sanchez took us to AFC championship with a great running game and Cotchery cathing 3rd down passes, twice until Mr T decided we didnt need an OL….

  8. By GaryC on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    Randy,do you have any stat on quarterbacks who were not drafted in the first round who became number 1 starters in the last ten years or a list of number 1 quarterbacks in the last 10 years as opposed to all other rounds.

  9. By GaryC on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    Ira,if Geno is starting within the first few games this year,it says more about the jets quarterbacks then it says about Geno.

  10. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    Geno Smith picks #7 as his jersey number I do not think this was a coincidence. I think he knows the historical significance of this number (Ken O’Brien & Boomer Esiason).

  11. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    IRA, I think he will star at some point this year as well. At the start of the season I want Sanchez to start hopefully he plays well & we can trade him for a draft pick. But weather Sanchez or Garrad starts wait until we are eliminated from playoff contention then get Geno in there to get some games under his belt. I dont want him to get clobbered at the start of the season going in there with no weapons around him. We are AT LEAST a WR & TE away. Let him sit & learn play some games this year & hit the ground running in 2014!

  12. By scjoe on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    Ira, the key phrase in your post is “unless he just can’t slow down the game in his own mind” no one that I have seen has questioned his physical or athletic ability.

  13. By Tim on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    1. Stay (HUMBLE) Geno, and things will go a LOT BETTER for you and all the HATERS that want you to FAIL!!!

    2. Geno needs to get BETTER with his POCKET AWARENESS, of when the QB pocket is breaking DOWN!

  14. By SQUIRREL on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    let’s be honest here RUSS. the organization did not do sanchez any favors over the past 2 years but he clearly regressed within himself so bad to the point that he couldn’t handle a snap. he’s done here in NY. he needs to start fresh somewhere else. I hope he succeeds, but he’s holding this franchise back and vice versa.

  15. By Tim on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    1. OFFENSIVE LINE is the MOST IMPORTANT thing to a OFFENSE!

    2. OFFENSE always starts with (BLOCKING) and the OFFENSIVE LINE (1ST)!!!

    3. OL development is a (BIG) KEY to the JETS offensive SUCCESS!

  16. By Mike Jet Vet on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    I’ll take a wait and see attitude towards G-Smith, I believe he has his work cut out for him, Also believe he’s immature right now, He needs to be humbled some 1st.. I just hope we don’t throw him to the dogs like Sanchez, really isn’t any pressure or rush in doing so, being he came in @39 not @5 plus picks like Sanchez … My thinking, Garrard will take early lead and work out who ever becomes the front runner for QB,, Ronbo I believe all our picks form 2013 will be in Cortland park. No need to bet on it, with our roster it’s a no brainer

  17. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom Who Dwells in Reality on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    Ronbo, I’m waiting for you to explain to me what the inability of Sanchez, Schotty, Sparano, and Rex’s O to score in the preseason has to do with the ability of a possible Smith and MM-led O to score while Rex catches up on O schemes post-1960. GaryC, your post is hardly the worst of this kind I’ve seen but for pre-empting possible success with negativity, your remark about Geno starting and what it would say about our QBs is pretty bizarre. On what other team would the top-ranked college QB winning the starting job be considered embarrassing rather than encouraging? No, scjoe, no one has questioned Smith’s physical or athletic ability. But the day after we picked him, someone on this site said he “won’t win in New York.”

  18. By RONBO on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    TIM, I have no idea what your talking about in regard to Gino haters here on Randy’s Radar? The only critism I’ve heard here concerns his immature behavior on those few occassions THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN REHASHED TO OFTEN ALREADY..Hey, most 22 year old guys would be at least as bad. No one questions his athletic ability as he is clearly the best athlete of any Jet Q.B I can remember. Now, how that translates on the field remains to be seen. What I have observed here is guys prematurely annointing him before he completes even his first pass in a regular season game.Its just way to early to pass any judgements on Gino or any of the new Jets.

  19. By russ on May 11, 2013 | Reply

    Squirrel 100pct agreement…Winning qbs are measured over time I hope Geno is one, He was not my first choice but I will sit in my seat and cheer him on…but success is winning the division until that happens the team is just in the middle of the pack or bottom….

  20. By scjoe on May 11, 2013 | Reply

    64, did I question Smith’s physical or athletic ability? I said “he will not make it in NY” re: his immaturity issues, and guess what?? He wont if he don’t mature in a hurry. It is easy to take certain phrases and sentences out of context well after the fact isn’t it? If I were to start doing that I would be on this computer and this web site day and night rewriting “conflicting” statements by certain people, people who have done complete 180s on just about everything NYJs.

  21. By GaryC on May 11, 2013 | Reply

    Jetfantom,saying having Geno start is more of me denigrating the quarterbacks we have,which also you have said,if all the quarterbacks are lousy this summer the jet brass might just say let’s go with Geno,seeing he could be the future,so him starting doesn’t mean he would have earned it,just the lesser of all evils.

  22. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom Who Dwells in Reality on May 12, 2013 | Reply

    Way too early to start splitting hairs like that, GaryC. If Smith beats out Sanchez and plays well, no Jet fan with a brain will waste any time wondering what words should be used to describe it — they’ll just be grateful we finally have a decent QB! MS would probably be off the team by that time too, quietly traded 5 or 6 games into the season for a #6. scjoe, your spinning on the way you overreacted for wks about Idzik and the draft is truly hilarious and not worthy of further comment in response to your post above, at least not by me. I pity you for the way you’ll have to perform CYA for the next 3 yrs as Idzik’s whole plan comes into view and, I’m betting, works a heck of a lot better than what we were doing before.

  23. By RONBO on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    64, my post to IRA which I assume your referring to was more a point about Rex’s limited offensive imagination and the lack of offensive talent on this roster. Whether you agree or not it is too early to expect Geno or even Tom Brady to turn this talent lacking group into an offensive jauggernaut.My concern regarding rex retarding the groth of this offense is propensity to prefer “game managers’ who are overly concerned about protecting the football (which granted is also nessessary) than they are in scoreing touchdowns.

  24. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom Guardedly Optimistic Per Carolina Jet Fan on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Couldn’t agree more about Rex and game managers, Ronbo, which is only one of the reasons that no comparisons between the Sanchez/Schotty or Sparano/Rex O and the Smith/MM/Rex O are worth even speculating on now. First Smith has to win the job, then we have to see what the starting O lineup is then, then we have to see what Rex — if he’s still around by then — has learned about what you need on O in the NFL circa 2013 or so. My guess is Idzik, like his boss did with Tebow, says a lot of nice things about Rex all yr, then doesn’t hesitate to unload him in 2014. Like with Sanchez, the amount of growth Rex would have to show in one yr to deserve another couple of yrs is pretty huge. I suppose it’s possible, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

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