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8/16 New York Jets Camp Notes

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By Glenn Naughton

 

Todd Bowles’ no-nonsense leadership style was on full display once again at Florham Park yesterday when, after two separate altercations, he lined up his entire roster to run five gassers mid-practice.

The latter (and more serious) of the two took place between back-up center Dalton Freeman and outside linebacker Jason Babin.  In terms of what went on before and after Todd Bowles handed out the punishment, here are a few notes.

– Trevor Reilly continues to impress at OLB, racking up some pressures while also getting in on some tackles behind or at the line of scrimmage.

– Newcomer Javier Arenas has been getting work returning punts and kicks.  A wise move by the Jets as Arenas racked up 7 punt returns for touchdowns during his time at Alabama.

– A tale of two camps came together on one play when second-year receiver Quincy Enunwa beat Antonio Cromartie despite what looked to be good coverage from the cornerback.  Cromartie has struggled throughout camp but head coach Todd Bowles said he’s not concerned about his slow start, while Enunwa has found a way to get mentioned on a seemingly daily basis.

– Once again, Willie Colon running with the 1’s.  The battle at RG definitely appears to be tilted in his favor at this point.

– It’s a name we don’t hear often, but Julian Howsare showed decent hands for a converted linebacker who is getting a look at fullback.  Howsare, out of Clarion University also had a reception in the pre-season opener against the Lions to go along with an impressive tackle on special teams.

– Longshot rookie tight end Wes Saxton had the catch of the day, a ball thrown behind him down the  middle of the field on which he spun around and pulled it in with one hand, drew some “ooh’s” from the crowd.

– The hot weather was clearly getting to some players.  Damon “Snacks” Harrison wasn’t pleased when he was pulled out for a breather and probably did more work on the sidelines than he would have on the field.  Harrison went on a 10-15 minute tirade, screaming at the offense and encouraging his fellow-linemen to make plays.  All in attendance took notice…lots of laughs.

– With Brandon Marshall lined up on Revis , a fan shouted some words of encouragement, “shut him down Revis” at which point Marshall, already in his stance, glanced in to the crowd and said “not gonna’ happen”.  As it turned out, it did happen, but not without a little excessive contact from Revis.  With his left hand grabbing Marshall’s left shoulder and shoving him,  Revis batted the ball down as it got to  Marshall who had a few words for the officials who didn’t throw a flag.

– Bilal Powell went the distance on a screen pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick, showing some nifty moves as he darted between defenders on his way to the end zone.

– Jeremy Kerley had himself a good practice, giving defenders fits in 1-on-1 drills and then had a one-handed grab during the team session.

– Jake Heaps showed better arm strength that we’ve seen from him thus far but the accuracy wasn’t there yet as he overthrew a wide open TJ Graham down the left sideline.

– Rookie quarterback Bryce Petty also overthrew Graham on a long ball, but I suppose the silver lining is that if TJ Graham keeps getting behind defenses, somebody is going to get him the ball eventually.

– We did see some hurry-up offense late in practice and while Fitzpatrick looked solid in his session, practice came to an end when Petty was intercepted by Buster Skrine when it was his turn to go without a huddle.  Skrine’s play didn’t just finish practice, but may have been the best defensive play of the practice, hauling it in while leaping/twisting.

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This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

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Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.