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Following First OTA Presser, Time for Focus to get Back on Football

Alright, so Adam Gase held his first press conference since the firing of Mike Maccagnan and cooler heads prevailed in a room full of reporters who lobbed one grenade after another in his direction.  Gase handled it well before heading out to the practice field to get  a look at his brand new club going through drills, and this is exactly where the focus of this team should be from here on out.  On the team.

Yes, the search for a GM is under way and will grab headlines throughout the process, but Mike Maccagnan is out and the players are in the building for week one of OTA’s.  There’s no reason why Adam Gase and company wouldn’t have been focused on their jobs up to this point if they block out the noise, but now would probably be a good time for beat writers on both the local and national level, along with fans everywhere, to move on and talk football.  There was some of that today on twitter for those in attendance, so let’s take a look at who was saying what.

It looks like Sam Darnold got off to a solid start and Robby Anderson did was Robby Anderson does; beat the defense deep for a 43-yard TD according to Connor Hughes of the Athletic.

Those who’d hoped to see the defense take on the personality of coordinator Gregg Williams won’t be disappointed to hear that the group broke their huddles with a rather interesting statement.

Free agent addition Jamison Crowder opened plenty of eyes in doing what he does best, getting open underneath as noted by Rich Cimini of ESPN New York.

While it’s just a single play from a single OTA practice from a couple of back-ups, keep an eye on undrafted free agent wide receiver Jeff Smith out of Boston College.  A converted quarterback, Smith has gadget play potential and some explosion as a receiver as evidenced by his 4.37 40 time at his pro day.

Smith is a long shot to make the roster, but showed excellent awareness and body control in the early stages of his development at the position during his time at BC.

So there we have it; some actual football talk.  Feels good, doesn’t it?

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.