Training Camp Day 2: Five Takeaways From Camp

Five Takeaways From Day Two of Jets Training Camp

1) QBs Have Ups and Downs

Based on today’s performance the depth chart should remain the way it is at the quarterback position.¬†Geno looked like the leader of the offense despite almost giving up an interception to Jamari Lattimore at the end of the day. Smith completed most of his passes showing notable accuracy, and command of the offense. Smith had a great day overall until the Jets closed with two minute drills, he struggled in the red zone. Geno completed 12 of his 17 passes.

Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled early on in the day against the second defense, under and over throwing a few passes. Fitzpatrick picked it up half way through camp and made some nice throws, one of them a well placed deep ball to Quincy Enunwa. Fitzpatrick led a couple of drives in the two minute drills, one resulting in a Nick Folk field goal, the other a near interception by Antonio Cromartie which ended the day. Fitzpatrick completed 10 of his 17 passes.

Bryce Petty made a fairly good impression with his share of reps. Petty had a couple of really nice throws to Jace Amaro, and looked like he was acclimating well to the NFL. Jake Heaps also got a few reps, and had a bullet pass to Wes Saxton that stood out.

2) Young Player to Watch

The rookie player of the day wasn’t Leonard Williams, it wasn’t Devin Smith, and it wasn’t Bryce Petty. All three of the top draft picks had solid days, but the rookie who stood out the most was undrafted free agent Wes Saxton. Saxton had multiple big plays, the most memorable one being a one handed catch while keeping both feet in bounds.

3) Smith Takes a Hit

Devin Smith had a very impressive catch off of a tipped pass by Marcus Williams, but stayed down on the field after appearing to take a hit to the back of his helmet. Smith walked off the field and stayed on the sidelines a bit before walking into the facilities with trainers. Speculation seemed to become worse as time went on. Head coach Todd Bowles wasn’t aware of the severity of the injury during his press conference stating: “I have to go inside and see what happened… I saw him walking gingerly coming off.” The Jets have posted an update on their twitter account stating that Smith has suffered broken ribs, and will be out for the majority of training camp.

4) Colon Returning Soon

Willie Colon, Stevan Ridley, and Kevin Vickerson began training camp on the PUP (physically unable to participate) list. Todd Bowles hinted that we could see Colon back in the lineup within the next couple of days. When asked about the status of Colon, Bowles said “I think Willie looked good… Coming around, hopefully we can get him in pads in the next day or two.”

5) Richardson Addresses the Media… Again

Sheldon Richardson’s arrest on July 14th spread like wildfire yesterday when made public by the media just after training camp. Richardson’s somewhat cryptic comments yesterday made more sense after it was revealed that he had been arrested for resisting arrest, and numerous traffic violations. More troubling details to his arrest were also made public including participating in a street race at speeds up to 143 mph, possession of a fully loaded semi-automatic pistol, smelling of marijuana, all while having a 12-year-old child in the car. Richardson practiced with the team again today, and spoke to the media echoing his statements from yesterday. Richardson mentioned he had spoken to all of his teammates and coaches, but has yet to speak with Woody Johnson.

Leonard Williams, who has been working extensively with the first team defense, will most likely assume Richardson’s position at DE. There’s a good chance that the Jets could be looking at more than four weeks without Richardson which only adds to the need for Todd Bowles to have Williams ready for week 1 action.

 

Jets Send Simms Packing

By Glenn Naughton

 

The Jets announced the release of quarterback Matt Simms today as they conduct their second consecutive week of OTA’s at Florham Park under rookie head coach Todd Bowles.

Simms, the strong-armed son of former Giants great Phil Simms was never used as any more than a reserve QB in two seasons with the Jets, throwing only 39 passes for Gang Green, completing just 19 for 1 TD and 1 INT.

Simms’ release leaves the Jets with three healthy QB’s on the roster for the remainder of OTA’s as incumbent Geno Smith and rookies Byrce Petty and Jake Heaps will share reps.

Off-season addition Ryan Fitzpatrick will be limited in workouts as he recovers from a late-season leg fracture while under center for the Houston Texans.

Jets Sign Two Players

The New York Jets announced a few roster moves today.

The Jets have signed two tryout players from the weekend’s rookie minicamp, quarterback Jake Heaps and fullback J.C. Copeland. To make room on the 90-man roster, we have released two undrafted free agents signed right after the draft, cornerback Greg Henderson¬†and safety Demarkus Perkins.

Matt Simms is a fan favorite but his road to making the roster in 2015 just got even more crowded. Earlier this offseaon the Jets traded for Ryan Fitzpatrick who will compete with Geno Smith. Bryce Petty from Baylor became the favorite to land the 3rd QB job when the Jets drafted him in the 4th round. With a new QB in town in Jake Heaps the QB competition got even more crowded.

Heaps (6’1″, 208) came out of Skyline HS in Sammamish, WA with a career 40-2 record and 114 touchdown passes to 18 interceptions as the top-rated QB prospect in the country by several recruiting services.

He played his first two seasons at BYU, then transferred to Kansas and head coach Charlie Weis (the former Jets offensive coordinator). He played at KU one year, transferred to Miami, and played sparingly for the Hurricanes last season (three games, no starts, 6-for-12 passing, 51 yards).