A Heaping Helping of Training Camp Whispers Dan Leberfeld

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Any concussion is bad news.

But for Chris Owusu it’s particularly bad news.

He had three concussions (in a 13-month span) while playing at Stanford, and that is a big reason he went undrafted. Teams considered him a medical risk.

And it looks like he suffered another one today.

Owusu has been one of the pleasant surprises for the Jets in training camp, and has been getting some reps in the #3 receiver spot, with the rib/lung injury suffered by Devin Smith.

Owusu is a very bright guy, who should do very well after his football career, in whatever he chooses to do.

You have to wonder if his fourth concussion will make him think about walking away.

You don’t want to go through what Wayne Chrebet and Al Toon did after football careers marred by myriad concussions . . .

Aside from the Dee Milliner wrist injury, which will keep him out 6-8 weeks, I noticed two other cornerbacks dealing with injuries in practice – Keith Lewis and DaShaun Phillips. They both pulled hamstring. They forged ahead because they are long shots, but the both are clearly hobbling.

So all of a sudden, all that depth at corner for the Jets is coming in handy. As the old football cliché goes, “you can never have enough corners.”

It’s so true. Corners are always getting hurt. Two reasons. First off, they do an awful lot of running, so they are susceptible to pulled muscles. Secondly, they are little guys playing a big man’s sport, so a lot of collisions they have are with bigger guys, and the results often aren’t pretty . . .

Backup ILB Jabari Lattimore, a former Green Bay Packer, is having a very good camp. He is a very good coverage linebacker who gets his hands on a lot of passes, like a pass over the short middle to Chris Ivory today.

He’s clearly been the best coverage linebacker in camp.

He also recovered a fumble.

He’s making himself very hard to cut. I think he makes it . . .

While Geno Smith has a better arm, Ryan Fitzpatrick clearly makes quicker decisions. As a 10-year veteran, Fitzpatrick clearly processing what he’s seeing faster than Smith, who is entering just his third season . . .

Quincy Enunwa continues to have a good camp.

He reminds me of a poor man’s Anquan Boldin (San Francisco 49ers) – 6-2, 225, not the fastest guy, but fast enough, and does terrific work on contested balls. He’s also very smart, so he picks things up quickly . . .

I can see why Mike Maccagnan took a flyer on wide receiver Austin Hill right before camp. You can see the talent. He’s a smooth, 6-3, 212-pounder, with very good hands. To me, watching him up close, he’s a second round-type talent, who fell through the cracks in the draft process due to concerns about his knees . . .

August 7, 2015

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