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Florham Park – The Jets finished their second OTA practice session Wednesday afternoon. There is plenty to go over, so let’s get right to it. . .
One of the most impressive players on the field was wide receiver Walter Powell, who showed his athleticism in a number of different drills. He rotated with Chris Owusu as the first-team kick returner, displaying his quick first step and nice field vision.
He also made several nice catches in team and seven-on-seven drills and always finished the play by running into the end zone after a catch.
Powell was the team’s returner for punts and kicks in four games last season before losing his job after the team acquired Percy Harvin. . .
First-round pick Leonard Williams, who dominated the team’s rookie minicamp two weeks ago, made a nice impression while rotating in with the first and second team. On back-to-back plays during team drills he was able to tip passes . . .
Linebacker Jamari Lattimore, who is known for his play on special teams, showed that he could potentially do more than just that for the Jets.
During team drills he made a nice break on a ball and nearly intercepted a pass thrown by Matt Simms. Two plays later he undercut a route and picked off Simms.
Pass coverage by linebackers was a major issue for the defense last season. With no live contact allowed, you need to take things with a grain of salt, but Lattimore’s natural coverage instincts, and ability in space, is definitely a positive sign for the Jets.
Safety Calvin Pryor, who started with the first team, took several nice angles on running plays. Although unable to hit the offensive players, taking the right angles to square up for a hit is still important this time of year. . .
The offense threw several deep balls during the course of the practice, though none of them were intended for second-round pick Devin Smith, who made a habit of catching deep passes during his time at Ohio State.
Instead, Smith ran shorter routes like hitches, slants and screens during, perhaps to aid in his route tree development.
He also needs to fine-tune his footwork and blocking technique to become more than just a deep threat receiver. . .
The defense won the day on all deep passes. The offense did not complete a single one. Cornerback Marcus Williams made a nice play on a pass thrown by Ryan Fitzpatrick to Quincy Enunwa, deflecting the ball away from the receiver. . .
Stevan Ridley, who is recovering from an ACL tear, participated in positional drills, which is a sign that his rehab is progressing well. . .
Cornerback Dexter McDougle, who spent all of last season on injured reserve, got some work during special teams, positional and team drills. He said the coaches were trying to ease him back, but added he is excited to get back to work. . .
Jets coach Todd Bowles mentioned the importance of playing smart situational football during his introductory press conference. He showed the importance of that Wednesday when the first and second team offense failed to score a touchdown during a two-minute drill.
He made all offensive players run wind sprints while the defense watched from the sideline. . .
May 20, 2015
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