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With the addition of Alijah Vera-Tucker
obviously Alex Lewis isn’t going to be the Jets starting left guard, but from what I’m hearing, he’s getting work at right guard, which would makes you think he’s in a competition with Greg Van Roten for that starting job. Dan Feeney is seemingly the reserve left guard right now.
Lewis is working hard to get comfortable at right guard, a position, I’m not sure he’s played. At Nebraska he was a left tackle, and with the Baltimore Ravens, and then Jets, he was a left guard. At Colorado, where he started his college career, he was a tight end and then left tackle.
Moving from one side to the other on the line isn’t that easy, because you have to change all your hand and foot placements.
After practice today, DT Nathan Shepherd was nice enough to spend some time going against Lewis, as he put in extra work for his right guard positioning . . .
Practice ended with rookie cornerback Isaiah Dunn breaking up a pass in the end zone. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t watch a lot of Oregon State games the last few years, but watching this guy in the spring , and now in camp, it’s very surprising he went undrafted.
Clearly a big reason he went undrafted was due to having no interceptions in college, but he’s broken up a number of passes in the spring and summer. I know picks are important, but so are defensed passes, and he’s had a number of PDs in Jets practices.
We will see what he does in real games, but it looks like the Jets have something here . . .
As I’m sure most of you heard by now, Zach Wilson had a rough practice today, at least from standpoint of media and fan observers – a lot of incompletions and a bad pick to Marcus Maye, on a pass into heavy coverage over the deep middle.
But this falls into the category of “What did you expect?” He hasn’t practiced with the team since mid-June, missed the first two practices, and then came to town on a red-eye flight.
I’m not hear to make excuses for the kid, but if he practices this way in late August, that will be a problem, but not now . . .
Mike White had a couple elite throws today.
One was on a deep crossing route to Keelan Coles (who has velcro hands), and a laser on a cross route in the back of the end zone to Jeff Smith.
White continues to look good – very confident going through his progression scans . . .
Finally getting to see Jonathan Marshall in action, after he missed the spring with an undisclosed injury. I say undisclosed, not because it wasn’t being hidden, but I don’t think anybody asked about it.
Perhaps a little antsy to make up for lost time, he was called for an off-sides penalty in the team period today . . .
Both Trevon Wesco and Ryan Griffin are outstanding blocking tight ends, and you saw their skill on display today on a run off right tackle, where he each pancaked a defender on the same plays, opening a huge hole . . .
It was very windy today, creating a big challenge for the placekickers – Sam Ficken and Chris Naggar – and both were a little inconsistent. It was a good challenge for each, considering how windy it can be in the Meadowlands-area. Ficken obviously has experienced the tricky winds of MetLife Stadium, and Naggar will find out soon . . .
One of the the things that made Tevin Coleman attractive to teams in the 2015 draft, was his 4.4 speed, and watching him practice, even after six years in the league, and some wear-and-tear, he looks like he hasn’t lost any speed. He’s the perfect zoner runner – he puts his foot in the ground and explodes up field, without any dancing.
July 30, 2021
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