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Tuesday Camp Whispers. Here we go . . .
Neville Hewitt, who is taking over for Avery Williamson, flashed in practice today.
On back-to-back plays, he had a PD on a deep out to TE Daniel Brown, and then stopped RB Le’Veon Bell for a loss.
Hewitt is a smart, instinctive, tough football player. The Jets should be fine with Hewitt taking over for Williamson . . .
Marcus Maye, finally practicing full following shoulder surgery and then a nerve issue, had a couple of hits today with a some pop. First in a DB drills where defensive backs wrap up each other as they practice tackling technique. He showed no hesitation in this drill. He also stopped Le’Veon Bell on a running play and actually took the runner to ground . . .
Brian Winters continue to sit out with a shoulder injury, and Alex Lewis continues to start at right guard.
Lewis had a nice play today when he pulled to the second level and took out a linebacker on a screen to Bell.
You have to wonder what is going through the minds of the Jets’ decision-maker about this right guard spot. Lewis, who had 18 career starts in Baltimore, is a good player, and probably comparable to Winters. Maybe it’s wrong to assume that the new brass will just hand Winters back the job when he’s healthy . . .
A guy who keeps catching my eye is cornerback Alex Brown, who was claimed on waivers from Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago.
He is a rookie free agent from South Carolina State, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by San Francisco, was waived, claimed by Philadelphia, waived, and claimed by the Jets.
He is a little skinny (170 pounds), but that doesn’t stop him from throwing his body around. And he has great speed (4.41), so he can mirror receivers running down field, like he did today on a pass down the deep right sideline to speedster J.J. Jones.
This guy isn’t bad. My guess as to why he was waived in the other spots is that he’s so thin, but it’s clear watching him he’s got talent.
The Jets need to work with him to put more meat on this bones with nutrition and in the weight room . . .
The Jets intend on playing Sam Darnold a half and one third quarter series.
This is pretty common for the QB in the third preseason game.
But you have to wonder if the state of the Jets O-Line could impact this decison.
Four new starters right now with Lewis, Ryan Kalil, Tom Compton and Chuma Edoga.
Lewis, Kalil and Compton are all season professionals so that shouldn’t be much of a concern.
If I were Adam Gase, I’d have a slight concern if Edoga has to start at right tackle. I like him as a prospect, but he has a lot of work to do, and I saw him get beat off the edge for a QB pressure today by Brandon Copeland. And the Saints have a good defensive line, and let’s not forget a lot of NFL teams are lining up top rushers over right tackle these days.
The Jets need to be careful here and keep a close eye on how Edoga does if he has to fill in for Brandon Shell.
Though it’s possible Shell could start. I saw him today walking fine and with no brace on his knee. He had a knee scare pregame in Atlanta . . .
RB Jalin Moore, who has been on the reserve/non-football injury list since the spring, still has a locker with all this stuff in it.
I’m not sure what is wrong with him. If I find out, I will let you know . . .
August 20, 2019
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