Working the kinks out in the spring

An interesting dynamic in football practices is there are two sides to every play – one side good, one side bad.

In Wednesday’s practice, wide receiver Allen Lazard got behind the secondary and was wide open for a deep touchdown, but Aaron Rodgers overthrew him.

Clearly people will be first to attack Lazard on this play for not running under the pass, but he’s not a burner, more of a power receiver at 6-5, 227.

But forget about Lazard for a second. The bigger question is how Lazard got behind the entire Jets starting secondary. There was perhaps a blown coverage.

After the play, some of the secondary players chatted about what happened.

That is what the spring is for – not style points, but for players to get on the same page.

Remember, the Jets have a new starting safety in Chuck Clark, who they traded for last spring, but he missed his entire first season with the Jets after suffering a torn ACL in a 2023 OTA practice.

Absolutely not blaming Clark for this busted coverage. I have no idea whose fault it was, but making the point about how important these spring practices are in developing chemistry on both sides of the ball.


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