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Florham Park – A lot of stuff to get into today, some receiver stuff, some tight end stuff, some injury stuff and other stuff . . .
Just to give you a sense of how the receivers are stacking up in the minds of the Jets’ offensive staff – when the team went to a four wide receiver set today, it was Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa and Chris Owusu (who returned to practice today). Obviously Jeremy Kerley is out with a concussion, but this might have been the look even with him around . . .
Speedy WR T.J. Graham continues to have a very good camp. Man, the Jets are going to have some tough decisions to make a receiver.
With Enunwa and Owusu emerging, Kerley, Walter Powell having a good camp, Saalim Hakim having a solid summer (and he’s the team’s gunner), Shaq Evans, DeVier Posey; the list goes on.
And let’s not forget Devin Smtih. I’d put Smith on the in-season IR list designated for return. You don’t want him starting his first season in the NFL favoring bad ribs. Remember, while a very talented receiver at Ohio State, he wasn’t known for his physicality on the college level. He was more of a finesse guy. You don’t want a guy like this going out there with bad ribs from jump street. Plus, he’s gotten almost no reps this summer, so he’s way behind on the learning curve.
The Jets have plenty of talent of receiver without him. Let him get his ribs back to 100 percent before he comes back.
I’d put Evans on the practice squad. He’s another guy who needs to get healthy. Remember, he had a rib injury before suffering a hyper-extended back on that ugly play against Atlanta. He is really, really banged up. While he did come back to practice today, I could see him hobbling when he ran back to the huddle after plays . . .
Arthur Lynch caught the ball pretty well today. I might have shortchanged him a little the other day when I pigeon-holed him as a blocking tight end. He was active today in the receiving game . . .
Some people have questioned whether there was ever a legitimate competition for the right guard spot since Willie Colon has basically been getting all the starting reps for the last three weeks.
Todd Bowles continues to say there is, but Willie is clearly the best option. It’s a no-brainer, and they know it . . .
NFL practices can be truly dehumanizing sometimes.
Rookie defensive lineman Jordan Williams went down with what looked like a right knee injury. He was engaged with an offensive tackle, and his leg gave up.
Within seconds of him going down, a coach yells, “We need another defensive tackle (to replace Williams on the field).”
Hey, I’m not saying the coach did anything wrong, but imagine crumbling to the ground with a knee injury, and hearing that as you are lying there?
It’s kind of like when NFL teams send players shipping the day after an injury with an injury settlement.
It’s kind of like being tossed in a dumpster . . .
Really smart move by Brian Winters.
Early this evening, the PR department brought Darrelle Revis outside the press room to talk to reporters.
While the interview was going on, Winters came out of the player’s cafeteria, which is next to the press room, with a motorcycle helmet on, and he was going to take off, with a few other players, who have motorcycles. You can see the vehicles in the back of Revis in the photo above.
He saw the reporters, and headed back into the cafeteria, with the other bikers.
If the reporters had seen the Jets heading off on motorcycles, the way things are today, it would have been a blog item.
Perhaps followed by questions tomorrow, “Todd is it dangerous for players to ride motorcycles?”
So the guys waited until the reporters went back into the press room before jumping on their bikes and leaving.
August 26, 2015
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