CORTLAND, N.Y. –- The New York Jets completed their seventh day of practice of 2012 training camp. The AFC East blog is at Jets camp this week to check out the action.
Here are some observations:
The Jets' defense looked really good on Friday. New York, which finished fifth in the NFL on defense last year, was flying around the football and made it tough on Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Sanchez finished 5 for 12 with a touchdown and Tebow was 3 for 6 on mostly short completions in 11 on 11 drills. Sanchez also was sacked once. There also weren't many running lanes for New York's running backs, as well. Overall, I thought the defense won a pretty lopsided battle in practice.
Jets receivers did make it a point to go at starting cornerback Antonio Cromartie in practice. During one on ones, three consecutive receivers ran a “nine” or “fly” route in an effort to beat Cromartie deep. Rookie receiver Stephen Hill caught a nice deep ball from Sanchez over Cromartie in that drill. Receiver Patrick Turner also caught the offense’s only touchdown against Cromartie in team drills, and the entire offense celebrated. Cromartie spoke after practice and said he didn't regret or cared to take back his comments against the receivers. But Cromartie feels his comments were taken the wrong way in the media. By the way, Cromartie took one snap at receiver.
The Jets were in full pads Friday, and the two biggest hits of the day came from safety Yeremiah Bell and linebacker Bart Scott. Both players put a good shot on Jets starting running back Shonn Greene and knocked him to the ground.
Speaking of Scott, he did a lot of talking in practice. Scott particularly gave the quarterbacks a hard time in an effort to get into their head. It’s hard to say if it was working, but the Jets’ offense did struggle.
New York worked three players at punt return Friday: tailback Joe McKnight, cornerback Kyle Wilson and backup receiver Dexter Jackson. Receiver Jeremy Kerley also is in the mix but missed Friday’s practice with a hamstring injury.
Tebow did fare better in 7 on 7 drills Friday. He was 4 for 5, although three of his completions were fewer than 10 yards.