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Monday, August 4, 2008
Observations from Jets camp


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The New York Jets just wrapped up their late session at Hofstra University. It was my first look at the Jets on the practice field after catching Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage.

"They happen," Faneca said. "You're thinking about things and trying to work on something specifically for the day, and they're going to pop up. That's OK as long as they happen on the practice field and not in a game."

Jets coach Eric Mangini has emphasized hard counts and quick counts for his quarterbacks.

"Cadence can be such a weapon if you can do it well," Mangini said. Mixing it up provides "the ability to quick count, which means the defense has to be set the second that you get there; the hard count, which means that they have to hold their water, not jump offsides, and a lot of times the coverage of the actual defense declares the ability to audible.

"So there's a lot of different things and a lot of information going on, but nothing can work unless the snap count works, and the better we are at it, the more of an advantage it is offensively because we know what it is."

"I'll look at it, marinate on it and make a decision," he said. "But it won't be any sort of earth-shattering news."