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.
- Reserve offensive lineman Clint Oldenberg in the second session suffered a right leg injury that seemed serious. He couldn't put any weight on the leg, needing two trainers to help him off the field.
- QB Kellen Clemens threw two interceptions Monday, including one to end the morning session. Two plays into a situational drill -- 47 seconds left in the game and down by six points -- Clemens threw directly to CB Drew Coleman. In the second practice he lobbed a ball intended for TE Dustin Keller, who mistimed his leap and allowed CB Justin Miller to make the easy pick.
- Miller has three interceptions this camp, including a pair on Friday.
- The Jets are working on deceptive cadences, and the offensive line is misfiring. The big guys struggled with false starts. Big-ticket free agents Alan Faneca and Damien Woody each had one. Oldenberg committed another. All three were sentenced to punishment laps.
"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."
- Mangini still hasn't decided who will start Thursday's preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns. He insisted observers shouldn't read anything into his decision.
"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."
- It won't be rookie QB Erik Ainge. The fifth-round draft pick has been shaky all camp and could be in jeopardy of not making the roster. He has been outplayed by last year's practice squad QB, Brett Ratliff. Ainge ran the 2-minute drill to close practice and didn't look too swell, but he did complete a 43-yard Hail Mary pass to Wallace Wright for a touchdown with no time left on the clock.