Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Notes from Jets minicamp
By James Walker
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets held their first mandatory minicamp practice at the team's training facility Tuesday. The AFC East blog was there to take in all the action.
Here are some news and notes:
- It was a hot-and-cold day for the quarterbacks. I thought starter Mark Sanchez had the most consistent day. Sanchez threw some beautiful passes in team drills. He completed three touchdown throws to tight end Dustin Keller and receivers Royce Pollard and Chaz Schilens. The catch by Schilens was particularly impressive, because he made a leaping catch over Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis, which doesn’t happen often. Tim Tebow had an up-and-down day but made a couple of nice throws, as well.
- Revis briefly spoke about his contract but didn’t want to make a big issue of it. "The situation will take care of itself," Revis said. The cornerback still said he can't answer whether he will be on time for training camp but pointed out that he’s been in workouts every day so far.
- The injury list was lengthy, but there weren’t many serious ailments to report. Among the key players who did not practice were receiver Santonio Holmes (hamstring), safety LaRon Landry (Achilles) and rookie second-round pick Stephen Hill (hamstring). Hill said he wasn’t sure if he would be able to participate in minicamp this week.
- Holmes suffered his hamstring injury last week, when he made headlines by pulling himself out of practice. He was criticized for it, but the injury was legit. Jets head coach Rex Ryan said veteran players know when something doesn't feel right. Holmes was inactive for a while after a trip to Germany to visit troops.
- Finally, New York rookie first-round pick Quinton Coples stood out on a few plays. He nearly picked off Sanchez near the line of scrimmage on one play but dropped the ball. He did pushups after the drop. Coples also zipped around the corner for a would-be sack of Sanchez in team drills.