Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Practice report: Tebow thrills MetLife crowd
By Jane McManus
Tim Tebow may not have dominated the day, but he did make the most anticipated throw of the day.
As the Jets opened camp to their fans at MetLife Stadium -- this was the day they were slated to go back to Hofstra but construction interfered -- all of the quarterbacks got into an informal competition.
The goal was to throw the ball into a yellow garbage can about 25 yards away. It was cute at first but although Tebow, Mark Sanchez, Matt Simms and Greg McElroy got close at times, round after round went by and no one hit the “receiver.”
Finally, fans cheered as Tebow nailed it after somewhere between 10 and 15 attempts, and a hundred jokes were launched about general manager Mike Tannenbaum scouring the free-agent market for a garbage can.
A lot of 11s: Sanchez got the bulk of the reps, and ended up 12-for-23 with three sacks and two interceptions. Yeremiah Bell got a pass meant for Patrick Turner and Darrelle Revis stole one intended for Royce Pollard.
Tebow ended up 5-for-9 with three sacks.
That's a total of six sacks in the practice after allowing seven against the Giants, but there was no Wayne Hunter to blame this time. The team’s right tackle was excused from practice after being in team meetings during the day.
Neither quarterback got the ball into the end zone in the situational team drills.
On the mend: WR Santonio Holmes was in some drills, though not the team stuff, and wore the red jersey signifying no contact. WR Jeremy Kerley was in as well for a time. Chaz Schilens rode the bike, but Jets coach Rex Ryan said he was doing well despite a high ankle sprain. Ricky Sapp has the same injury, and Ryan said neither Sapp not Schilens is expected to play on Sunday.
LB Calvin Pace missed practice because of a dental issue. He is expected back at the team’s next practice.
Ellis won’t face NFL suspension: The league will not come down on Jets DT Kenrick Ellis, who has served the first half of a split sentence after being charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.
“I’m really excited about how Kenrick is playing and I’m glad to hear that,” Ryan said.
Ellis served the first part of his jail term before training camp and will complete the term after the NFL season is over.
Down Hill: Stephen Hill saw a lot of balls come his way but didn’t grab many. During some long passing drills without coverage, Hill dropped passes from Tebow and Sanchez in the end zone. One fan even heckled, “Ladies and gentlemen, that's our backup.”
Hill may not exactly be the backup, but the Jets look thin at the position given injuries to Holmes and Kerley.
Bring the May-hem: Ryan lauded linebacker Aaron Maybin, and the defense, once the practice concluded.
“Clearly our second defense dominated the practice. Maybin probably had about six sacks something like that.”
Kick ball: Kickers Nick Folk and Josh Brown are in a tight race, and had another close day trading kicks at the conclusion of practice.
“Both of these guys are nailing it,” Ryan said. “Both of them will kick in this league this year, there is no doubt about it. Only one obviously is going to kick for us, but it is great competition.”