Monday, June 16, 2014
W2W4: Jets mandatory minicamp
By Rich Cimini
The New York Jets open a three-day, mandatory minicamp Tuesday, the final phase of their offseason program. Their next time on the field will be July 24, the first training-camp practice in Cortland, New York.
A few of the top minicamp storylines:
1. Geno's exclamation point: Geno Smith can cap a positive offseason with a strong performance over the next three days. Rex Ryan loves the way the Smith-Michael Vick dynamic is working out, with Smith benefitting from Vick's presence and experience. Of course, it's only June. The landscape changes in training camp, when the scrutiny (and pressure) become more intense.
2. Kiddie corps: Fourth-round pick Shaq Evans returns to the team after missing organized team activities due to school obligations. Obviously, he's behind his fellow rookie receivers, fourth rounder Jalen Saunders and sixth rounder Quincy Enunwa. Evans has the most complete skill set of the three (scouts say he plays faster than his 40 time), so it'll be nice to get an extended look at him. The rookies are being hit with a lot of new material from the playbook, so there will be plenty of hiccups. Wide receiver is the quintissential John Idzik position because of the intense competition; so many roles and jobs are up in the air.
3. Mystery man: Troubled running back Mike Goodson, who skipped the voluntary portion of the offseason, is expected to attend, according to Ryan. According to the CBA, any player that skips the mandatory minicamp is subject to nearly $70,000 in fines. A cryptic Ryan said last week he hadn't heard from Goodson, who still faces a gun-possession charge stemming from his arrest last May. Goodson is eight months removed from major knee surgery, so he probably won't be cleared until training camp -- if he's still on the team.
4. Revamped secondary: There have been rumors about the Jets pursuing former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers, but don't hold your breath, folks. Idzik prefers young, homegrown players that don't eat up a lot of cap space. It's possible that four of the top six defensive backs this season will be first-, second- and third-year players -- Dee Milliner, Antonio Allen, Calvin Pryor and Dexter McDougle. Maybe, if the kids stink it up in minicamp, he'll consider Flowers, but it probably would take an injury to projected starter Dimitri Patterson. Curious to see if Pryor and Allen continue to take first-team reps in minicamp, with Dawan Landry backing up.