Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Practice report: Geno reigns, Vick all wet
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- A few takeaways from Tuesday's New York Jets practice:
Wet and wild: Some players thrive in poor conditions, some players don't. On a windy and rainy day, with no spectators in the stands (practice was closed because of the weather), quarterback Geno Smith threw the ball exceptionally well. Taking 19 of the 21 first-team reps, Smith completed five of 11 passes, including two drops. He and wide receiver Eric Decker, who returned on a limited basis after missing three days with a quadriceps injury, hooked up for a 10-yard touchdown in a red zone drill.
Conversely, Michael Vick (4-for-12, two sacks) struggled mightily. Afterward, he said he couldn't remember the last time he practiced in such windy and rainy conditions. He said, "It was different. It took a while to get used to it. It wasn't one of my better practices, by any means, but I got through it." He was under pressure at times, no doubt contributing to his sloppy day.
It also was a bad day for wide receiver Stephen Hill, who had two drops and a borderline third drop. On the first play of team drills, he beat safety-turned-cornerback Antonio Allen on a deep post, but he dropped what should've been a touchdown. Later, a pass clanged off his hands on a crossing route. The enigmatic Hill got off to a fast start in camp, but he has faded over the past week. Said Rex Ryan: "Obviously, we have to catch the ball better in these conditions."
Overall, Ryan was pleased with the tempo of practice. It was spirited, no doubt, particularly in the red zone drill. He said they "needed a wet day" in camp to get acclimated to adverse weather.
Cumby hurt: Tight end Jeff Cumberland left practice with tightness in his Achilles' tendon, according to Ryan, who described it as a minor injury. It's not his surgically repaired Achilles.
Double-A, Day 2: On his second day as a cornerback, Antonio Allen came back to earth a bit, getting beat by Decker for a touchdown. Decker is a crafty receiver, a tough cover for Allen, who got beat on a quick post. The star of the secondary was Ellis Lankster, who started opposite Allen for the second day in a row. Lankster broke up a pass on back-to-back plays, and it also appears he may have tipped a deep sideline route to Hill.
Allen is expected to start Saturday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to Ryan. He wasn't ready to say Lankster will start. It could be Darrin Walls on that side.
No Pryor restraint: Rookie safety Calvin Pryor, known for his hard-hitting style, unloaded on wide receiver Saalim Hakim -- Hakim held on to the ball. Pryor, working his way back after missing more than a week with a concussion, got a couple of first-team reps. He will play extensively against the Bengals, including time with the starters.
Medical report: Running back Chris Ivory (ribs) sat for the fourth straight day, but is expected to play against the Bengals. ... Cornerback Dimitri Patterson (quadrieceps, calf, ankle) sat again. He appears to be getting close, as he was running sprints off to the side. ... Cornerback Ras-I Dowling (groin) is a new injury. He didn't practice. ... Cornerback Jeremy Reeves (knee) was limited to positional drills. ... Obviously, cornerback Dee Milliner (ankle) didn't work. He still hasn't taken an MRI exam, according to Ryan, who said they still don't know whether it's a high- or low-ankle sprain. ... After a rest day, running back Chris Johnson returned to team drills.
Odds and ends: Rookie Tajh Boyd enjoyed his best day of camp, leading the third-team offense on a touchdown drive. He hit tight end Chris Pantale for the touchdown. ... "Sacks" were recorded by defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, linebacker A.J. Edds and linebacker Garrett McIntyre. ... Rookie wide receiver Quincy Enunwa had a drop.