Jets Camp Report: Day 3
July, 26, 2014
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of New York Jets training camp:
- Top pick suffers possible concussion: Calvin Pryor came to the Jets with a reputation for delivering punishment, but he was on the receiving end Saturday in the first full-pads practice. The hard-hitting safety was knocked out of the first contact practice before getting a chance to strut his stuff on defense. He suffered a head injury while blocking as the personal protector (Tim Tebow's old spot) on the punt team. The team said Pryor was being evaluated for a possible concussion. I'm no doctor, but I think it's a good sign that he returned from the locker room to watch the rest of practice. You never want to see a player sustain a concussion, especially someone at a position involved in so many collisions. With Pryor on the sideline, Dawan Landry and Antonio Allen worked as the starting safety tandem. Allen delivered a nice hit on running back Chris Ivory, knocking him out of bounds on an outside run.
- And on the third day : Chris Johnson rested. It wasn't a total day off -- he participated in positional drills -- but he was kept out of the heavy stuff. He'll probably get a break every third day. It's a smart move. It makes no sense to push a player of Johnson's stature, coming off knee surgery, in the early stages of training camp. It doesn't matter what he does in Cortland in late July. The objective is to have him humming on all cylinders Sept. 7, the season opener.
- Slick Vick: Michael Vick, who admitted he was mediocre in the offseason camps, has raised his game in training camp. He completed 14 of 17 passes over the last two practices, working primarily with the second team and facing mostly the second-team defense. It's too early to make any definitive statements, but the quarterback situation is working out exactly the way the Jets had hoped. Vick is keeping the pressure on Geno Smith, who has responded nicely. Now, if it stays this way for the entire season, it'll be a controversy-free team. But what are the chances of that happening?
- On guard: In terms of positional battles, quarterback and safety are getting the most pub, but what about guard? Oday Aboushi continues to impress the coaches, shining in a 9-on-7 drill. What happens when Willie Colon returns to action, which should be any day? Ryan all but handed a starting job to Colon (no shock there), meaning Aboushi and Brian Winters could be competing for left guard. The edge goes to Winters, but don't write it in ink just yet. Rookie Dakota Dozier appeared on the radar screen with a strong practice, so there's that.