FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- A daily review of the hot topics from New York Jets training camp:
The Quinton Coples-Jason Babin situation at "rush" linebacker -- sharing first-team reps -- is similar to the quarterback position. The Jets went into the offseason wanting to give Geno Smith every opportunity to be the starter, but they signed a cagey, old vet -- Michael Vick -- for insurance and some competition. It's the same deal with Coples and Babin, except they can both play because it's linebacker. Believe me, once the Jets get a look at Babin on first and second down, they'll have Coples back in his regular role. As one opposing scout said of Babin, "He's not real good versus the run at the point of attack."
Wide receiver Eric Decker (quadriceps) returned to practice on a limited basis, which is good news for the offense. This is a big week for Decker, Geno Smith and the passing game, as they prepare for the all-important third preseason game. Last week was a lost week. Now, Decker and Smith are in catch-up mode, trying to sharpen their timing as the regular season draws closer.
After an impressive debut, rookie safety Calvin Pryor got more work with the starters than usual. Basically, he rotated with Jaiquawn Jarrett in the spot alongside Dawan Landry. It's only a matter of time before Pryor claims the starting job. I say throw him out there with the starters Friday night against the New York Giants. What do they have to lose?
There wasn't much Jets-Giants chatter in the locker room, although Smith did have this to say about the annual preseason contest: "We all know about that Snoopy Trophy and we want to win every single game." Sorry, but I have to laugh whenever a player refers to the Snoopy Trophy.
It was good to see Jalen Saunders back on the practice field, albeit in a spectator role. The rookie wide receiver still hasn't been cleared to return after his one-car accident last Friday, which left him in a hospital for two nights. The Jets haven't commented on the "medical event" (from the police report) that caused the accident. Saunders soon will have an opportunity to provide clarity; he's expected to address the media Tuesday or Wednesday.