Thursday, August 2, 2012
Practice report: Holmes sits, Tebow stars
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Santonio Holmes, suffering from what he described as general leg soreness and tightness, sat out Thursday as the Jets continued to practice with an injury-plagued receiving corps.
Holmes, speaking to reporters afterward, offered little insight into his condition, saying only that he'll return when he gets the go-ahead from the trainers. He said there was no need to push it because the emphasis in practice was on short-yardage and goal-line.
TACKLE FOOTBALL: For the first time in camp, the Jets conducted live drills in goal-line and short yardage. With Mark Sanchez at QB, the offense scored on two of three plays (not counting a false-start penalty) inside the 5. Sanchez scored on a play-action boot and RB Shonn Greene scored on a 2-yard dive. Greene also was stuffed for no gain.
With Tim Tebow at quarterback, the second-team offense scored on three of four plays, the lone hiccup a fumble by rookie RB Terrance Ganaway. Tebow scored on a play-action boot, threw a short TD to Josh Baker on a play-action rollout and -- in the moment of the day -- ran up the middle for a TD out of the Wildcat formation. Tebow, in shotgun, took a direct snap, fake a handoff and ran a power play up the middle -- the first Wildcat play of camp.
TEBOW STARS: This may have been Tebow's best practice in terms of throwing the ball. In team drills, he completed two of three passes. In 7-on-7 drills, he was 5-for-6. He saw the field well, threw nice spirals and didn't take forever to release the ball. Maybe the QB clock helped; they used a buzzer to help the quarterbacks speed up their delivery.
BRINGING THE HEAT: It doesn't look like the defense will have to surrender the coveted black jerseys anytime soon. The first- and second-team units used heavy blitzing to generate serious pressure on Sanchez and Tebow. Unofficially, Sanchez was sacked twice, Tebow three times.
The sacks were recorded by OLB Aaron Maybin (two), CB Ellis Lankster, OLB Ricky Sapp and S Antonio Allen. At times, it was a jailbreak, as the offense really struggled with its protection schemes. There were free rushers coming from all angles. On one play, Maybin almost hit Sanchez out of the pocket (QBs are off limits). CB Darrelle Revis must have said something to Maybin because the loud linebacker barked back at Revis, insisting he didn't touch Sanchez.
INJURY REPORT: Aside from Holmes, WR Chaz Schilens (groin) and S LaRon Landry (foot) were among those that didn't practice. Landry worked off to the sideline, running long sprints during practice ... NT Kenrick Ellis hurt his leg in goal line and limped off, but he returned ... RB Joe McKnight returned to practice after a bout with food poisoning.
TEMPERS FLARE: There were a couple of minor scuffles in practice. Rookie DT Damon Harrison got into it with OT Austin Howard, with Maybin jumping into the fray. Order was quickly restored.
THIS AND THAT: Howard continued to get reps at right tackle, although incumbent Wayne Hunter still got the bulk of the work ... Bad practice for Ganaway, who had a fumble and a dropped pass. He's getting some work at fullback.