Friday, August 2, 2013
What we learned on Day 9
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Observations from the press box:
1. Gotta go to Mo: From a media standpoint, DE Muhammad Wilkerson is having a relatively quiet camp. Most of the attention has focused on the quarterbacks, the running backs and the quotable pass catchers, Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow. But on the field, Wilkerson is making plenty of noise. On Friday, he dominated the point of attack in a live goal-line drill. He tends to get overlooked because he doesn't say a whole lot, but Wilkerson is one of the best players on the team and a rising star in the league. Hopefully, he doesn't become one of those take-him-for-granted players.
2. Safety in numbers: The other starting job at safety -- the guy not named Dawan Landry -- still remains up in the air. Antonio Allen has been taking most of the reps with the first unit, but he hasn't put a stranglehold on the position. On Friday, we saw Jaiquawn Jarrett get a lot of work with the starters, including the starting nickel package. Jarrett is an interesting guy. He was a second-round pick of the Eagles in 2011, but he was cut in 2012. It's unusual for a second-rounder to get dumped that quickly. The Jets signed him to a reserve-future contract the day after the '12 season ended, so technically, he was discovered by the Mike Tannenbaum regime. Landry may be the only starting-caliber safety on the roster, but Jarrett is getting a chance to show he belongs.
3. Saturday night's all right: The Jets will hold their annual Green & White scrimmage Saturday night at SUNY Cortland, and you can already tell there will be too much attention focused on the performances of Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith. It's only a scrimmage, folks. The quarterback doesn't get hit, and you can't evaluate a quarterback until he faces the prospect of getting bashed in the mouth. Yes, we might learn a thing or two about Smith, but let's remember to keep it in perspective.