Sunday, August 4, 2013
The Snap: Training camp, Day 11
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The Jets are off Sunday. The coaches will use the day to evaluate Saturday night's scrimmage, perhaps tweaking the depth chart before returning Monday morning to the practice field.
Some issues surrounding the team:
1. Mark vs. Geno: Based on the current quarterback rotation, Mark Sanchez will lead the starters Monday and Tuesday, Geno Smith on Wednesday. The coaches, of course, could tweak the rotation, based on which quarterback they plan to start in the first preseason game, next Friday in Detroit.
2. Running-back depth: Bilal Powell was the unofficial MVP of the scrimmage, but the coaches will feel a lot better about the backfield when Chris Ivory (hamstring) returns. The hope is he can return early in the week. Also remember, Joe McKnight is suffering from concussion-like symptoms and could miss a couple of days, maybe more. Powell and John Griffin will continue to get most of the reps.
3. Summer of Vlad: You can't get rid of Vladimir Ducasse. With Stephen Peterman (shoulder) and rookie Brian Winters (ankle) nursing injuries -- Winters was hurt in the scrimmage -- Ducasse could see first-team reps at left guard in practice. Speaking of line depth, they could be scrambling for a backup center. Dalton Freeman, an impressive undrafted rookie, is out indefinitely with a high-ankle sprain. Caleb Schlauderaff, one of former GM Mike Tannenbaum's favorite players, looked awful in the scrimmage, sailing a shotgun snap way out of Sanchez's reach. They need Nick Mangold insurance.
4. Dee's role: After missing the offseason due to shoulder surgery, and the first few days of camp because of a contract dispute, first-round CB Dee Milliner is on the fast track. He's already involved in the starting nickel package. He could have an increased role in the base, challenging Kyle Wilson.