Monday, August 5, 2013
What we learned on Day 12
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Observations from the press box:
1. A new workhorse: Unless Chris Ivory and his cranky hamstring get on the practice field real soon, the Jets' No. 1 running back to open the season will be Bilal Powell. Many figured he'd be No. 3 in the pecking order, behind Ivory and Mike Goodson, but Ivory is injured and Goodson is nowhere to be found. Powell is capitalizing on his chance. Mark Sanchez called him "one of the most underrated players in the league. ... He's lighting this camp on fire." Powell has always been a Jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none kind of back. This summer, he's changing the perception.
2. Moving on up: Rookie CB Dee Milliner has been practicing for less than a week and he already is listed as a starter on the first official depth chart, released late Monday. Nothing against Milliner, who has terrific potential, but this is more of a reflection on Kyle Wilson than anything else. This is Wilson's fourth year and he hasn't lived up to expectations as a first-round pick. If the Jets felt comfortable with Wilson as a starter, they wouldn't have drafted Milliner at No. 9 overall. Wilson is where he should be -- a nickel back.
3. Can't count on Winslow: According to Rex Ryan, TE Kellen Winslow didn't practice because of The Plan -- his scaled-back regimen, designed to save on wear and tear. But this marked three straight days of rest, and that should raise the reg flags. What does it say that he didn't practice after two consecutive off days? The "pitch count" helps Winslow, but it hurts continuity on offense.