Thursday, August 22, 2013
Practice report: Another good day for Geno
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Because of rain, the Jets went indoors Thursday for their final training camp practice. And it was another good day for QB Geno Smith, who took the majority of the reps and received praise from quarterbacks coach David Lee.
"Today was by far the quickest and the best he's looked," said Lee, referring to Smith's fundamentals -- specifically, his footwork.
Our unofficial practice stats are misleading because this was a late-in-the-week session, meaning it was game plan-specific without the usual camp intensity. There also was a heavy emphasis on goal line, which explains the inflated touchdown totals.
Smith was 5-for-6 with five touchdowns and one drop. Mark Sanchez was sharp as well, going 4-for-4 with one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown.
The rookie practiced the entire week with the first team and will start Saturday night against the Giants. Sanchez also will see time in the game.
SUMMER OF VLAD: It took four years, but former second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse has a legitimate chance to win a starting job at left guard. He continued to practice with the starters and will start against the Giants, Rex Ryan announced. The reason is twofold: The coaches believe he's earned a shot based on his play. Also, Stephen Peterman, who started the first two games, was moved to center, backing up Nick Mangold.
WINTERS READY FOR SUMMER: Third-round LG Brian Winters, hampered by an ankle injury for most of camp, made it through the week and is expected to make his preseason debut. It was thought that he'd compete immediately for a starting job, but he fell behind because of the injury. He'll work with the second-team line, along with LT J.B. Shugarts, C Stephen Peterman, RG Caleb Schlauderaff and RT Oday Aboushi.
HERE'S CHRIS: Based on practice reps, look for an increased role this week from RB Chris Ivory, who carried only six times for 13 yards last week in his debut.
ATTENDANCE REPORT: WR Braylon Edwards (leg), CB Dee Milliner (calf), NT Kenrick Ellis (back) and CB Ellis Lankster (undisclosed) didn't practice. Edwards, apparently hurt against the Jaguars, hasn't practiced all week and is unlikely to play Saturday night. ... CB Antonio Cromartie sat out team drills with what he called a leg cramp. He was replaced by Darrin Walls.
ODDS AND ENDS: Rookie WR Ryan Spadola had a drop, but he's very much in the team's plans. OC Marty Mornhinweg called him an "outstanding prospect." ... DE Leger Douzable got some first-team reps and could see extended action this week.