Saturday, August 9, 2014
Jets wake-up call: Day 17
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Does this dateline look familiar? It should. The New York Jets are back in upstate New York for the second leg of training camp, kicking off Cortland 2.0 Saturday with a 10 a.m. ET practice.
They're scheduled for six days in Cortland, departing Thursday before traveling to the Cincinnati Bengals for their second preseason game. Storylines we'll be following Saturday:
- Geno Smith has taken 81 percent of the first-team reps in practice, meaning only a handful a day for Michael Vick. But, hey, who's counting? General manager John Idzik said there would be an ebb and flow between the two quarterbacks, but everything is flowing in Smith's direction. Maybe it starts ebbing for Vick. We'll see.
The quarterback workload. Naturally, we'll be focused on the distribution of practice reps to see if there's any change in the aftermath of the first game. Unofficially,
- Chris Ivory's status. He left Thursday's game with a rib injury and, although Rex Ryan indicated it's not serious, there's always the chance he could miss practice. Fellow running back Bilal Powell, who missed the game with a hamstring injury, should be ready to return.
- Lineup changes. You always pay attention after a preseason game because the coaches usually do some tweaking, adding and subtracting practice reps for players on the ascent and descent. We'll be watching the cornerback situation to see if there's a shake up after Dimitri Patterson's disappointing debut. It wouldn't be a surprise if rookie Dexter McDougle gets more time than usual with the starters. Rookie safety Calvin Pryor, recovered from a concussion, also should be ready to return to his usual spot on defense, rotating with the first team.
- A punting competition? We may have a battle here, after all. Incumbent Ryan Quigley didn't have a particular good game (39.0 gross average), so maybe the door will open for challenger Jacob Schum.