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AM Practice report: Sanchez off the mark

8/10/2010

Thoughts and observations from Tuesday morning's practice in Cortland:

1. QB Mark Sanchez didn't receive the usual amount of reps --some of the practice was devoted to the Wildcat with Brad Smith at QB -- but he struggled with his accuracy. Sanchez was throwing off his back foot, and easily could've been intercepted two or three times. He completed 4 of 11 passes, with one INT. Actually, that was a good throw, a well-placed deep sideline pass to WR Braylon Edwards -- in the perfect spot against a Cover-2 defense. But Edwards juggled the ball and it was picked off by S Jim Leonhard, who was covering over the top.

Earlier, Leonhard dropped a ball that should've been an easy pick. On his next pass, Sanchez put up a dangerous throw to WR Jerricho Cotchery, who muscled it away from CB Dwight Lowery, who smelled interception. Sanchez isn't having a poor camp, but he hasn't been as sharp as he could be.

2. It was a rare sight, Cotchery dropping a pass. He has the best hands on the team, and his drops are few and far between. On this play, he beat rookie Kyle Wilson on a deep route -- beat him badly -- but failed to haul in a pass from Sanchez.

3. It was a big Brad Smith day. In other words, there was a lot of work on the Wildcat. That helps the defense, too, because it gives it a good look at the Wildcat. The Jets face the Miami Dolphins in Week 3, so you know they'll see the 'Cat.

4. The coaches continue to tweak the Revis-less secondary. At one point, in a nickel package, they had Marquice Cole at right corner, with Wilson in the slot. With Mark Brunell at quarterback, Cole made a nice interception on a deep ball to WR Laveranues Coles -- a case of Cole on Coles. Lowery continues to see time as safety, especially in sub packages.

5. Here's a player who's starting to flash -- WR Aundrae Allison. The former Minnesota Viking, coming back from major knee surgery, is one of the fastest players on the team. Rex Ryan calls him ''88 out the gate." Allison usually flashes on kickoffs, but he's starting to show up at receiver. He made a nice catch in the red zone, a comeback route against tight coverage.