Day 2: Minicamp observations
June, 13, 2012
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Thoughts and observations from the second day of the Jets' mandatory minicamp:
1. I'm not going to say the absence of WRs Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill (both out with hamstring injuries) will retard the development of the offense -- it's too early to panic -- but it shouldn't be dismissed, either. Because of the new CBA, which cuts back on off-season practice time, there's a premium on practice reps. For the Jets, the reps are doubly important because they're trying to master a new system. Hill will suffer because he's a rookie with no background in a pro-style offense (they ran the triple option at Georgia Tech). Holmes has missed five of 11 OTAs, but he'll get over it because he's a veteran.
2. QB Mark Sanchez, working with a patchwork receiving corps, had one of his better practices from an accuracy standpoint. In team drills, he completed eight of 10 passes, with one sack and no turnovers. (All told, he got 16 reps.) His best throw was a long seam route to TE Jeff Cumberland, who beat LB Bart Scott in coverage. Sanchez wasn't as sharp in 7-on-7s (4-for-9), completing mostly check-down routes. He has no problem taking the safe stuff because Tony Sparano has placed an emphasis on avoiding turnovers.
3. Backup QB Tim Tebow received 10 reps in team drills, including two with the starting unit. Stop the presses! Both came in a red-zone drill, which was no accident. Look for Tebow to have a red-zone presence this season, running the wildcat. Overall, he went 3-for-5, including two short completions to TE Josh Baker, who had a nice practice. Tebow threw the only interception of the day in the 7-on-7s, firing a pass that deflected off LB Garrett McIntyre and into the hands of rookie S D'Anton Lynn. Tebow went 1-for-4, but there were drops by WR Jeremy Kerley and RB Joe McKnight.
4. I know Kerley (hamstring) has been nicked up, but I thought he'd be showing up a little more.
5. Rookie LB Demario Davis showed his versatility. One minute he's coming free on a blitz and "sacking" Tebow, the next minute he's dropping into coverage with the starting sub package.
6. I watch Shonn Greene and McKnight and I wonder if the Jets have enough firepower in the backfield.