Practice report: Sanchez, Tebow both stink

July, 29, 2012
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- As good as coach Rex Ryan said the new Tony Sparano offense looked in the first practice of the 2012 season three days ago, things looked a lot different Sunday morning in the team's first practice in pads.

QUARTERBACKS STRUGGLE: This morning, that new offense was dominated by a vintage-looking defense. Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow both went a woeful 1-for-7 passing in full team drills. Things looked a little better in 7-on-7 drills, where Sanchez was 5-for-7 and Tebow was 4-for-6.

Tebow struggled at the start, landing in the dirt in his first rep thanks to Marcus Dixon. He overthrew Eron Riley on the next, sent an incompletion to Stephen Hill and finally got some yardage when he scrambled on the next play. There were some groans in the crowd after his awkward missteps, but Tebow’s scramble brought hearty cheers.

Some wide receiver errors affected Sanchez’ numbers. He sent one to Patrick Turner who ran ahead without looking back for the ball, and Dedrick Epps mishandled another deep ball.

MAYBIN SHINES: Aaron Maybin (at least one sack to add to add to two on Saturday) could’ve been a spokesperson for Red Bull with all the energy he put into pressure. The defense looked good even though Darrelle Revis was held out of the team drills with tightness in his hamstring. The Pro Bowl cornerback said he was prepared to practice, but the training staff was being cautious with his history of hamstring issues.

ALLEN INTERCEPTS TWO: Rookie safety Antonio Allen had two interceptions -- one off Matt Simms and the other off Greg McElroy. McElroy struggled.

INJURY REPORT: With contact, comes injuries. Josh Baker left practice with a very bloody nose after an early special teams period, but returned wearing a red pinny for full team drills later.

DB Royce Adams was stretched on the sideline, with what appeared to be a left leg issue. LB Marcus Dowtin worked out on the side after individual drills, as did FB Fui Vakupuna. And the usual PUP crew of LB Demario Davis, G Terrence Campbell and T Jeff Otah were on the sidelines.

Otah has until July 31 to pass a physical or the trade with the Panthers for the lineman is void.

PUNT RETURNS: With WR Jeremy Kerley (hamstring) out, punt returns were handled by Joe McKnight, Kyle Wilson, Royce Pollard and Dexter Jackson.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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