Three things we learned on Day 9

August, 3, 2012
8/03/12
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Quick take-aways from Friday:

1. The passing offense has a long way to go. Tony Sparano has a lot of work ahead of him. The offense did some decent things on the ground, but the passing game was way off -- again. Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow were a combined 8-for-18 in team drills. CB Antonio Cromartie said it best: "Them boys couldn't catch a ball on our defense." Well, they caught one big one, WR Patrick Turner beating Cromartie on a short TD, but this was utter domination by the defense. OK, OK, the receiving corps is beat up, but that doesn't excuse penalties and miscommunications.

2. Tim gets mad. On three or four occasions, Tebow was visibly frustrated after incompletions. On one, he seemed angry at himself for missing an open receiver. Another time, he reacted to a miscommunication with a receiver. Tebow didn't drop any F bombs -- that probably would've been a back page -- but he showed he can get a little flustered. Yeah, he's human.

3. The surprise rookie. Of the eight draft picks, the one that has played the best over the last two days is -- are you ready for this? -- S Antonio Allen. He has made plays in coverage, supposedly his weakness. On Friday, he knifed into the backfield and tackled Bilal Powell for a loss. The Jets were stunned that Allen, a productive player at South Carolina, dropped to the seventh round. Teams stayed away because he was a "box" safety in college, almost like a linebacker, and they assumed he's struggle at the pro level. No struggling so far.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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