Rex report: Coach likes Mark's presence

August, 6, 2012
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Rex Ryan addressed the media before practice Monday, touching on a number of subjects. Let's start with QB Mark Sanchez.

Ryan said Sanchez has improved his pocket presence. What does that mean? It means he's doing a better job of sliding in the pocket and protecting the ball with two hands. In the past, Sanchez was notorious for holding the ball with one hand in the face of the rush, resulting in many fumbles.

"His pocket presence is the best I've ever seen," Ryan said.

Of course, he hasn't faced a live pass rush yet, so stay tuned.

Scrimmage recap. Ryan singled out four individual performances from Saturday night's intrasquad scrimmage -- LB Aaron Maybin, rookie S Antonio Allen, rookie QB Matt Simms and LG Matt Slauson, who also got some reps at center. Slauson is competing with Vlad Ducasse for the left-guard job; it would be an upset if Slauson doesn't win.

Hiccups. Ryan pointed out a few glitches from the scrimmage -- a few occasions in which quarterbacks missed open receivers, a couple of dropped passes, blown coverages by the second-team defense and some confusion when the defense ran loaded zone blitzes. Overall, he was pleased with the performance, considering it was the first scrimmage.

Mo better. Ryan continued his effusive praise of DE Muhammad Wilkerson. Get this: "Outside of (Darrelle) Revis, he might be playing as well as any defensive player." He also praised DT Mike DeVito, noting that DeVito is showing more athleticism than in the past.

Safety stuff. It looked like S LaRon Landry was limping after the scrimmage, but Ryan said the former Redskins first-round pick (dealing with Achilles-tendon issues from last season) didn't suffer any setbacks. He expects Landry to play in the pre-season opener.

Tebow update. Tim Tebow had a rough go in the scrimmage (0-for-3), but Ryan claimed, "I have not been disappointed with Tim at all." Tebow was victimized by a few bad snaps, throwing the entire operation out of rhythm. He also said Tebow, who wore the QB's red no-contact jersey, is better in "live" situations.

London calling. C Nick Mangold, who went to London to see his sister, Holley, compete in the Olympics, is expected back Tuesday.

Sympathy. Ryan opened his news conference by sending his condolences to Eagles coach Andy Reid and his family.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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