Practice report: Sanchez-to-Hill a highlight

August, 6, 2012
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- We've reached the dog days of training camp, but there was nothing tedious about Monday's practice. Along with a brief melee that involved about 20 players, the practice included a number of memorable moments.

Let's start with the play of the day, maybe the play of camp. In a 7-on-7 drill, QB Mark Sanchez threw a 50-yard TD bomb to rookie WR Stephen Hill. What made the play so special -- aside from the perfect throw and nice catch -- was that Hill beat the best cornerback in the NFL, Darrelle Revis. Beat him by a step, maybe two.

Hill brings a vertical dimension to the offense, something they haven't had since Braylon Edwards, but he still needs to work on his underneath and intermediate route-running, as Sanchez noted later.

QB TRACKER: Aside from Hill, it wasn't a particularly good day for the offense. Sanchez went 5-for-11, with three sacks in team drills. Without C Nick Mangold (returning from London), there were some pass-protection issues in the middle of the line. Caleb Schlauderaff continued to struggle with his snaps. His best completions were a nice in-cut to WR Chaz Schilens, a sideline pass to WR Royce Pollard and an out-cut to TE Dustin Keller, who made a diving catch.

KILL TIM: Backup QB Tim Tebow spent most of the practice scrambling, eluding pass-rushers and generally running for his life. Well, not really -- he was wearing the no-contact jersey -- but you get the drift.

In 19 reps with the second team, Tebow was "sacked" six times. He ended up completing three of eight passes. His best throw was a seam route to TE Jeff Cumberland, who scuffled briefly with Revis after the play.

Q SHOWS UP: No. 1 pick Quinton Coples was having a nondescript camp until Monday, when he recorded two sacks. Both came against the second-team offensive line, so let's keep it in perspective. Still, it was a positive day for him.

SACK ATTACK: LB David Harris, LB Bart Scott, DE Jay Richardson (1.5 sacks), NT Damon Harrison (two), LB Aaron Maybin and OLB Garrett McIntyre recorded sacks.

NEW LOOK AT SAFETY: This was inevitable. For the first time in camp, LaRon Landry received the bulk of his work with the first team, replacing Eric Smith. Landry and Yeremiah Bell are projected as the starting tandem, with Smith rotating in. Landry made his presence felt with a loud hit on RB Bilal Powell. Three plays later, Powell came back strong, making an aggressive block on Landry on a blitz.

INJURY REPORT: WR Santonio Holmes (ribs), RT Wayne Hunter (back), NT Sione Pouha (head), WR Jeremy Kerley (hamstring), OLB Ricky Sapp (undisclosed), WR DaMarcus Ganaway (hamstring) and WR Dexter Jackson (undisclosed) didn't practice ... RG Brandon Moore returned to practice after spending the weekend in Canton, where he attended Curtis Martin's Hall of Fame induction ... RB Joe McKnight went out with a stinger late in practice, but he said he was fine.

CRO FAN: One fan held up a sign acknowledging CB Antonio Cromartie as "the second-best receiver" on the team -- a reference, of course, to his controversial quote. Cromartie spotted the sign and ... well, let's say he didn't disagree with it.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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