The Jets are ready for the next phase of the offseason, their mandatory minicamp -- three practices (no pads) from Tuesday to Thursday in Florham Park. A note to fans: Wednesday's practice (11:45 a.m.) is open to the public.
What we'll be covering throughout the week:
1. Distribution of QB reps: Mark Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith shared approximately 90 percent of the reps in the OTAs (based on practices open to the media), but Sanchez received most of the work (call it a 60-40 split) and stayed predominantly with the first team. That's not a major surprise, considering he's the veteran, but now it'll be interesting to see if there's a shift in the plan. Neither quarterback was lights-out in OTAs, so the competition will go into the preseason, as expected. Minicamp is the last team activity until training camp (July 25), a chance to leave a positive impression during the hiatus.
2. Calling all receivers: The wide receiver corps was so decimated by injuries last week that Sanchez said he didn't know the names of some of the fill-ins. Funny, yet not-so-funny. Stephen Hill (knee), Jeremy Kerley (heel) and Clyde Gates (hamstring) are expected back this week, according to Rex Ryan, so that should help with the overall efficiency of the offense. Maybe now they'll be able to run a successful two-minute drill. Santonio Holmes (foot) still isn't close and may begin training camp on the PUP list. Holmes, who has avoided the media this offseason, is expected to speak to reporters. Actually, it's mandatory, so expect a State-of-the-Tone address.
3. From courtroom to huddle: Mike Goodson, arrested last month on drug and weapons charges, has a court appearance at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Morristown, N.J. This is a pre-trial hearing in which the prosecution may or may not offer a plea bargain. If there's no deal, the case will be forwarded to the grand jury. Goodson may have received a break last week. His attorney said a report by the New Jersey State Police includes an admission from Goodson's co-defendant that the confiscated gun belongs to him, not Goodson. Police say ownership still hasn't been determined. The embattled running back, whose future with the team could be resting on the gun charge, may address the media this week for the first time since the arrest.
4. Casting call: Two veteran free agents, TE Kellen Winslow Jr., and WR Mike Sims-Walker, will participate in the minicamp on a tryout basis. Hey, why not? The Jets are thin at both positions, so there's no harm in a little look-see. No doubt, Winslow will draw a lot of eyes. He was a stud when he came out of Miami in 2004 (sixth overall pick), but his career got knocked sideways for a variety of reasons. The Jets' tight end position doesn't look great on paper, but you have to admire Jeff Cumberland's attitude. "I feel like I can be one of the premier, elite tight ends," he told the Star-Ledger of Newark. Forget elite; the Jets would be happy with just premier.
5. Class of 2012: The four defensive players from Mike Tannenbaum's last draft will be under the spotlight -- DE/OLB Quinton Coples, LB Demario Davis, S Josh Bush and S Antonio Allen. Coples and Davis are slated for starting positions, while Bush and Allen are battling for the safety spot opposite Dawan Landry. The job is wide open. Meanwhile, Coples is making the transition to linebacker and Davis is trying to prove he has what it takes to be a stout run defender. If Coples and Davis can be productive starters, it'll help Ryan's defense stay in the top 10.