FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Quick takeaways from the first day of mandatory minicamp:
1. Marty likes the deep ball: New OC Marty Mornhinweg runs a West Coast system, which means he gets labeled as a coach whose offense is predicated on quick, short passes. To a large extent, that's how he operates, but Mornhinweg, by his own admission, likes to take deep shots more than his West Coast brethren. That philosophy was on display Tuesday. In the 7-on-7 drill, quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith attacked downfield with several long passes. They weren't too successful. Sanchez connected with Vidal Hazelton, and that was about it. Smith made a fantastic throw to Stephen Hill -- quick release by the rookie QB -- but it was dropped. Truth be told, the entire passing game was out of sync, as Sanchez and Smith were a combined 7-for-16 in 7-on-7s. The longest completion was Greg McElroy to Marcus Davis, a wobbly pass that somehow found its way into the right hands.
2. Geno's learning: When Smith has time to set and throw, he throws a pretty ball -- good velocity with a tight spiral most of the time. But the former West Virginia star needs to work on his pre-snap responsibilities, mainly recognizing the blitz and finding his hot reads. Rex Ryan's defense can be tough on an inexperienced quarterback, showing a myriad of different looks. But it's good preparation for the real thing.
3. Bilal be seeing you: Third-year RB Bilal Powell got his number called a few times, mostly on draw plays out of the third-down package. He has been overshadowed this offseason by Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson, but Powell still looms as a factor in the backfield. He's battling Goodson for the third-down job. Powell has running skills, but he lacks the pure speed of Goodson, who shows a burst whenever he gets the ball in his hands.
4. Fab Four: It'll be interesting to see how the Jets set up their defensive front in nickel situations. On Tuesday, it was Calvin Pace and Antwan Barnes at end, with Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples at tackle. That's could be a formidable interior rush with the two former No. 1 picks, but Pace and Barnes have to prove they still have enough giddy-up to get the job done on the edges.
5. Tebow's history: The message was loud and clear: The Jets are done talking about former QB Tim Tebow. Ryan wasn't comfortable answering questions about the newest Patriot (at least he didn't get testy and walk away, a la Bill Belichick) and many of his players seemed downright afraid to talk about Tebow. GM John Idzik is trying to change the culture around the organization, and Tebow, through no fault of his own, symbolized the "circus." The new philosophy: Out of sight, out of mind.