- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Observations from the sideline:
1. Geno wasn’t "brutal": Geno Smith had arguably his best practice of training camp, completing 15 of 16 passes for two touchdowns. He shined during a two-minute drill, completing all four of his passes to Jeremy Kerley (twice), Ryan Spadola and Stephen Hill (TD). Smith practiced for a third straight day with the first team and looks ready to make his first-ever start on Saturday night against the New York Giants in the team’s third and most important preseason game.
2. Cro being Cro: What was Antonio Cromartie thinking? Who knows. He never talked to the media after delivering a crushing hit to Hill after he caught the TD pass from Sanchez at the goal line. Hill wound up being fine, fortunately. Several of Cromartie’s teammates took umbrage with the hit, notably Nick Mangold. “Don’t cry! Play ball!” Cromartie yelled. Ugh. Hill said he doesn’t have anything against Cromartie and Mangold wouldn’t address it. Mark Sanchez said Ryan addressed the team about protecting their own. Yeah, no kidding. Hill ended up making a ridiculous “Randy Moss-like” catch at the end of practice.
3. Mr. Versatility: As he’s done at times during training camp, Bilal Powell took a couple direct snaps out of the Wildcat formation. Powell ran on both plays. Wonder if he can throw. Also, wonder how often the Jets will implement this element -- once a very dangerous one -- into their offensive arsenal. Guess that’s up to Marty Mornhinweg. Powell also delivered a nice block on blitzing backer Troy Davis during practice. Davis gave him a high five for the pancake. Powell looks like he’s got the potential to be a very versatile player for the Jets.