Jets wake-up call: Day 3

July, 26, 2014
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The New York Jets are on the field at 10 a.m. ET Saturday for their first practice in pads. The first two days were in "shells," as were the offseason practices and minicamp. Finally, we get to see some real football -- or, at least, close to the real thing.

A few things to watch for:

No Pryor restraint: The Jets drafted safety Calvin Pryor in the first round to be an "enforcer" (Rex Ryan's word) in the secondary. With the pads on, he should be able to display the physical style that prompted the nickname "Louisville Slugger" in college. Of course, he has to be careful, because the last thing the Jets need is Pryor taking out one of their receivers. Play nice, gents, you're all on the same team.

Goal-line stand: The first day of pads could mean a live, goal-line drill -- always a highlight of camp. I've seen a few in my day, but one of the most memorable occurred in 2009, in Cortland, when big Kris Jenkins dominated the drill at defensive tackle. That was something to behold.

Eye on the QBs: General manager John Idzik, trying to downplay the perception that Geno Smith is the presumed starter because he received 75 percent of the first-team reps in the first two practices, said the rep distribution will fluctuate throughout camp. We'll be counting, to be sure. It'll also be interesting to see if Smith can make it through practice without a turnover. He threw an interception Friday, and the last thing you want to see is him going consecutive days with interceptions.

Green team: None of the rookie wide receivers has really jumped out. In fact, one of them -- Quincy Enunwa (hip) -- already is injured.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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