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Jets practice report: Pryor hurt, CJ sits

7/26/2014

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Takeaways from Saturday's practice at New York Jets training camp:

1. Big names sit: Rookie safety Calvin Pryor suffered a head injury early in practice and didn't finish. He's being evaluated for a possible concussion. He was involved in a collision while blocking as the personal protector on the punt team. Running back Chris Johnson didn't participate in any team drills. This was hardly a surprise, considering the Jets are being cautious with his surgically repaired knee. Afterward, Rex Ryan hinted that Johnson will rest every third day as part of the team's plan for him in camp.

2. Break out the pads: The Jets practiced in full pads for the first time, which made for spirited competition in the 9-on-7 and pass-rushing drills. Safety Dawan Landry and nose tackle Damon Harrison delivered big hits in the 9-on-7 drill, which features the running game. Without Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell got the bulk of the reps. Ivory impressed with his ability to get to the outside. Daryl Richardson, battling for a roster spot, showed some giddy-up. Right guard Oday Aboushi stood out, according to Ryan, who gave the second-year lineman a shout-out for his improvement since the end of last season.

3. Double-D: Rookie guard Dakota Dozier, a fourth-round pick, jumped out in the pass-rushing drill. It's always fun to watch this drill because it's one-on-one, in pads, with offensive and defensive players cheering on their teammates and talking smack to the other side. Dozier got beat on one play, but rebounded on the next two, handling bull rushes. That caught the coaches' eye. I remember talking to an opposing scout after the draft about Dozier, and the scout said he considered Dozier is a finesse player who'd struggle with the transition to guard after playing tackle in college. He didn't struggle in this drill.

4. Ebb and ebb: One day after general manager John Idzik said there would be an ebb and flow with the distribution of quarterback reps, Geno Smith received 16 of 19 first-team reps. After three practices, Smith's rep count is 42, Michael Vick 12. I guess we're still waiting for the ebb to turn into a flow. Anyway, both quarterbacks performed well in practice, especially Vick, who completed six of seven passes in team drills. His best throw came in a 7-on-7 drill, a 50-yard touchdown pass to Clyde Gates, who beat Dee Milliner down the sideline. Smith (3-for-5) didn't get many opportunities, as they took advantage of the padded practice to concentrate on the running game. He was almost intercepted. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson jumped an 'out' route and broke up a pass to Eric Decker; it would've been a pick-6 if he held on.

5. Babin moving up: In his second practice, Jason Babin got some work with the first-team nickel. He rotated with Quinton Coples. Speaking of Coples, he recorded a "sack" for the second straight day.

6. Sleepers: After practice, Ryan gave a shout out to two unheralded players, safety Rontez Miles and linebacker Troy Davis. They've impressed the coach so much that Ryan, trying to give them a good opportunity to make the team, will play them with the starters on special teams. Davis plays "100 miles per hour," according to Ryan. Miles recorded a sack on a safety blitz.

7. Medical report: Rookie wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, a sixth-round pick, missed practice for the second day with a hip injury. Linebacker Tim Fugger (ankle) and defensive end Zach Thompson (shoulder) sat out.

8. Odds and ends: Right tackle Breno Giacomini, oft-penalized throughout his career, was flagged for a false start and sat out a play. ... Rookie receiver Shaq Evans caught a 50-yard pass from rookie Tajh Boyd in a 7-on-7 drills. Boyd throws a good deep ball, but he struggles with his accuracy on short and intermediate throws. ... Rookie tight end Jace Amaro, off to a quiet start, caught two passes from Vick in a two-minute drill.