Jets wake-up call: Day 20

August, 12, 2014
Aug 12
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The conditions could get sloppy, as the local weather forecast calls for rain throughout the day. The New York Jets are on the field Tuesday at 10 a.m. Storylines we'll be monitoring:
  • The cornerback situation. The Jets are using the unusually long week to evaluate players as they attempt to plug holes in the aftermath of the Dee Milliner (ankle) and Dexter McDougle (knee) injuries. Converted safety Antonio Allen and Ellis Lankster got the first-team reps Monday, but that could change. Allen made big plays in his first practice as a cornerback, so they might as well let him run with it. We'll also keep an eye on injured corner Dimitri Patterson.
  • Continuity on offense. It's too early to panic, but it's worth noting that wide receiver Eric Decker (quadriceps) has missed the last three days. Decker is a pro's pro, but it's important that he develop a quick rapport with quarterback Geno Smith. One of the reasons why Smith struggled as a rookie was because his primary weapons were always missing practice, disrupting their chemistry.
  • Checking in with the coordinators. Marty Mornhinweg, Dennis Thurman and Thomas McGaughey are scheduled to meet the media for the second time since camp started. The hot topics will be the quarterback "competition" and the predicament at cornerback.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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