Day 1: Notes, observations and big talk from Rex Ryan

June, 14, 2010
6/14/10
6:39
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Lost in the Darrelle Revis mini-protest/fallout was another quasi-guarantee by Rex Ryan, who managed to slip in a couple of Super Bowl boasts during his daily presser.

Some Rex-isms from Day 1 of the Jets' mandatory minicamp:

On whether the well-publicized contract disputes will disrupt team harmony: "My goal is to win the Super Bowl and nothing is going to get in the way."

On the team's 100% attendance on OTAs (actually, it was 99.9%, including Revis' one-day absence): "I'm not going to say we were the OTA champions. I'll leave that to Channing Crowder (of the Miami Dolphins). But we were the OTA champions again this year. One of these days, we'll be Super Bowl champions."

On the team's chances: "We plan on being the team that wins the whole thing."

In other words, another typical day in the life of Rex.

Other thoughts and observations:

Sanchez rests in the afternoon. After a full load of team drills in the morning, QB Mark Sanchez was limited in the afternoon, sitting out 11-on-11 drills. Though the team made no mention of it beforehand, it was the plan from the outset, according to a team spokesman. His presence on the sideline was a visible reminder that, even though everyone affiliated with the team is raving about his progress, it's premature to say he's 100%.

Sanchez, he of the surgically repaired knee, spent part of practice with a walkie-talkie in his hand, playing the role of O.C. Brian Schottenheimer -- calling the plays into Kellen Clemens.

In the morning, Sanchez completed four of eight passes in 11-on-11 drills, including one interception (CB Dwight Lowery).

Impressive day for Lowery. His interception came when he replacing Revis, who sat out for several plays in a contract-related move. Lowery, who seemingly disappeared from the radar after the trade for Antonio Cromartie and the acquisition of No. 1 pick Kyle Wilson, is refusing to go away quietly. He also made an interception in the afternoon practice. Lowery would be a terrific No. 4 corner.

Another leg in camp. The Jets signed rookie PK Jared Ballman, a free agent from Washington. He can punt, too, although one punt was so far off target that a bunch of players yelled, "Fore!" Nick Folk remains the only veteran placekicker in camp, although he's far some being a sure thing.

Edwards shines. WR Braylon Edwards can do some amazing things on the field. In the afternoon, in a 7-on-7, red-zone drill, he outjumped Revis in the corner of the end zone and came down with a Sanchez pass for a touchdown. In a morning 7-on-7, Edwards beat Revis on a long pass from Sanchez.

Notes: Matt Slauson and rookie Vlad Ducasse split time with the starting group, Slauson handling left guard in the morning, Ducasse in the afternoon ... QB Kevin O'Connell, battling Erik Ainge for the No. 3 job, received an earful from Schottenheimer after a bad pass in the morning. Later, O'Connell received a less-than-glowing endorsement from Ryan ... TE Jeff Cumberland, a rookie free agent from Illinois, stood out with some of his catches ... RB Danny Woodhead was all over the place, making catches out of the backfield ... Much of the afternoon session was devoted to running (and defending) the Wildcat. In other words, it was a busy afternoon for Brad Smith ... TE Ben Hartsock (hamstring) sat out ... A few hundred fans showed up for the morning practice, which was open to the public.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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