Punt returns and second string

August, 1, 2011
8/01/11
5:28
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Put Day 1 of training camp in the books for the Jets. Unlike some other teams, the Jets had a motley crew working as a first team in full practice, with incidental contact but no hitting.

Rex Ryan, sporting a new tattoo on his lower right leg, joked with veterans S Eric Smith, CB Antonio Cromartie and CB Donald Strickland on the sideline while rookies tried to make an impression on coaches. They will have competition for that attention soon, the guys who were free agents or reworked their contracts get on the field Thursday.

With that in mind, Mark Sanchez opted for TE Dustin Keller early and often, hitting him with three hard passes in seven-on-seven drills. RBs Joe McKnight and Shonn Green also saw some work. Bryan Thomas batted down a Sanchez pass from the line of scrimmage, and David Harris picked off the starter.

Logan Payne, a WR who was picked up as a UFA last season, caught a 50-yard or so touchdown pass from Sanchez with Darrelle Revis in coverage.

On punt returns: J. McKnight, S Jim Leonhard, CB Kyle Wilson and rookie WR Jeremy Kerley.

Vets who sat out: Smith, Cromartie, Strickland, RB LaDainian Tomlinson, OL Brandon Moore, LB Bart Scott, LB Calvin Pace, OL Wayne Hunter, WR Jerricho Cotchery WR Santonio Holmes and WR Plaxico Burress.

Free agents from last year’s team who remain unsigned: WR Braylon Edwards, DE Shaun Ellis, S James Ihedigbo, LB Lance Laury, S Brodney Pool, DE Trevor Pryce and FB Tony Richardson. Of all of them, Ihedigbo is the most likely return, and the Jets have reportedly made him an offer. Ellis is another possibility.

Up next: Practice Tuesday afternoon in Florham Park is open to the public. The team has even blown up the huge No. 99 Mark Gastineau balloon to welcome people to fan fest in the parking lot.

UPDATE: Cotchery (back) and Moore (hip), both of whom underwent offseason surgery, were placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list. That means they can't practice until they pass a physical. This is a standard procedural move around the NFL.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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