The Jets conducted their first public practice Tuesday, drawing an announced crowd of 2,700 to their facility in Florham Park, N.J. Because of the post-lockout rules, the players were in "shells," not pads. The first real practice is Thursday, the first day of pads and the day when players with new contracts are allowed to participate, per NFL rules.
So take this report with a grain of salt, as the starting units were filled with ... well, a lot of fill-ins:
• CB Darrelle Revis was on his game, breaking up two sideline passes for WR Patrick Turner. Revis had family in the house. His uncle, former NFL defensive lineman Sean Gilbert, has been added to the coaching staff as an intern. Gilbert and Revis are close, and Gilbert was one of the strongest influences on Revis during his lengthy holdout last summer.
• Without Eric Smith (contract) and Jim Leonhard (leg), the starting safeties were Dwight Lowery and Emanuel Cook, who got beat by TE Dustin Keller for about 20 yards. It looks like Lowery, who began his career as a cornerback, has a new permanent position. The defense could really use James Ihedigbo, not in camp because he's testing the free-agent waters.
• Second-year RT Vlad Ducasse, learning a new position, was flagged for a false start during a red-zone drill. He's starting now because Wayne Hunter (contract) is sitting out.
• CB Kyle Wilson had a real nice pass break-up on a ball over the ball. This is a critical camp for Wilson, who is battling for the nickel-back job.
• Here's my early sleeper -- LB Nick Bellore (6-1, 250), an UDFA from Central Michigan. He got some work with the first unit, and flashed in a few different drills. The Jets liked him so much that they had Rex Ryan personally call him once the UDFA signing period started. The defense has depth issues at linebacker, so Bellore could be a keeper.
• Rookie QB Greg McElroy threw a couple of ugly passes. He has small hands and when the ball gets wets, he sometimes struggles to get a good spiral. But he has impressed the coaches with his early command of the playbook.
• RB Joe McKnight, on a screen pass, put a great open-field juke on DB Richard Taylor ... The Jets signed former Colts and Chiefs S DaJuan Morgan, who has appeared in 30 games ... Rookie WR Jeremy Kerley dropped a pass in the red zone ... After practice, the players signed autographs. Plaxico Burress received a huge ovation as he approached the crowd.