Friday, August 20, 2010
Good and bad from three weeks in Cortland
By Rich Cimini
Positives and negatives from the New York Jets' training camp in Cortland, N.Y.:
1. No significant injuries. C Nick Mangold missed the pre-season opener with a headache, the lingering effect of a blow to the head in practice, but there were no other noteworthy injuries to starters. That is the No. 1 goal of every team in the preseason: Stay as healthy as possible.
2. QB Mark Sanchez developed as a leader and displayed a greater command of the offense.
3. The main newcomers on offense, RB LaDainian Tomlinson and WR Santonio Holmes, made a seamless transition into the system.
4. CB Antonio Cromartie won't make anybody forget Darrelle Revis, but he flashed terrific coverage skills.
5. NT Kris Jenkins is healthy, in shape and motivated -- a scary combination for opposing offenses.
6. Two of the four draft picks, CB Kyle Wilson and FB John Conner, showed they can be immediate contributors. Wilson might have to start, depending on Revis' situation. Conner might unseat incumbent Tony Richardson.
7. PK Nick Folk didn't implode.
1. No Revis.
2. No Revis.
3. Matt Slauson emerged as the clear leader at left guard, but he didn't receive much push from rookie Vladimir Ducasse, who is swimming.
4. Rookie RB Joe McKnight lived down to his college reputation -- a finesse runner between the tackles and, at times, difficult to coach.
5. Veteran pass rusher Jason Taylor didn't show much at all, but most folks around the team suspect he's pacing himself through the preseason.
6. The No. 2 defense, especially the secondary, was lit up by the New York Giants.