Friday, August 3, 2012
Practice report: Holmes sits, D dominates
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- WR Santonio Holmes, experiencing what he described as general soreness, missed practice for the second straight day. He was limited to individual and positional drills, but he took a seat for team drills.
Observations from the Jets' seventh practice, which was closed to the public:
COUNTING CRO: The defense dominated the day, but the offense got the last laugh. On the final play of the final period -- a two-minute drill in the red zone -- WR Patrick Turner caught a five-yard TD pass on CB Antonio Cromartie. It was a big moment for the receiving corps because it came against Cromartie, he of the "I'm the second-best receiver" comments. Turner was mobbed by his offensive teammates, one of whom yelled out a reference to the controversial remark.
Afterward, Cromartie said Turner pushed off on the play.
OFFENSE STRUGGLES: Otherwise, it wasn't a good day for the offense, which wore black jerseys for the first time as a reward for outplaying the defense Thursday. The offense shouldn't get comfortable in black because it didn't do anything to warrant another day in the coveted jerseys. The passing game, in particular, was out of sync. There also were several penalties.
Mark Sanchez was 5-for-12 with one TD pass and a sack in team drills. He missed four of his first five passes before hitting Shonn Greene on a check-down. In the red zone, Sanchez missed three straight before hitting Turner for a TD.
Tim Tebow, working exclusively with the second team, was 3-for-6. Sorry, no Wildcat news to report. He showed some rare frustration after a few incompletions, although you'd be interested to know he didn't curse.
DOUBLE-D: Rookie LB Demario Davis, who began camp on the PUP list with a pulled hamstring, practiced for the first time in pads. He was thrown immediately into one of the starting sub packages and was matched up against TE Dustin Keller a couple of times. Davis will be an interesting guy to watch in camp. As everybody knows, the Jets could use help with their tight-end coverage.
Rookie WR Jordan White (foot) also practiced in pads for the first time.
INJURY UPDATE: NT Sione Pouha (stitches in forehead) didn't practice. Ditto, WR Jeremy Kerley (hamstring). ... WR Chaz Schilens (groin) returned and participated in some team drills.
BILAL BE SEEING YOU: Second-year RB Bilal Powell delivered another solid practice. In fact, he got some good work as the third-down back. Clearly, he's in a battle for that job with Joe McKnight. Powell isn't a flashy back, and he doesn't have McKnight's explosiveness, but he doesn't make many mental errors and he's good in pass protection.
BIG-MOUTH BART: LB Bart Scott was in vintage form, trash talking the third-string offense. Standing on the sideline, Scott launched a verbal assault on QB Greg McElroy, who had another shaky day. Scott was so hard on the offense that it looked like coordinator Tony Sparano was going to explode, but he held his tongue. At least Scott backed up his words. A few minutes later, he threw Greene to the ground on a sweep.
QUICK HITS: After a fast start, rookie WR Stephen Hill has been quiet in recent days. ... You have to like TE Josh Baker. He has a knack for getting open in the underneath zones. ... Austin Howard got reps at right tackle in the two-minute, replacing Wayne Hunter. ... The QB buzzer was used in practice, with the hope of forcing the QBs to get rid of the ball faster. But it's the sorriest-sounding buzzer you've ever heard.