Monday, August 13, 2012
Practice report: Mark, Tim hot in drill
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Two of the NFL's most inaccurate passers last season tore it up Monday in practice -- albeit in a 7-on-7 drill, with no pass rush.
Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow completed 14 straight balls at one point, finishing a combined 15-for-17. That's hard to do, even against air. Afterward, Rex Ryan remarked that he'd "never seen that before."
The quarterbacks didn't fare as well in the team drills -- especially Sanchez, who went 4-for-12 with an interception (CB Darrelle Revis) and two sacks. Tebow was 5-for-6, with two sacks.
The Jets also practiced plays out of their Wildcat package, but everything was top-secret. If we gave you a breakdown of the plays here, this blog would self-destruct in 30 seconds. For a story on the Wildcat, click here.
HILL AND VALLEYS: WR Stephen Hill is an interesting study because he possesses scary size and speed, but he also makes his share of rookie mistakes. He made a diving catch on a comeback route, receiving a shout-out from Sanchez. But a short time later, he ran the wrong route and got an earful from offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. Ah, growing pains.
HERE'S THE BEEF: Ryan wasn't blowing smoke Sunday when he said RT Austin Howard will play this season. The coach wasn't referring only to right tackle, either; the 333-pound lineman could be used as a tight end in the jumbo package. The Jets had a lot of success with that two years ago, when RT Wayne Hunter was the extra blocker.
Can Howard overtake Hunter at right tackle? Probably not for the season opener, but there's no doubt that he'll get his shot in the jumbo. You could say it fills the void for a blocking tight end, but it makes the offense predictable when you use a 330-pound road grader as a tight end.
DEFENSE: Former Raiders DE Jay Richardson, who had a strip sack in the opener, recorded a sack in another solid day. He's having a good camp and could be a tough cut if he continues to progress ... Good day by Revis, who might have a future at cornerback ... With Eric Smith (knee) out and LaRon Landry resting for the day, the starting safety tandem was Yeremiah Bell and rookie Josh Bosh ... CB Kyle Wilson and LB Josh Mauga had sacks.
INJURY REPORT: Smith, NT Sione Pouha (back), WR Santonio Holmes (rib) and WR Jeremy Kerley (hamstring) were among those who didn't practice ... RB Joe McKnight returned after missing part of Sunday's practice with a foot injury. He said he's fine.