Thursday, August 16, 2012
Three things we learned on Day 22
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Observations from Thursday:
1. The Jets are desperate for a home-run hitter. Why else would they be infatuated by Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps, the former Florida RB? Demps can fly (duh), but we're not talking about a blue-chip talent here. One personnel executive told me Demps would've been a seventh-round pick if he had declared for the draft instead of pursuing the Olympics. In four seasons at Florida, he rushed for 2,470 yards and a 6.7 per-carry average. He didn't do much as a kick returner, but he had a 99-yard kickoff return last season. He could be a good situational player, but that's about it. If the Jets sign him, they'd have five running backs. If I were Joe McKnight, I'd be worried.
2. Love the confidence, but ... Mark Sanchez was as relaxed and confident as I've ever seen him, his "It's my huddle" quote already making headlines. Yeah, he's taking charge of the huddle, but look who's in it: rookie Stephen Hill, rookie Jordan White, his good friend Patrick Turner, etc. You'd certainly expect your starting QB to take charge in a huddle filled with neophyte receivers. The real challenge will occur when Santonio Holmes returns and starts complaining about not getting the ball. That'll test Sanchez's leadership.
3. No one cares about the Giants. This is Jets-Giants week, but there wasn't any buzz -- at least not in the Jets' camp. Reasons: It's only the second game, so the starters won't play more than a half. It seems anti-climactic after the Christmas Eve showdown. Lastly, the Jets have so many other issues, they haven't had time to think about the defending Super Bowl champs.