Monday, August 20, 2012
Practice report: Mixed bag on offense
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Done with Cortland, the Jets practiced Monday for the first time at their year-round facility, a 2½-hour session marked by dropped passes, sacks and almost-big plays. The practice was closed to the public.
QB Mark Sanchez, rebounding from his pick-six moment in Saturday night's loss to the Giants, completed nine of 16 passes, with two sacks. He almost hit rookie WR Stephen Hill on a deep pass, but Hill, who beat CB Darrelle Revis, got turned around and dropped it.
Backup QB Tim Tebow (6-for-10) couldn't catch a break. He had two drops (rookie WR Jordan White and TE Dedrick Epps) and his pass protection was shaky -- shades of Saturday night. He was sacked five times, including back-to-back plays in the red zone. The practice ended with Tebow completing a ball to Epps, who was tackled at the 1.
So fitting for a team that has yet to find the end zone.
RIGHT-TACKLE SHUFFLE: Not surprisingly, Austin Howard received a handful of reps at right tackle, spelling embattled starter Wayne Hunter. But it wasn't enough to make you think that Howard is on the verge of overtaking Hunter. ... G Vladimir Ducasse also got some work with the starting unit, taking a few turns from RG Brandon Moore and LG Matt Slauson.
NEW FULLBACK: LB Nick Bellore wore a white (offense) jersey and spent the entire practice with the running backs. With John Conner the only true fullback on the roster, the Jets are exploring other options. It looked weird, seeing a No. 54 (Bellore's number) running pass routes.
GROUND AND POUND: It's hard to get an accurate read on the running game when it's not full contact, but there were several long runs. Shonn Greene, Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight all had nice runs, taking advantage of creases in the defense. This is one area where the offense seems to be taking baby steps.
INJURY REPORT: WR Santonio Holmes (ribs), WR Jeremy Kerley (hamstring), WR Chaz Schilens and LB Ricky Sapp (ankle) didn't take part in team drills. Holmes returned to positional drills, running routes and catching passes with the receivers -- a small, but encouraging step. It appears unlikely he will play Sunday night, but he hasn't been ruled out yet.
BIG-SACK ATTACK: LBs Calvin Pace, Garrett McIntyre, Josh Mauga and Demario Davis were among those who recorded sacks. LB Aaron Maybin had some nice pressure at times.