Monday, August 5, 2013
Practice report: A hiccup for Geno
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Quick takeaways from Monday's practice:
QB COMPETITION: As expected, Mark Sanchez was back with the first team, per the quarterback rotation. Sanchez was solid, but the story was Geno Smith, who suffered his first rookie-like day of training camp.
Smith struggled with his accuracy, especially in a seven-on-seven drill in the red zone. He threw two interceptions in one period. One was his fault; the other bounced off WR Braylon Edwards and landed with S Antonio Allen -- a bizarre play. Two plays later, Smith experienced a rookie hiccup near the goal line. He threw over the middle and never saw LB Nick Bellore, who made the interception. It was the kind of play you'd expect from a rookie quarterback. Remarkably, Smith had avoided those through the first eight days.
The former West Virginia star settled down in team drills, finishing 4-for-6 on mostly short completions. Mind you, he still hasn't thrown an interception in team drills. Sanchez was in command, breezing through a practice in which he completed six of nine passes. Unlike Saturday night, there were no long completions. On the positive side, neither Sanchez nor Smith was sacked.
BILAL BE SEEING YOU: RB Bilal Powell, coming off his impressive scrimmage, enjoyed another strong practice. He broke a run for 20-plus yards and made other plays in which he displayed more elusiveness than we've been used to seeing from him. He also caught the ball well out of the backfield.
WHAT'S UP WITH WINSLOW? TE Kellen Winslow didn't practice. This is a bit curious, considering he also didn't participate in Saturday night's scrimmage. Sunday was an off day. Yes, Winslow, with his creaky knee, is on an abbreviated practice regimen, but the fact that he didn't practice after a day off should raise some concern. Rex Ryan says Winslow is on a pitch count. Maybe he's like a major league starter, going on four days' rest.
ATTENDANCE REPORT: RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) came out in pads but didn't participate in positional or team drills. He has yet to practice. ... LB Josh Mauga didn't practice with an undisclosed injury. ... RB Joe McKnight didn't practice with an apparent concussion. ... The left guard position was bolstered with the return of Stephen Peterman (shoulder) and rookie Brian Winters (ankle). Winters tweaked his ankle in the scrimmage, but it wasn't serious. Vladimir Ducasse also got some time at left guard. ... First-round CB Dee Milliner must have jammed a finger in the early warm-ups. He left the field in apparent pain, received a tape job and returned. He seemed to be favoring his left hand. He also was wearing a compression sleeve on his left calf.
ODDS AND ENDS: With no clear-cut backup at center, Peterman took some reps with the second team. ... Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett rotated at safety. ... In a quarterback/running back drill, Sanchez collided with FB Lex Hilliard. A miscommunication between them, you might recall, triggered the Butt Fumble. ... QB Greg McElroy was picked off by LB JoJo Dickson. ... Edwards had a drop.