Sunday, August 11, 2013
Practice report: Gimpy Geno throws INT
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Despite a noticeable limp, rookie Geno Smith took the majority of the practice reps Sunday, per the Jets' quarterback rotation. Smith was exceptionally sharp -- except for one bad play.
Smith misread a play in the red zone, throwing into the middle of the end zone for WR Ryan Spadola. He didn't see CB Antonio Cromartie, who made the interception. Only a few days ago, Rex Ryan emphasized the importance of avoiding turnovers in the red zone.
That was Smith's only hiccup. Working with the first unit, he completed seven of 10 passes (one drop), with four touchdowns. Two TDs came on 25-yard strikes to TE Jeff Cumberland, who beat OLB Calvin Pace both times. The other two came in a goal-line drill, both rollouts in which Smith found TE Konrad Reuland in the back corner of the end zone. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg kept calling rollouts despite Smith's mildly sprained right ankle. Afterward, Smith admitted he was less than 100 percent.
Smith was sacked one time, by NT Kenrick Ellis. He received an earful from Mornhinweg, who wanted Smith to get rid of the ball. That has been an ongoing issue with Smith.
It wasn't a particularly good day for Sanchez, who went 3-for-9 (one drop), with one TD and one sack. In the goal-line drill, he hit TE Chris Pantale for three yards on a rollout. On a similar play, he missed an open TE Hayden Smith in the back of the end zone.
TOUGH DAY FOR BRAY: WR Braylon Edwards dropped a pass and, earlier, incurred the wrath of Mornhinweg for not finishing two plays in a one-on-one drill. On the second one, Edwards responded, telling Mornhinweg he stopped because a flag was thrown. Mornhinweg didn't care. Essentially, he told Edwards this wasn't a Pro Bowl practice and that he needed to hustle for the duration of the play. Edwards declined an interview request after practice.
ATTENDANCE REPORT: RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) took part in positional drills, but stayed out of team drills. He has yet to practice fully. ... RB Joe McKnight, who missed a few days with a head injury, returned on a limited basis. He wore the red jersey (non-contact), as did FB Lex Hilliard (ribs). ... OLB Garrett McIntyre, who hurt his knee in the game, practiced. ... LB Josh Mauga (back), WR Titus Ryan (hamstring) and C Dalton Freeman (ankle) didn't practice. ... TE Kellen Winslow rested.
ODDS AND ENDS: As expected, S Jaiquawn Jarrett moved up to first-team defense. ... WR Stephen Hill, continuing his strong camp, made a 50-yard reception in 7-on-7. Nice throw from Smith. ... QB Matt Simms threw a long TD pass to Hayden Smith. Later, in 7-on-7, Simms was intercepted by CB Mike Edwards. ... Rex Ryan, who was criticized for not watching the offense during the preseason opener, spent the first portion of practice on the offensive side of the field.