Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Practice report: Chris Ivory rolls ankle
By Jane McManus
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Running back Chris Ivory didn’t make it all the way through the New York Jets' practice, stopping after he rolled his ankle. Jets coach Rex Ryan said the team would likely hold Ivory out of Thursday’s practice, the last day of the team’s mandatory minicamp.
“It’s not severe or anything, but if you noticed he never finished today, that was the reason,” Ryan said.
Last season, a hamstring pulled late in the offseason kept Ivory, then a new arrival with the Jets, from participating for the first week in training camp. Ivory played in 15 games for the Jets last season, with 182 carries for 833 yards and three touchdowns.
Last season, the Jets were down a few running backs as Mike Goodson failed to report and Ivory dealt with his hamstring. At one point, Ryan was concerned that they were running Powell into the ground, but there weren’t a lot of other backs to turn to.
Chris Johnson, who had knee surgery, said he expects to be ready for training camp, but it’s unlikely he’ll get a full slate of reps after his injury.
Offense rebounds: Ryan wasn’t happy after the first day of the minicamp, when errors on offense led to 7 sets of 10 push-ups for all of the staff on the field. There weren’t as many pushups on Wednesday, but Woody Johnson was on the sideline for a flag and the billionaire owner dropped to the grass and did a set of 10.
Johnson had good form, but should probably keep his day job. It’s more lucrative anyway.
High points: Quarterback Geno Smith connected with receiver David Nelson twice on both sides of the end zone. The two seem to be developing their chemistry. Greg Salas also looked good, making several catches including a high ball over the defense that would likely have been a touchdown in a game.
Landry list: Safety Dawan Landry continues to play with the second team as Antonio Allen and Calvin Pryor get first-team reps. Ryan has said he’s experimenting with different pieces and seeing how they play together. Something to watch for during training camp.
- Mike Vick was intercepted by Jaiquawn Jarrett late in practice, although it didn’t look like there was a receiver in the vicinity.
“He had the interception,” quarterbacks coach David Lee said. “Other than that, shoot, he played lights out. He threw about five touchdown passes.”
- Rookie tight end Jace Amaro also rebounded from a tough practice two weeks ago. He caught a nice pass from Vick in traffic.
“I’ve been please with him,” Ryan said. “...The thing I’m impressed with [is] he’ll block in space, and that’s one of the hardest things to do, to get a big guy to be able to handle that, so that would lead me to think he can be a decent inline blocker as well.”
Ryan noted the turnaround and said the bad practice was a good chance to show a rookie the difference between college and the pros.
“Every time a rook does something like that, gives you an opportunity to get on him, I think you should take it,” Ryan said.
- Rookie linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali has been getting quite a few reps with the second team as well. A few other Jets noted that he’s been developing.
- The Jets' final practice of minicamp will be tomorrow morning.