Monday, August 8, 2011
Practice report: 'Tone, Plax and Mase
By Rich Cimini
After much anticipation, the Jets' Big Three at wide receiver finally lined up together in a practice.
In the first team rep, at precisely 3:42 p.m., Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason entered the huddle and fist-bumped their new teammates. Mason lined up in the slot, with Burress and Santonio Holmes on the outside. On the first play, Mark Sanchez completed a short pass to Mason, who beat nickel back Kyle Wilson.
Over the next five plays in the first session, the WR reps were divided this way: Holmes five, Burress three, Mason three, Jeremy Kerley three and Logan Payne three.
In the next team session (eight reps), Burress sat out. The WR reps were divided like this: Kerley five, Mason four, Michael Campbell three, Holmes two, Payne two and Patrick Turner one. At the end of practice, in the two-minute drill, the starters rested, with Kerley, Payne and Turner receiving the bulk of the reps.
Mason caught two passes, one from the slot, one from the outside. (Holmes also saw some time in the slot.) Burress didn't catch any. After practice, Mason said he felt good, but he admitted that his legs started to feel the fatigue about midway through the three-hour session.
FASHION STATEMENT: Mason wore pink cleats during practice. He got razzed by LB Bart Scott, his old friend from Baltimore, but there was a reason for the odd choice of footwear. Mason did it to honor his mother, who is battling breast cancer. She's in remission. Mason said he received permission from the coaches to wear the shoes.
BRINGING THE HEAT: Just because it's practice doesn't mean it doesn't get competitive between offense and defense. During a two-minute drill, when the pace is fast and tempers are short, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer berated an official for a bad spot on a sideline pass to LaDainian Tomlinson. I mean, Schottenheimer was hot. (He later apologized to the official.) Even mild-mannered Tom Moore, an offensive consultant, said a few words to the official.
Moments later, after a Sanchez-to-Payne completion over the middle, Schottenheimer yelled for a timeout. He also barked, "Get him some water" -- presumably meaning Sanchez.
Scott, on defense, snapped back, "Water is for b------!"
To which Schottenheimer fired back, "You want two-a-days, you got it" -- a reference to Scott's pre-camp comment about the NFL going soft by eliminating two-a-days.
Gotta love it.
KERLEY STRIKES AGAIN: The rookie from TCU enjoyed another strong performance. He made the catch of the day, a diving grab on an 18-yard out from Sanchez. The cornerback in coverage was none other than Darrelle Revis. Impressive stuff. In another drill, working with the second team, Kerley caught a couple of balls on Wilson.
Fellow rookie WR Scotty McKnight (seventh round, Colorado), working with the second group, scored on a 35-yard TD pass from Mark Brunell.
ODDS AND ENDS: Revis picked off Sanchez, jumping a slant route by Campbell. Overall, Sanchez was 4-for-10 in team drills, plus 3-for-8 in the two-minute ... RB LaDainian Tomlinson dropped a fourth-down pass in the two-minute drill ... Nick Folk went 3-for-4 in FGs, making from 33, 37 and 39 and missing from 48. Challenger Nick Novak was 4-for-4, making from 35, 39, 41 and 48 yards ... S Jim Leonhard (leg) participated in some team drills.