New York Jets: Kerry Hyder

Mailbag: Rex-Pettine repeat of Eric-Bill?

June, 21, 2014
Jun 21
This is our post-minicamp edition of the mailbag. What say you, New York Jets fans? @RichCimini: I find it hard to believe the Rex Ryan-Mike Pettine relationship has deteriorated to the Bill Belichick-Eric Mangini level, but I think it's fair to say it took a wrong turn with PlaybookGate. Ryan was disappointed and hurt by Pettine's comments and, yes, he probably felt betrayed. Who could blame him? The Belichick-Mangini relationship, already strained before SpyGate, was completely severed when Mangini blew the whistle on his mentor's spying operation. Tough to top that in terms of acts of disloyalty. After that, the chill was on display for every post-handshake between them. It's too bad the Jets don't play the Cleveland Browns this season; the handshake would've been a must-watch event. @RichCimini: I know most fans don't want to hear this, but they're content with the current cast. The coaches were almost giddy with Dexter McDougle's performance over the last two weeks, so they feel they can go four or five deep at corner -- Dee Milliner, Dimitri Patterson, Kyle Wilson, McDougle and Darrin Walls. Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, not one to toss around compliments, talked about McDougle as if he's the next Darrelle Revis. As I've said, I'd be surprised if they get involved with Brandon Flowers. The brass feels comfy with the current situtation. @RichCimini: Stephen Hill and Quinton Coples wouldn't be considered surprises because they were highly-drafted players a couple of years ago. Keep a close watch on guard Oday Aboushi, who impressed during the spring. I think he will push for the starting job at left guard, which will affect incumbent Brian Winters (right guard in minicamp) and, possibly, returning right guard Willie Colon. If you're looking for a super surprise, remember this name -- Kerry Hyder. The undrafted defensive lineman from Texas Tech really showed up in minicamp. At 6-foot-2, 280 pounds, he's undersized for the Jets' scheme, but Ryan & Co. have a way of finding roles for defensive linemen who can play, regardless of size. @RichCimini: It's an interesting situation because it's a new situation. The Class of 2011 (first round) is the first affected by the new CBA rules. Obviously, the Jets want to sign Muhammad Wilkerson to an extension, but there's no sense of urgency this year because he's under contract through 2015. His cap numbers for '14 and '15 are $2.2. million and $7.0 million, respectively -- team-friendly costs. John Idzik is a hard-line negotiator who likes to maximize leverage. Well, he has all the leverage in this case, so that tells me he will try to get a deal done by the start of the season. The question is whether he makes it sweet enough to satisfy Wilkerson. Keep an eye on the J.J. Watt situation in Houston; he's in the same boat as Wilkerson. If a Watt deal gets done, the Jets and Wilkerson can use that as a measuring stick. They might as well take advantage of all their cap room. An extension also would send a positive message to their best player and the rest of the locker room -- and the fan base, for that matter. @RichCimini: Without a doubt, it was Jalen Saunders. He's only 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, but he's one feisty dude. He has good short-area quickness and catches the ball well. He got a lot of reps with the first-team sub packages, getting on the field when they went to spread formations. It'll be interesting to see how he makes the transition when the pads go on, because like I said, he's just a wisp of a receiver. He's also one of the leading candidates at punt returner. Shaq Evans looked lost in minicamp, dropping a lot of passes, but he was understandably rusty, having missed the OTA practices due to school obligations. Of the rookies, he has the most complete skill set, so I'm looking forward to seeing him in training camp. Quincy Enunwa didn't jump out. He looks the part -- a solidly built 6-foot-2 -- but he's behind the others and could have trouble making the team.

Practice notes: Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy

June, 17, 2014
Jun 17
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- A few takeways from Day 1 of the New York Jets' minicamp:

1. What a mess: Let's let Rex Ryan describe the day: "It got ugly out there." Did it ever. The two-hour practice was filled with penalties and dropped passes. As usual, there were game officials at practice and they were told to crack down on defensive holding calls, according to Ryan. The last segment of practice resembled last year's game against the Buffalo Bills, when they set a franchise record with 20 penalties. Linebacker Garrett McIntyre was flagged for holding, negating an interception. Looking at the silver lining, it was a good day for fitness. That is because the entire team dropped for 10 push ups after every penalty.

2. Rookie yips: Rookie WR Shaq Evans, who missed the organized team activities (10 practices) because of school obligations, looked rusty and struggled mightily. He dropped two balls against air (no defense) and he dropped another in team drills. In between the mishaps, he made a nice sideline catch in a 7-on-7 drill. Not surprisingly, Evans, a fourth-round pick, was out of sync with the quarterbacks, resulting in miscommunications. Fellow fourth-round pick Jalen Saunders had a drop in 7-on-7s, but it was an overall solid practice. Sixth-round WR Quincy Enunwa, FB Tommy Bohanon and WR Eric Decker had one drop apiece.

3. Your QB update: Despite the overall sloppiness, Geno Smith and Michael Vick managed to avoid any major blunders, meaning turnovers. Smith completed six of 10 passes, with a sack.

Vick was 7-for-10, with a sack. He missed a couple of open receivers on deep throws, once underthrowing David Nelson with a fluttering pass that was nearly intercepted. Vick was intercepted in 7-on-7 drills, when he threw for Decker on a post route. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson made a great read and jumped the route. He's a cagey vet. Patterson figured out the route combination on that side of the field and knew Decker was going to break to the inside. On the positive side, Vick displayed some of his legendary mobility, scrambling away from pressure on at least two occasions.

Obviously, individual stats don't mean much in minicamp. The division of reps sometimes tells you more about a player's progress -- or lack thereof. In the first team period, devoted to third down, Smith worked with the starters for six out of eight reps. Vick got the other two reps. In the second team period, devoted to the no-huddle, Smith got all 10 reps with the first-team offense. Get the picture? If the reps are divided the same way in training camp, it will be tough for Vick to supplant Smith, as the coaches have indicated.

4. Impressive corner: Rookie Dexter McDougle, who got a late start in the offseason program because of a shoulder surgery from a college injury, continued to make plays. Working with the second-team defense, the third-round pick made at least two pass breakups. He's aggressive at the line of scrimmage, not afraid to engage with a receiver. "I think you saw a little of why we're so excited about him," Ryan said. McDougle and Darrin Walls were the second-team cornerbacks, behind Dee Milliner and Patterson.

5. Odds and ends: Nice day for rookie DT Kerry Hyder, an undrafted free agent from Texas Tech. He had a sack and interception. He picked off Matt Simms on a screen pass. ... This was another mediocre practice for Simms, who is battling rookie Tajh Boyd for the No. 3 job. ... Rookie Calvin Pryor and Antonio Allen continued as the starting safety tandem, with veteran Dawan Landry on the second team. ... It looks like rookie TE Jace Amaro already is ahead of Jeff Cumberland in pass-oriented personnel packages. ... Six free agents were invited to participate on a tryout basis, including former Oakland Raiders fourth-round pick Bruce Campbell, a tackle. The others: Punters Drew Butler and Jacon Schum, kickers Andrew Furney and Carson Wiggs and guard Ray Dominguez.

6. Injury report: As expected, RB Chris Johnson (knee), RG Willie Colon (knee) and LB Antwan Barnes (knee) didn't participate in team drills. Johnson, who had surgery in January, participated in individual drills.