New York Jets: Patrick Turner
Before practice, coach Rex Ryan revealed that Wayne Hunter has lost his starting job at right tackle in favor of Austin Howard.
After practice, Santonio Holmes declared himself fit to play Sunday night against the Carolina Panthers.
In between, the Jets worked out for 2½ hours Thursday afternoon in front of a few hundred fans as training camp winds to a close. They got to see Howard take all the reps with the first unit, and Holmes get a few live reps as well -- wearing a red no-contact jersey -- as he continues to recover from a rib injury.
In terms of other practice observations:
INJURY REPORT: RB Joe McKnight, who missed Wednesday's practice with shin splints, was back on the field, but limited. S LaRon Landry was also limited for precautionary reasons. ... TE Jeff Cumberland, WR Patrick Turner, WR Chaz Schilens, DT Sione Pouha, CB Ellis Lankster and LB Ricky Sapp did not practice.
GROUND AND POUND: The Jets worked extensively on their running game Thursday. Gang Green averaged just 1.8 yards per carry in Saturday night's preseason loss to the Giants, gaining 58 yards on 32 totes.
OPPOSITE SIDES: The first-team offense and first-team defense rarely matched up against each other Thursday. The Jets were likely preparing for Sunday night's game against the Panthers, having the first-stringers face scout teams.
THE HIGHLIGHT? Mark Sanchez completed a beautiful pass over the middle to Royce Pollard on one of the few plays when both the first-team offense and first-team defense matched up against each other, in 11-on-11 drills. Pollard went high to reel in the ball, in between safeties Yeremiah Bell and Josh Bush. Sanchez was fired up after the play.
On the day, Sanchez completed four of seven passes against the first-team defense. Tim Tebow went 2-for-3 against them, with a sack.
In 7-on-7 drills, LB David Harris dropped a gimme interception thrown by Tebow. But he made up for it with a nice pick on a pass thrown by Greg McElroy. Rookie LB Demario Davis also had an interception late in practice, in 11-on-11 drills.
THE KICKING GAME: Nick Folk nailed all three of his field goal attempts at the end of practice, including one from 53 yards away. Josh Brown also connected from 53 yards, but missed a shorter attempt.
REMEMBER ME? Former Jets offensive tackle Damien Woody, now an ESPN analyst, visited practice on Thursday, along with his two sons. Kind of ironic, considering this was the day the Jets made a switch at Woody's former position.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- On the first day of training camp, Rex Ryan announced wide receiver Santonio Holmes had a hamstring injury. And so does Stephen Hill. Plus Patrick Turner, Royce Pollard, Jeremy Kerley and DeMarcus Ganaway have bad hammies as well.
In fact, a good majority of the wide receivers were nursing some kind of hamstring injury, and Ryan sheepishly joked that it might have been his fault.
"I want to push these guys and that’s exactly what we’ve done," Ryan said on the first day of the team’s mandatory minicamp Tuesday. "Obviously, I think I’ve probably pushed the wide out group in particular a little too hard. Now that’s what we call an after-action report and that will certainly be in there."
Daniel Kharrazi is an orthopedic surgeon at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles who follows the Jets. He said hamstring injuries usually occur when there is a history of injury, or if the muscle is overextended. The possibility is increased if the muscle is weakened or fatigued.
Given that they are professional athletes, Kharrazi doubts it’s a lack of conditioning that’s causing the injuries, and speculated that, considering what Ryan said, fatigue could have been the issue.
"I don’t think their guys are weak. I don’t think they have reduced flexibility," Kharrazi said.
He has not examined any of the Jets, so he can not give specifics on how long players might be out. In general, depending on how the strain is graded, it should be healed by the time the team has to report for training camp on July 26.
"If it’s a grade one or two," Kharrazi said, "the odds are pretty good they’ll be healed. The muscle fibers start to form scar tissue and need three to six months to recover fully."
Odds are, most of the affected wide receivers won’t have a recurrence of the initial injury, but Kharrazi said that prior injury can make the muscle more vulnerable in the future.
PATRICK TURNER: The wide receiver is battling for the fifth wide receiver spot. He had no catches in Thursday's game and finished the preseason with seven catches for 39 yards and a touchdown. He didn't have a catch in the final two games.
Turner, who was primarily on the Jets practice squad last year and had two catches, believed he showed the coaches he could catch the ball and block during the preseason. He also said he showed he can contribute to the offense and be smart.
"I feel like I didn't hurt myself in the preseason," Turner said. "Of course, there's some things I want back but what can you do about? All I can do is what's ahead of me."
JEFF CUMBERLAND: Cumberland is battling for the third tight end spot. He made the team's opening roster last season and played in the final game of the regular season against Buffalo and is hoping for a repeat this year.
He had three catches for 36 yards on Thursday and finished with 11 catches for 156 yards in the preseason. He thought his blocking improved over the course of the preseason and is better than last season.
Said Cumberland: "I'm not nervous at all. There's no need for me to be nervous, I went out there and gave it my all each time I was out there on the field and throughout practice, I went out there and gave it my all and that's all you can do and when you know you did that, there's no need to be nervous no matter what happens, if it's a cut or practice squad, whatever it is, there's no need to be nervous when you went out there and gave it your all."
GARRETT MCINTYRE: Mcintrye is trying to win one of the backup linebacker positions. He last was with an NFL team in the 2006 preseason, as he was with Arizona and Tennessee, before playing in the CFL and the AFL.
Mcintyre had one special teams tackle Thursday and had nine combined tackles in the preseason to go with two sacks. He said once he started getting reps at practice and learning the system, he thought he picked it up real well.
He expects the news few days to be stressful.
"This is my last chance in the league, so if I don't make it, maybe I'll play for another team, but if not I probably go finish my career up in Canada, so this is it for me and I hope that I stick," Mcintyre said.
The Jets worked out former Patriots linebacker Shawn Crable Friday, just three days after New England cut their 2008 third-round pick. The Jets will play the Patriots on Dec. 6.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan did not say much about Crable, as he wasn’t sure whether he could comment.
“He’s real tall and skinny,” Ryan said.
Crable played in six games for the Patriots this season, recording four tackle and .5 sacks. He was injured often during his time with New England.
AFC East teams have been quick this season to claim players cut from other teams, such as the Patriots signing former Jet Danny Woodhead, and the Jets signing former Dolphin Patrick Turner.
TURNER READY TO GO: With Jerricho Cotchery out for Sunday’s game with his groin injury, the Jets will promote wide receiver Patrick Turner from the practice squad to the active roster. This will be Turner’s second game on the active roster with the Jets. He did not record a catch Sept. 26 against Miami.
While Turner did not know what his status would be for Sunday while talking to the media, he’s excited for his chance.
“I went through this week preparing like it’s a possibility of that, and if that occurs, I feel that I prepared myself that I can go in there and perform and help out the team,” Turner said. “I feel I can go in there and help the team accomplish its goals and that’s to get a win.”
DESPERATION: After a 4-2 start, Houston comes into Sunday having lost three straight games and in the process hurting its chance at making the playoffs for the first time in team history. The Texans are two games behind the Colts in the AFC South and two games behind Pittsburgh for the final wildcard spot.
While that losing streak could give the Texans the label of being desperate, veteran defensive tackle Trevor Pryce does not believe desperation makes a difference .
“Your job description is to go out there and win football games,” Pryce said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re desperate, you’re not desperate, lolly gagging, that’s your job description. Being a desperate team doesn’t make them any more or less dangerous and I don’t see them as a desperate team. I see them as a very good football team.”
SALUTE FOR THE TROOPS: The Jets hosted Military Day on Friday, entertaining troops from local bases and the New Jersey National Guard. Ryan said he had one of the military personnel judge the puck board contest, while another kicked a field goal.
“I always like having our guys around the military,” Ryan said. “You realize how thankful we should be. The guys are serving our country and (it shows us) how fortunate we are to have men like that and women like that serving our country so we can have the freedom to do this. It was just great.”