New York Jets: The snap

The Snap: Training camp, Day 29

August, 22, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Training camp ends Thursday.

Thursday also marks the team's last practice before it's third and most important preseason game against the New York Giants Saturday night.

Jets coach Rex Ryan is expected to officially name Geno Smith his starting quarterback for the Giants game.
Smith, who has practiced with the first team the last three days, had arguably his best practice Wednesday, throwing more touchdowns (two) than incompletions (one).

On the injury front, cornerback Dee Milliner (calf), nose tackle Kenrick Ellis (back) and wideout Braylon Edwards (rest) remained out Wednesday. Top target Santonio Holmes (foot) doesn't sound like he'll be ready for Week 1, but he isn't ruling it out.

ICYMI: Corner Antonio Cromartie delivered a crushing hit on wide receiver Stephen Hill, which drew the ire of many of his teammates -- notably center Nick Mangold. Ryan wasn't too happy about it. Hill said there were no hard feelings. Cro wasn't around to comment. ... Special-teamer/running back Joe McKnight wouldn't talk to reporters. He told The AP he had a concussion, but Ryan wouldn't exactly confirm that. Guess McKnight's got bigger worries at this point, though, like making the team. Ryan also regretted saying his defense will finish in the top-five, though you know he believes it.

The Snap: Training camp, Day 1

July, 25, 2013
Year 5 of the Rex Ryan era begins in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

On Thursday, the Jets report to training camp at SUNY-Cortland, where they trained in 2009, 2010 and 2012. (In 2011, they stayed in Florham Park, N.J., because of the lockout.) They break camp Aug. 14.

While in Cortland, they will conduct 14 practices plus the annual Green & White scrimmage on Aug. 3. The first practice is Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon (open to the public). The first two practices are in shells; the players won't be in full pads until Sunday.

Thursday is check-in day, when players and coaches arrive and report for their dorm assignments. It's always an interesting sight, millionaire athletes checking into college dorms. Athletes from the other major team sports never have to rough it like this.

Rex Ryan and the players will be available to the media. The Day 1 hot-button topics:

1. The QB battle: Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith did a lot of chirping during the six-week hiatus; now it's time to walk the walk. Smith will be grilled about his no-show at "Jets West" and his recent "great shot" comment about winning the starting job. Was that a great shot at Sanchez?

2. Contract issues: Their top draft pick, CB Dee Milliner, remains unsigned. Fellow first-rounder, DT Sheldon Richardson, is on the verge of a four-year, $10.05 million deal and is expected in Cortland. Milliner's surgically repaired shoulder bears watching. He missed the offseason and will be eased in slowly, perhaps starting on the injured list.

3. Cleveland East: WR Braylon Edwards is expected to sign a one-year contract and will be in Cortland, marking his third stint with the team. He will be reunited with TE Kellen Winslow, a former teammate with the Browns. They formed a lethal tandem in 2007, combining for 162 catches, 2,395 yards and 21 touchdowns. But in the NFL, that was forever ago.

4. Rex on the hot seat: This could be Ryan's final season with the Jets. No doubt, he'll have something to say about that. He already talked plenty in an interview with

5. Tone Time: WR Santonio Holmes (foot) opens camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list. This was known for months; the question is, how long before he's cleared to practice?