Under overcast skies, the New York Jets practiced in damp, cool conditions for their Thursday afternoon workout. Good news for the players: They have only one full-squad, double-session day left in training camp -- Saturday. This practice ended with a roar from the players. It came at the end, when Rex Ryan announced movie night -- no meetings and a trip to a local theater.
TV stars one night ("Hard Knocks"), moviegoers the next.
The star of practice was WR Santonio Holmes, who just might be the most complete receiver on the team. He flashed his skill set on two different plays, showing his vertical speed on a long completion from QB Mark Sanchez. (He beat CB Dwight Lowery, but the coverage wasn't half-bad.)
It was a fantastic throw by Sanchez, one of his best in camp, but this was an example of what Sanchez talked about in minicamp. Back then, he described Holmes' ability to track a long ball and accelerate under it -- a rare quality among receivers. It could add a vertical dimension to the offense that was lacking last season.
Later, Holmes made a diving catch on a comeback route, proving he's not just a one-trick pony. He has excellent short-area quickness and should be able to thrive in the short and intermediate zones.
Other practice notes:
1. WR David Clowney, making an un-Holmes-like play, dropped a pass from Sanchez in the end zone. The good news is that Clowney beat CB Antonio Cromartie, who is having a fine camp. The bad news is that he couldn't hold on. Clowney also had another drop.
2. Speaking of drops, rookie CB Kyle Wilson dropped a would-be interception and caught some razzing from S Jim Leonhard.
3. C Nick Mangold (head) sat out for the second straight practice. Rob Turner started in his spot.
4. RB LaDainian Tomlinson seemed to tweak his left ankle. He received attention from the trainer, but he got up and jogged, appeaing okay.
5. QB Mark Brunell returned after sitting out team drills in the morning.
6. Matt Slauson continued to get the bulk of the reps at left guard, ahead of rookie Vladimir Ducasse.