Jets camp report: Day 6

July, 29, 2014
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of New York Jets' training camp:

" Look who's talking -- again. Yep, training camp had 2011 feel to it Tuesday, with Rex Ryan saying he's not upset with all the big talk coming from his locker room. "It's who we are," the coach said. Frankly, they're doing a lot of yapping for a team that hasn't made the playoffs in three years, but they're feeding off Ryan, who clearly is more confident than a year ago. Last summer, he was Uptight Rex, a shell of his former bombastic self. This summer, he's closer to the 2009-2011 version. It makes great copy for us media types, but it also creates an incredible amount of outside scrutiny. This is why people around the league, and around the country, love to take shots at the Jets. I wonder how general manager John Idzik feels. He said last week "he's okay with optimism" and that the confidence is "legitimate," but that was before the real chirping began.

" Rookie safety Calvin Pryor (concussion) missed practice again. If it were up to him, he probably would've been out there. That's based on the Instagram message he posted, saying he doesn't have a concussion. This is a classic example of why the NFL has a concussion protocol; it allows the doctors -- not the players -- decide when it's okay to return to action. The Jets haven't missed their first-round pick on the practice field -- Dawan Landry had a great practice Tuesday -- but they absolutely need him this season. Ryan, speaking of his secondary, noted how "the names aren't household names yet. Hopefully, by the time the season is over, some of them can step up and earn that." Pryor needs to be one of those players.

" We spoke too soon. One day after noting how the Jets have suffered fewer soft-tissue injuries than usual ... boom! Wide receiver David Nelson and running back Bilal Powell didn't finish practice because of groin and hamstring injuries, respectively. Nelson called it "a little bit of a muscle strain," saying he hopes to practice Wednesday. No word yet on Powell. In past years, the team was hit with an epidemic of various pulls and strains in training camp. This year, they're better equipped to handle a spate of injuries with better depth at most positions but, of course, they'd rather not be in that predicement.

" Ryan's defense showed some that old nasty, attacking the offense with a heavy dose of blitzing -- a kitchen-sink kind of day. It was vintage stuff, confusing the offense with players rushing from different directions. This raises a question: Will Ryan be more aggressive in his playcalling because of perceived weaknesses in the secondary? A year ago, Ryan scaled back on the pressure schemes, sending five or more rushers on 29.6 percent of the snaps -- 22nd in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He agreed that he might call more blitzes because the front seven is "pretty darn good," but he added that game plans will be based on "the chess match."

" Moment of the day: In one-on-one drills between wide receivers and cornerbacks, Michael Vick made his best throw of camp, a 50-yard completion to Saalim Hakim, who tumbled into the end zone. He beat cornerback Johnny Patrick.

" Quote of the day: "We've done a ton of push-ups. I'm sure everyone is tired of doing them. You guys (in the media) will be doing them to if you keep coming to practice." -- Vick, alluding to the number of penalties.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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