Tuesday, June 15, 2010
One play helps Sanchez salvage practice
By Tim Graham
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The first diplomatic response New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis delivered during minicamp came Tuesday afternoon, when I asked him why the defense looked so far ahead of the offense.
"I think both sides are going well," Revis said. "It's great competition out there. ... It's equal right now, I think."
Sure hasn't looked that way. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, still recovering from his surgically repaired left knee and getting used to new targets Santonio Holmes and LaDainian Tomlinson, has looked shaky against last year's top-rated defense. Sanchez engaged in trash talking with secondary coach Dennis Thurman after a particularly inefficient drill.
"Clearly, it was a defense-dominated day, which really is no surprise with the talent we have," Jets coach Rex Ryan said.
Sanchez has thrown his share of interceptions, and the offense has given motor-mouth nose tackle Kris Jenkins relentless ammunition from the sidelines.
That was until a two-minute drill at the end of Tuesday morning's practice.
Holmes ran a streak up the right sideline. Sanchez feathered a pretty spiral between Revis and safety Jim Leonhard. Holmes, sprinting through what appeared to be an overthrow, made a gorgeous catch. Holmes dragged both feet inbounds and fell just inside the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown.
"You can go 59 minutes, 59 seconds of playing perfect defense and have a miscommunication like they had in that two-minute drill," Ryan said, "it'll cost you a touchdown that ends up costing you a game."
After a mosh pit of jubilation broke up, right tackle Damien Woody hollered "Shut up, Jenkins!"
Sanchez and Holmes kept it up in the locker room. Holmes was headed out when Sanchez stepped out of the shower.
"Good job, Tone," Sanchez said while toweling off. "Average catch today. Pretty good throw, I know."