Postcard from camp: Jets
The Jets are holding camp for the first time at Cortland State University, a state-funded institutions that's part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It was important to new head coach
The Jets put in a new grass field that they'll practice on often, but the effects of recent rain forced them inside for the practice I watched on Monday. The crowd on hand was small but vocal, including repeated chants of "Leon, Leon!" every time the Jets best playmaker,
Sanchez struggled for the most part and spent an inordinate amount of time running around while trying to find an open receiver. He has to continue to work on seeing things faster and getting rid of the ball if nothing is available. If that internal clock doesn't start to go off soon, the preseason could get ugly. It should be noted that Sanchez is also working with the second unit for the most part, so the talent surrounding him is not nearly what it is for Clemens.
Therein lies the problem for the Jets. You have to believe they prefer that Sanchez shows he is ready to handle the job. And truth be told, I really like the way they are slowly giving him more reps with the first unit as opposed to thrusting him in from day one. But if Sanchez plays poorly in the preseason games and Clemens plays at a competent level or better, the Jets will be hard-pressed to start the season with Sanchez under center. Fortunately for Sanchez, it's still awfully early.
Speaking of Ryan, I have a yet to meet a player or person in the organization who doesn't love the guy. No matter how much money guys are getting paid in the NFL, they can still take their game to another level or play just a little bit harder if they truly believe in and like their coach.
"Rex's approach trickles down to even the offensive guys," said wide receiver
What's lacking at times is the fire and passion all elite rushers seem to have. The sense of urgency when Gholston is trying to get to the quarterback is not always evident, and one has to wonder if it will ever show up. In my experience, players either have it or they don't.
"How am I supposed to look?" asked Gholston when questioned about whether or not he has the killer instinct or a hunger to get to the quarterback. "I really don't even know what that means or what people want me to be doing. Am I supposed to run around and do cartwheels after I make a tackle or something? When I am out here, I am in work mode and I just don't see how jumping around helps that."
Of the former Ravens who followed Ryan from Baltimore to New York, inside linebacker
The Jets had three draft choices, which gives them the smallest class of drafted rookies in the league. The one to keep an eye on, other than Sanchez, of course, is running back
With talented running backs Jones and Washington already on the roster, it's unlikely Greene will have a huge impact as a rookie. His most likely role will be in either short-yardage situations or at the end of games, when the Jets are looking to run out the clock. That's when his bruising style can really wear down an already tired defense. His forte in the Big Ten was breaking tackles, which may be exactly what the Jets need.
When a third skirmish broke out near the conclusion of the inside running period, a couple of players nearby began to simply act like they were throwing haymakers at each other. But