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Jets Make the Most out of Wet, Windy Practice

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Team Gets Its First Lesson of Cortland Training Camp in Battling the Elements

When QB Michael Vick woke up this morning and saw the rain coming down, he said he thought today’s practice at SUNY Cortland would be a walkthrough. He soon learned, however, that the Jets don’t work like that.

The team closed the practice to the public today and moved to the turf field at Cortland Stadium, where they battled the swirling winds and rain for one of their last training camp practices this summer in central New York.

“It was wet and it was cold, but we had a great practice. The offense was in sync. We did a great job of executing,” Vick said. “You can’t ask for a much better practice in the rain. It doesn’t get any better than that. Guys were enthused. There was a lot of energy out there and we made the most of it.”

The energy Vick described was palpable as the offense and defense worked in the red zone during a period of team drills. The guys on the sidelines hooted and hollered, supporting their side of the ball. QB Geno Smith said the poor weather actually improved everyone’s morale.

“Any time we get in the red zone, guys are animated just because our offensive linemen and defensive linemen take pride in that, getting in the end zone,” he said. “It was very animated. I think the weather kind of boosted everyone up a little bit.”

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said the elements were only a benefit to the players, as it gave them insight into conditions they could play in this season. He added that there were some miscues by both sides of the ball, but that it is better that the team works through them now.

“Today, all of us, we had a little rain, you know, a little wind, and all of a sudden we have trouble lining up,” Mornhinweg said. “So it was a good thing today, by the way. Throwing the wet balls and catching the wet balls is a little bit of a distraction. So some of the players, I’m sure, got a little learning out of that as well.”

One player who learned from this experience was S Calvin Pryor, the Jets' first-round pick. He said he’s played in worse conditions, namely his last game in high school in which a downpour flooded the field. Today, however, he was focused on one thing.

“Just trying not to slip and fall, especially on the defensive side of the ball, just try not to slip and fall,” he said with a chuckle. “Be very cautious, make sure you have your footing under you and things like that. We still had to go play football. You got cleats on, you’re still going to be able to play and everything.”

Even a veteran like Vick was able to take something away from today’s practice. In his previous stops in Atlanta and Philadelphia, he said he never really practiced outside in the elements.

“Any time it rained or we had a lot of wind, we always went indoors the last couple years or wherever I’ve always been,” he said. “I haven’t practiced like this in a long time. It was different and took a while to get used to. It wasn’t one of my best practices by any means, but I got through it.”

Head coach Rex Ryan saw that the rain affected Vick’s performance more so than it did Geno’s, but said overall the team’s performance in the rain was “outstanding.”

“This whole training camp, the weather has worked out perfectly,” he said. “We need a wet day in there and we got one.”





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