Is that glass half full or is it half empty? Turnover margin has to improve if the Jets want to contend in 2014 and the good news is the defense found an oasis in the desert today as it amassed six takeaways. But the ball security wasn’t there for the offense and Marty Mornhinweg won’t be happy with those turnovers.
Player of the Day: Demario Davis. The Jets WLB set the tone, intercepting Geno Smith on a WR screen and then the pirates on D stole the rest of the workout.
Three Pick 6s: After Davis celebrated his score, Antonio Allen got into the act with an interception of a Mike Vick pass. Allen did benefit with some good fortune as TE Jace Amaro — the intended target — slipped. Finally, rookie LB Steele Divitto, a Boston College product, made it a trifecta when he made an athletic play on a Tajh Boyd toss and took it to the house.
Rookie Growing Pains: Safety Calvin Pryor worked to the side with trainers today and is continuing to be evaluated after suffering a concussion on Saturday. Amaro (knee) returned to practice, but he did have a drop and was not on the same page as the quarterbacks a couple of times. Boyd, a sixth-rounder out of Clemson, had two picks and is swimming a bit. Brandon Dixon, a 6th-rounder from NW Missouri State, was on the receiving end of one of Boyd's deflected passes.
Dimitri ‘Floyd’ Patterson: If you come out to camp, watch No. 24. He plays with an edge and has picked up his game in pads. The WRs don’t love him too much though as Clyde Gates took umbrage to Patterson today after David Nelson and the CB went a couple of rounds yesterday. It is cool in Central NY, but Patterson has raised the temperature.
Not All Bad on Offense: This just in – Chris Johnson is fast. On the first play of team drills, the Jets went misdirection to Johnson and that dude flew up the left sideline. Nice pump from Geno Smith caught an aggressive defense by surprise and that got Greg Salas free for a long score. Salas, who has run on a number of impressive routes in camp, had a pair of TD grabs — one in individuals and one in team. Veteran RG Willie Colon, who joined me on JTL today, said the Jets got some good work in on the interior. Oday Aboushi got reps with the first unit at LG.
Goal Line on Deck: The big boys better get some rest tonight. Rex Ryan told me that a goal line scrimmage will take place Thursday.
“That’s always an exciting time. You just keep your fingers crossed that nobody gets hurt,” Rex Ryan said. “But it’s one of those things — the only way to practice it is go full speed and we’ll do that tomorrow.”
And one more note for the road...
The Doctor’s Office: Pryor (concussion), RB Alex Green (chest), S Brandon Hardin (foot), WR David Nelson (groin), RB Bilal Powell (hamstring) and DE Zach Thompson (shoulder) did not practice. CB Johnny Patrick left early, but rookie WR Quincy Enunwa returned in a limited role.
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