6 Takeways from the Green & White Practice

Posted Aug 8, 2015

Defense Hot Early, Offense Hits Big Plays Late Before 10,000-Plus Fans at MetLife Stadium

Updated, 9:53 p.m. ET

The defense started out mostly ahead of the offense, but then the O roared back with a number of big plays in team drills at this year's Green & White practice at MetLife Stadium tonight.

More than 10,000 fans took advantage of free admission and the beautiful North Jersey evening to watch head coach Todd Bowles and the Jets take the field and conduct the practice in their home stadium.

"It's definitely great to be back and it's also great to practice in front of all the fans," CB Darrelle Revis said after the practice ended around 9 p.m. ET. "We just wanted to come out here and show then a great performance tonight."

Here are six instances of great performers and performances from the practice:

1. DBs Rule Early

CB Buster Skrine, who was very active in coverage during the week of practices at the Atlantic Health Training Center, continued his fine work in 7-on-7's, breaking up a Geno Smith pass to Eric Decker out of the slot early in the drills, then a Jake Heaps out route late.

And Rontez Miles, stepping up at S after Antonio Allen's Achilles injury, had a good night. In the second series of team drills, he batted away a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass on a blitz, then another Fitz-pass on third down. And Miles later recovered a Zac Stacy fumble at the goal line for a touchback.

2. Calvinball

Smith's second series of the night ended with a third-down giveaway to the Calvin Brothers. LB Calvin Pace executed a strip-sack when Geno tried to step up in the pocket, and S Calvin Pryor came up with the fumble for the defense.

3. Offensive Ka-Powell I

Fitzpatrick broke up the defense's fine night with a blitz-beating hot-read toss to WR Walt Powell, who split the defense and took the pass for a 65-yard touchdown.

4. Offensive Ka-Powell II

That scoring drive brought Geno Smith back under center, and he and the first offense struck for two TDs. The first play was a handoff to Bilal Powell, who broke free off right tackle and then cut back to the left to outrun Darrelle Revis to the goal line for a 39-yard score.

5. Marshall Eruption

Then the ball was placed at the plus-35 and Smith immediately went to Brandon Marshall on the go-route. Marshall leaped at the goal line for the snag over Antonio Cromartie and got the TD. On a later series, Smith then found Marshall for another score on a 1-yard slant.

6. Folk in Fine Form

Nick Folk hit his first try from 43 yards out and his second from 40, plus a pair of those new-fangled 33-yard extra points (ball snapped from the 15) after the first two touchdowns.

Then toward the end of practice Folk set up for a 56-yard try. As is typical in his summer/early-season form, Folk had no trouble drilling the ball true and with plenty of room. Had that kick come in a game rather than in the Green & White practice, it would have set the franchise's home distance record (Folk had a 55-yarder at MetLife last year) and tied the overall franchise distance record (Folk's 56-yarder at Denver in 2010).

Bowles told reporters afterward that there were several injuries in the receivers groups. WR Walt Powell injured his groin or hamstring on the TD pass, and WR T.J. Graham and TE Steve Maneri also had hamstring injuries. WR Chris Owusu didn't participate tonight after suffering a concussion at Friday's practice and is in the NFL's concussion protocol program.


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