8 Observations from Practice

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Offensive POD: Todd Bowles continues to stress situational football. Late in practice, he put the offense in a "got to have it" situation down seven with time running off the clock. Ryan Fitzpatrick calmly led the first-team down the field, hooking up with RB Bilal Powell once and WR Brandon Marshall a pair of times. Then with the clock running out, Fitzpatrick found Kenbrell Thompkins in the corner of the end zone as the clock expired for the would-be tie score.

Defensive POD: There were a number of candidates, but let's give the nod to fourth-round pick Juston Burris. With Fitzpatrick hot as the blazing sun most of the afternoon, Burris had the unenviable red zone task of matching up with stud wideout Brandon Marshall. Fitzpatrick went to the fade, but the North Carolina State product competed well and knocked down the pass.

Second Practice of Training Camp Underway at AHJTC

Birthday Boy: After a quietly impressive spring, Kenbrell Thompkins is off to a good start in training camp. Before the touchdown catch, Fitzpatrick hit KT on a couple of back shoulder hook-ups and Geno Smith threw a beautiful toss to him in 7-on-7 work. Thompkins, who turned 28 today, caught 17 passes last season and could give the Jets a nice secondary option on a team with playmakers like Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte.

Seeing Red: Inside the red zone, Smith fired a short TD strike to TE Kellen Davis. Also inside the 20, DL Leonard Williams stuffed RB Dominique Williams behind the line of scrimmage. Williams consistently gets good push and DL Steve McLendon has also flashed at times in shorts.

Notables: Buster Skrine, who is vying for the No. 2 CB spot across from Darrelle Revis, made a tremendous read in 7-on-7 and intercepted a Fitzpatrick pass. In team, S Marcus Gilchrist thwarted a Geno Smith-led got to have it drive with an interception over the middle. Practice ended with some fireworks as Romar Morris, an undrafted free agent from North Carolina, took a handoff from Smith and sprinted to pay dirt from around 25 yards out.

Pads Tomorrow: Real football begins Saturday as the Jets will be in pads for the first time of camp. The team will also host the public for the first of their six open practices this summer.

DNP: RB Matt Forté (hamstring), CB Darrelle Revis (wrist) & DL Sheldon Richardson (personal). Bowles said Richardson was excused and will be out a couple of days.

PUP List: LG James Carpenter (hamstring), RT Breno Giacomini (back), DB Kendall James, RB Khiry Robinson (leg), WR Devin Smith (knee) & DL Muhammad Wilkerson (leg).

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