Offensive POD: It was hot at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center for this afternoon's practice, and Ryan Fitzpatrick added to the sizzle with a heat-seeking 55-yard TD missile to WR Eric Decker, with the ball traveling more than 60 yards in the air. "Chunk plays are awesome, those explosive players. ... I think we're going to continue to get better at that," said Fitzpatrick, adding with some self-deprecating humor, "I think it surprised Deck because such a noodle-arm quarterback threw the ball. But it was a good connection."
Defensive POD: Few NFL defenders are as athletic as Sheldon Richardson. Even though Richardson won't play OLB this season, he displayed his coverage skills in the Jets' first practice following Thursday night's preseason-opening victory with terrific lateral movement as he came up with a PD on a Fitzpatrick pass.
Last-Second Success: Late in the practice, the first offense, trailing 17-9 on the scoreboard, was down to its last goal-to-go play. Fitz hit the leaping Brandon Marshall for the fade TD, then came back with a dart to Quincy Enunwa in the back middle of the end zone for the tying "deuce," after which Fitz and "Q" did a leaping hip bump in celebration.
Hot-Hot-Hot: The temperature reached the mid-90s and the heat index was around 105 for this practice. Head coach Todd Bowles said he didn't bring up much about how it was back when he played in the era of two-a-days, three-hour practices and limited breaks: "They can't remember back that far so I don't try to get into that. I just try to make sure they're hydrated and that they take care of each other and bring each other up to get through the practice, and that's what they did."
T Ben Ijalana said practice was "tough to start out with. Thank God we were not on the [Field]turf. Luckily enough there was some wind, which is vital, and a little cloud coverage. And they gave us some breaks, definitely longer than usual, which is greatly appreciated. So they're looking out for us."
Fitzpatrick said he probably downed "10 bottles of water" and added, "I know the linemen are crushing it and they're drinking a lot more than I am. Some of the guys have to change their shoes. They get so sweaty, so sopping wet that they have to do a 'quick oil change' out there and get the new shoes on and go."
Jets Hit the Field After Preseason Win
Notables: With MLB David Harris having an excused absence, rookie Darron Lee got work with the first unit alongside Erin Henderson. ... FB Tommy Bohanon drove rookie Lee off his feet. After taking a handoff out of the gun, "Bo" got a head of steam and Lee was just in the way. ... S Rontez Miles, coming off his solid Thursday game showing, popped RB Romar Morris after a carry, the ball came out, and rookie CB Juston Burris recovered. ... Morris hurt his shoulder on the play. "They were going into a pile, so we told them to go down and wrap up," Bowles said of the injury. "It was unfortunate that it happened, but it's camp. These things happen."
Breno's Aching Back: Both Ben Ijalana and Brent Qvale continue to work with the first unit at RT while Breno Giacomini remains on PUP. You can read my Ben/Brent story late Sunday morning. As for Breno, Bowles said, "There's a light, but there's no timetable. It's a back injury, you never know. He could be fine next week, he could take a couple of weeks, so we don't know at this time."
Jets' Aching Backfield: The snakebit position so far in camp is the offensive backfield. Matt Forte, Bernard Pierce and Khiry Robinson worked on the side, Bilal Powell left practice early but came back, Morris hurt his shoulder, Dominique Williams was injured vs. the Jaguars, and newly signed Lache Seastrunk came off later. That left first-year LB/FB Julian Howsare to take handoffs at tailback. Next man up.
DNP: RBs Forté (hamstring), Pierce (hamstring), Robinson (leg) and Williams (concussion), DL Steve McLendon (toe), S Doug Middleton, OLB Trevor Reilly (leg), TE Wes Saxton (leg).