Two stated goals for the Jets in 2018 are play better situational football and finish games. On the third day of training camp, the offense ended festivities with a pair of dramatic endings.
Trailing 16-10, Josh McCown had nine seconds to get his unit into the end zone from the 9-yard-line. Receiving time from his offensive line, McCown fired a rope to TE Neal Sterling inside the goal line. Taking a shot from S Jamal Adams, Sterling held on for the score.
Teddy Bridgewater took over the second-team offense, faced with the same situation. Wide receiver Tre McBride got a step on a pair of defenders while heading to the back pylon and Bridgewater put the ball only where he could get it. McBride, who had eight receptions last season with the Bears, didn't let go to the sprial as he sprawled to the ground.
"Today was a fun day competing with our defense and what a way to end practice," Bridgewater said. "I'm excited and looking forward to the days ahead."
Physicality Picks Up
For the first time in camp, the Jets were in pads Sunday. It was a spirited session throughout and head coach Todd Bowles was satisfied with the effort.
"The intensity was good. The physical part was good," he said. "Obviously it's the third day and first day in pads. There were some overzealous guys and we have to clean up some things, but overall I'm pretty pleased."
Veteran safety JJ Wilcox had one of the finest efforts of the afternoon, stripping RB Thomas Rawls of the ball and recovering it himself for what would have been a long return.
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It's a small sample size, but both ILB Darron Lee and S Jamal Adams are both off to hot starts. Showing his versatility, Adams shed a block and got a hold of Isaiah Crowell after a short gain. Moments later, he came off the edge for a would-be sack of McCown.
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Lee, who has added play-calling duties to his responsibilities this year, trucked rookie RB Trenton Cannon in a 1-on-1 pass rush/blocking drill and later came back in pass coverage and stopped Bilal Powell behind the line of scrimmage.
"It's a big season for everybody, it's not just Darron," Bowles said. "He's not an individual that needs a great season. We need a great season as a team, as a defense, as an offense and as special teams. We don't look at individual performance, but we look in shape every year. It's his third year. The game should slow down for him, he should play faster."
On the Mend
After fracturing his foot Friday, second-year running back Eli McGuire will need surgery. While there is no timetable on his return, both DL Xavier Cooper (strain) and S Brandon Bryant (soreness) aren't expected to miss significant time. Safety Marcus Maye (ankle) and wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (ankle) continue to participate in individual drills, but wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (neck) worked in team periods for a second consecutive day.
"It's building every day," said Enunwa, who wore a red pinnie at practice. "These days are definitely helpful for me to get reps with those guys and show them what I'm capable of doing, making plays when they're giving me the ball. Not playing last year, it kind of put me back just slightly, but I've been here during OTAs and now. They understand me and I understand them."
Derrick "Bones" Jones tasted glory and agony on back-to-back plays in 7-on-7 work, picking off Bridgewater in the end zone and was flagged for being too handsy with Chad Hansen… Sterling, a 6'4", 275-pounder who attended Manasquan HS had five catches against the Patriots in Week 17, is an athletic guy who keeps on popping up at the tight end position… On three consecutive plays, Bridgewater rolled left for a short toss to Jordan Leggett, rolled left and threw an impressive pass to Chris Herndon and scrambled to the right for five yards before ending the play with a perfect slide. The knee? Looks good.