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Coordinators' Media Report: 8/9

Gailey, Rodgers and Boyer Address Media for First Time Since Start of Camp


Following today's practice, the Jets' three coordinators addressed the media.

Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey focused on the quarterbacks, specifically the value of Geno Smith given his experience as a starter in the league. Gailey also touched on the growth of second-round pick Christian Hackenberg and running back Bilal Powell's impressive camp. As for running back Matt Forte, who hasn't fully practiced because of a hamstring injury, Gailey isn't concerned.

"If he were a second- or third-year guy I'd be more concerned," he said. "But with his experience, he's learning the offense, which is like learning a new language. I think once he gets a few reps, he'll adapt very quickly to what we're doing. We'll take all we can get and I think he will too. He wants to be out there practicing."

Speed is the name of the game for defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers. After discussing the development of outside linebackers Jordan Jenkins and Lorenzo Mauldin, Rodgers highlighted the athleticism of the front seven and the value of Pro Bowler Muhammad Wilkerson, who was activated off the PUP list earlier today.

"It just makes it better for everybody and makes a tough situation for us on who to put out there," Rodgers said on Wilkerson's return. "We feel like Sheldon can make plays, Mo can make plays, Leonard can make plays, Steve can make plays and the young guys we got in behind them can make plays. It's a big question, we're still tossing that one around."

Lastly, first-year special teams coordinator Brant Boyer took the podium and assessed his new-look special teams unit. While Boyer mentioned the kicking competition, the returners and his philosophy of 100 miles per hour, he explained everything in camp needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

"It's hard to evaluate when you're not going full speed a lot," he said. "It's hard to sit here and try to make a judgment on people. Some guys are gamers and some guys will get out there and really struggle. It's hard to judge, but I'll have a better idea in the next couple of weeks what we have. I'm really excited to watch these kids play." 

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