High Heat: 9 Takeaways from Practice


Offensive POD: Geno Smith has big-time arm talent and today he showcased his accuracy on the long ball, placing a perfect toss down the left sideline to WR Chandler Worthy. While CB Juston Burris wasn't in awful position, Smith placed the rock in a place that only his receiver could get it. Worthy got it and tacked on six points much to the delight of the Green & White faithful.

Defensive POD: The versatile Buster Skrine is playing all over the field for the Jets. He continues to line up outside in base and at nickel in sub packages. Matched up with WR Kenbrell Thompkins, the physical Skrine draped KT on the outside and found Ryan Fitzpatrick's ball coming right toward the two jostling for position. Skrine played it like a receiver, hauled in the pass and then had clear sailing the other way.

Pryor Theft: S Calvin Pryor, known for his hard-hitting style up in the box, continues to make strides in space. Pryor read a Fitzpatrick pass intended for Jalin Marshall and came up with a pick today in a team drill.

Forté Update: Veteran RB Matt *Forté, who received a loud ovation when he appeared on the sideline late in the session, participated in individuals drills. When asked if he thought *Forté had to play in the preseason, head coach Todd Bowles stressed practice first and reiterated that No. 22 is making progress with his recovery.

"He needs to practice at some point, obviously. He's going to need to practice. Nobody's going to stay hurt forever and just come in and play game one," Bowles said. "But he's making progress, he's got time and we'll just play it day by day."

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Bohanon Has New Role: The Jets are dealing with a lot of injuries at the running back position as Forté and Bernard Pierce have hamstring issues, newcomer Khiry Robinson (leg) is taking part in just individual drills, Romar Morris sustained a shoulder injury Saturday and Dominique Williams went out with a head injury against the Jaguars. So that means FB Tommy Bohanon has gotten a number of touches the past two days and today he had a long rush up the sideline along with a few receptions.

OLB Pack: CFL transplant Freddie Bishop flashed on a couple of occasions with his pass rushes. Bishop has predominantly worked with the second team while Lorenzo Mauldin and rookie Jordan Jenkins continue to work with the first unit. As far as the competition across from Mauldin, Bowles said the Jets are waiting for people to separate from the pack.

Notables: The cornerbacks had active hands today as Burris ripped the ball out of Charone Peake's grasp on one play and fellow rookie Bryson Keeton collected back-to-back PDs later in practice… QB Bryce Petty and TE Jace Amaro connected on a long touchdown pass that covered approximately 65 yards as the big target ran the final 45 or so to pay dirt… Fitzpatrick found the tightest of windows to sneak a sideline pass into WR Eric Decker despite tight coverage from CB Darrelle Revis… In red zone work, Fitzpatrick got a short touchdown over the middle when RB Bilal Powell sprung free. Bryce Petty fired a dart to Peake for a score in the same drill.

DNP: OLBs Mike Catapano and Trevor Reilly (leg), RBs* *Forté (hamstring), Morris (shoulder), Pierce (hamstring), Robinson (leg) and Williams (head), TE Wes Saxton (leg) and DL Steve McLendon (toe) and DL Muhammad Wilkerson (leg).

PUP: T Breno Giacomini (back) & WR Devin Smith (leg).


 

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