About midway through Friday's practice, the Jets stopped and huddled up close to midfield. The assumption was Todd Bowles was giving his young team a tongue-lashing.
"I didn't bring them into the huddle," Bowles said after the session. "That was a team meeting by themselves. They called themselves up I wasn't in there."
Impromptu player meetings don't occur very often and this was an interesting moment for a young team attempting to build its identity. It was the sixth practice of training camp and the workout was a competitive one although ragged at times.
The defense claimed superiority in the red zone, but as Bowles pointed out, that was just one period. Veteran S Rontez Miles, operating with the first team while rookie Jamal Adams sat with his sprained ankle, intercepted McCown on one pass and probably would have had an 80-yard return for a score. Miles made a quality read, batted the ball and neatly corralled the deflection before running free. McCown, who was nearly intercepted on the next play by S Marcus Maye, threw a great fade to WR Deshon Foxx in that same period.
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Sticking with the the same QB rotation, Christian Hackenberg followed McCown Friday and didn't find much success in the air. In Hackenberg's defense, sometimes targets are just not open down the field and there have been some miscommunications as players continue to learn a new offense. Bryce Petty didn't receive many team reps and ran a penalty lap with the reserves after a frustrated Bowles ordered them off the field.
Et CeteraVeteran Bilal Powell, who has looked ready to pick up where he left off late last season, was hit on the first play of team drills and remained on the ground momentarily. Powell got up under his own power and watched the rest of the practice on the field. Bowles said Powell just had the wind knocked out of him… Matt Forte remains out of action with his hamstring injury and rookie Elijah McGuire continues to showcase some sticky mitts in the receiving game… Morris Claiborne suited up, but he did not take part in 11-on-11 as the Jets wanted to take longer looks at their young cornerbacks. Juston Burris and Darryl Roberts saw a lot of time on the outside… The Jets continue to rotate at OLB and Frank Beltre got some reps with the defensive starters today… A minor scuffle ensued after Burris sent WR Robby Anderson to the ground and the speedster, who had a long score in 7-on-7, took exception.
Green & White PracticeGates will open at MetLife Stadium at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and practice will begin at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and can be found here on newyorkjets.com. Bowles has led a physical camp and this will be a good chance for the fans to watch a developing club under the lights.
"It'll be good practice for the coordinators to call it and it won't be scripted so they'll get practice coaching in gameday situations," Bowles said. "The players will get practice running on and off the field. We'll call some plays, have some good fun and get some juices flowing."