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Jets Minicamp Practice Report | Garrett Wilson, Allen Lazard Close Out Spring With Fireworks

Olu Fashanu Continues to Learn from Tyron Smith; Mike Williams Aiming to Be Ready for Week 1


Wide receivers Garrett Wilson and Allen Lazard put their stamp on the team's final spring practice Wednesday before a 40-day break that precedes training camp next month.

Down, 34-31, with 55 seconds remaining in regulation in the situational period to close practice, the receivers helped put the offense in the end zone. Starting on the 30-yard line, QB Tyrod Taylor connected with second-year wideout Xavier Gipson on the first play for 17 yards. The veteran QB connected with Wilson two plays later to put the offense on the 24-yard line with 25 seconds remaining. Two plays later, Taylor found a wide open Lazard in the back right corner of the end zone.

"I feel like Allen has come in with a renewed mindset," HC Robert Saleh said. "I think he's attacked the heck out of the offseason. He's showed up in tremendous shape. He's like a second coach on the field and in that receiver room. He's been awesome, so I'm grateful that he's here. I think he's going to have a really nice bounce back year."

Wilson, who has continued to impress and seemingly improve every practice, reeled in a 40-yard pass from Taylor in the move-the-ball period earlier in practice. Wilson shook by CB D.J. Reed and tracked the ball over his shoulder as he slid to the ground to secure the pass.

"As an offense yesterday we didn't love the way we came out and played so it was good to come out on the last day and have a really good practice in a lot of different areas," TE Tyler Conklin said. "Obviously finishing the day off in two-minute [period] and move the ball and doing that at a high level is definitely a good way to finish up heading into camp."

Saleh said of the offense: "This year there is a lot more communication, a lot more fixing on the fly, players communicating with players. So in that regard from an offensive standpoint, we're playing a lot faster, much more decisive, we're in and out of the huddle where the operation is a lot cleaner. The route running is a lot crisper, the O-line blocking schemes are more defined. It's been fun to watch and to go through, so that is much improved."

Class in Session
Wednesday was a rest day for LT Tyron Smith, who worked to the side after he had practiced Tuesday. With Smith out of the lineup, first-round pick Olu Fashanu received a heavier workload. The No. 11 overall pick out of Penn State has frequently been in Smith's pocket when on the sideline, picking the brain of the eight-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro.

"It's been great," Smith said of the rookie. "He's not shy to ask any questions. He's willing to work and like [Tuesday], he was working technically after practice, trying to find some different things that you never know what could happen. And in this league, it's always the next guy. Everybody has to be ready.

"You can tell that he's growing from how he used to play in college. He's started to see how things are done here, and he's adjusting pretty well."

Saleh added of Fashanu: "Great mover. Everything that we saw from the evaluation standpoint at the draft is true to form. A great young man. He's soaking it up. … He's deliberate in the way he approaches the game and he's always going to have things he needs to work on, but we're really looking forward to him getting out there at training camp with pads on to see it all come to fruition."

Injury Update
Players that worked to the side of Wednesday's practiced included: RB Breece Hall, RT Morgan Moses, DT Leki Fotu, WR Jason Brownlee, RB Israel Abanikanda, FB Nick Bawden, OL Brady Latham, TE Kevin Foelsch and TE Lincoln Sefcik.

WR Mike Williams continued to rehab his knee and was pushing a sled on a side field. He told reporters his goal is to play Week 1 and "win the big thing," and he's itching to practice with his new teammates.

"See that's been tough, just watching those guys every day and wanting to be out there," he said. "You don't want to go too fast or anything. You just want to stick to the schedule, stick to the program and just trust the process. So that's my main thing -- to trust the process. Seeing a lot of progress, so just keep head down and keep working."

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