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Jets Practice Report: Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold Strike Downfield

Second-Year QB Found Multiple Receivers Deep, CB Brian Poole Impressed in Debut 


In the Jets' final session of training camp before the pads come on, the offense took an aggressive vertical approach and converted frequently.

"We did a couple things after yesterday," head coach Adam Gase told reporters. "We wanted to make sure that we gave our guys a couple more opportunities down the field. The first day back, I feel like the defense figured out we were trying to be smart. So today, the guys were ready to attack down the field a little more."

The unit wasted little time going up top as QB Sam Darnold hit RB-WR Ty Montgomery down the sideline on the first play in the opening team period. The next play, Darnold stayed on the same side of the field and picked up another chunk play to RB Bilal Powell. Darnold, looking defenders off to his left, then found a streaking Robby Anderson for a 50-yard touchdown as Anderson slipped past CB Trumaine Johnson's coverage. A few periods later, the second-year signal-caller found Quincy Enunwa on back-to-back plays down the opposite sideline.

The 6'2" 225-pound wideout did a good job of adjusting to the ball and keeping both feet in bounds before walking a tightrope across the goal line for a score. As if Enunwa told his quarterback to run it back, Darnold fired to a similar spot and Enunwa corralled the pass with one hand and put the offense inside the 10-yard line.

"Both were go routes. I was just trying to make a play and help Sam out, be an outlet for him," said Enunwa, who added, "I love [going deep], getting the opportunity to show what I can do, keep the defense on its toes. It gives us more options."

Poole Packs a Punch or Two
Despite a pair of highlight-reel grabs, Enunwa was responsible for one of the offense's two turnovers, both courtesy of cornerback Brian Poole.

Poole, who was removed from the Active/NFI List Wednesday night, punched the ball out of Enunwa's hands after the wideout hauled in a pass and turned upfield. Earlier in practice, Poole made the same accurate, cobra-like punch on Le'Veon Bell following a swing pass.

"Man, it felt really good," he said of his first training camp practice with the Jets. "To go out there and compete against new teammates, really just get my groove going with the guys in the secondary. It felt really good just to be back on the grass out there competing."

The fourth-year veteran, who had a career-high 74 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks with the Falcons in 2018, also broke up a third-down Darnold toss intended for wide receiver Jamison Crowder.

"It was good to see him get involved," Gase said. "That's what he does. He has his hands full going against Crowder every day. I think those two guys are making each other better and that battle is going to go on all camp. It's going to be good."

Best Photos from Friday's Training Camp Practice

Rookie defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, who agreed to terms with the Jets Thursday, passed his conditioning his test and was held out of the workout. Williams is expected to be in pads with his teammates when practice resumes Saturday… RG Brian Winters returned after Wednesday's absence due to the birth of his son, Nash…DL Bronson Kaufusi and LB Harvey Langi both took first-team reps and the expectation is defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will continue to mix up his personnel. Williams has 42 packages of defense and the combinations are endless …OLB Brandon Copeland broke up a pass from QB Luke Falk intended for RB Trenton Cannon and nearly picked it off…TE Ryan Griffin made an impressive grab on the sideline with tight coverage from undrafted rookie LB Jeff Allison…QB Trevor Siemian fired a missile over the middle to WR Deonte Thompson, who took it to the house after S Doug Middleton was a split-second late…Bilal Powell was among the players to take kick return reps along with Ty Montgomery, Trenton Cannon, Quadree Henderson and Tim White.

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