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Practice Observations: Maye Day

Take an Inside Look at Practice No. 4 of Training Camp


When a football period goes live, intensity gets ratcheted up quite a bit and the hits are aplenty. During a live period Tuesday, rookie TE Jordan Leggett made a reception after a rollout toss from veteran Josh McCown. As Leggett walked the tightrope down the sideline, fellow rookie Marcus Maye seemingly came out of nowhere and sent the Clemson product flying out of bounds.

"I loved it," said Maye's partner Jamal Adams.

While Maye's helmet came off during the collision, all parties bounced back up to their feet and play resumed. Adams isn't the only Jets rookie safety known for his physicality as Maye had a reputation as a big hitter at Florida. He forced seven fumbles for the Gators and the versatile Maye won't mind playing in the box when called upon.

Todd Bowles wants more hitting and the tenor of practice changed after Maye's thud. Veteran receiver Quincy Enunwa had some words for the defensive backs following the clean shot and it was game on. Enunwa easily had his best day of camp, showcasing his improved hands on a couple catches in traffic. Rookie CB Xavier Coleman looked to have a good shot at an interception of Christian Hackenberg, but Enunwa plucked the ball out of the air and finished the play with a run down the field.

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Clean SheetSpeaking of Hackenberg, he has yet to turn the ball over during a team period.

"That's a big thing for us. It's definitely something we preach," he told reporters. "We started off OTAs having a talk about taking care of the ball and percentages, and we started off camp that same way. He (Offensive coordinator John Morton) definitely preaches that."

For the fourth consecutive practice, Josh McCown started with the first team and was followed by Hackenberg and Bryce Petty.

"I told myself coming into camp that no matter what I'm not going to count reps. I'm just going to make sure that I execute every time out there and cheer on those guys because I want them to do the same for me when I'm in there," Petty said. "Our group, quarterback wise, in that room, is really, really healthy."

With My One Hand@BenHarpermight be able to change the world with his own two hands, but Chris Harper only needed one hand to give the offense some momentum. The 5'11", 185-pounder, who had 13 receptions for the 49ers last season, has shown up on the radar screen a few times. Petty made a terrific throw in his direction today, putting the ball in a spot where only Harper could corral it and he did just that while pulling the rock to his chest with one hand. Making the snag all the more impressive was the fact that two defensive backs were barreling in on No. 3.

"He has great hands. He's coming in and picking up the system," Bowles said. "It'll be interesting to see how he does going forward."

Et CeteraVeteran RB Matt Forte, who tweaked his hamstring on Monday, is day-to-day… Rookie wideouts ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen along with veteran T Ben Ijalana all saw limited team action as their respective workloads continue to increase… Dylan Donahue received first team reps at OLB for a second consecutive day.


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