Robby Anderson had a somewhat quiet start to camp, but he took off a few days in and he has been ascending every day since. After he torched the Titans (3-71) in limited game action and had a productive open to the week, he was sensational Wednesday at practice with three touchdown catches.
It started early as Anderson got a step on rookie CB Derrick Jones and Bryce Petty threw it only where his wideout could get it on the outside shoulder. The streaking Anderson ignored hard-charging S Robenson Therezie, hauling in the ball with one hand before pulling it into his body and finishing in the end zone.
Then Anderson got to work in red zone, receiving a pair of scores from veteran QB Josh McCown. He got free in the back of the end zone on one end before finishing with a catch and run at the other. During a late situational drill and the offense in must-score mode, McCown threw to Anderson in desperation as the clock ran out. Rookie S Marcus Maye shaded towards Anderson pre-snap and intercepted a pass to thwart another touchdown. Anderson appeared to be open the play prior and No. 11 continues to create space out here.
Earlier in practice, CB Dexter McDougle intercepted QB Christian Hackenberg on a short ball thrown over the middle. McDougle another one of Saturday's standouts, has had his best camp as a pro.
"He's finally comfortable. He's finally healthy first of all," said head coach Todd Bowles Tuesday. "He's had some nicks the last couple of years that's kept him off the field and he's missed a significant amount of time. But now he's back he's healthy and he came in in great shape and its showing."
Pads Come OffAbout midway through Wednesday's practice, the Jets took their pads off and resumed action in helmets and shorts. This has been the most physical camp under Bowles and the players have responded with good intensity throughout.
"That was a huge reward for us, taking the pads off and being able to slow it down physically but pick it up more mentally," said DL Leonard Williams. "For our bodies, we need that right now. I'm trying to get in the ice bath as much as possible, I'm trying to take care of myself. But even with everything I'm trying to do, camp is pretty taxing on your body."
Jets Returned Outdoors in Full Pads for the Third Practice on Week 3 of Camp
Battle RoyaleBarring injury, the Jets will line up opening day in Buffalo with Brian Winters at RG and James Carpenter at LG. But there is heavy competition at both tackle spots and at center. Brent Qvale and Kelvin Beachum started at RT and LT respectively against the Titans, but Brandon Shell and Ben Ijalana continue to get worked in with the first unit. And newcomer Jonatthan Harrison is pushing Wesley Johnson at the center position as well.
"All four guys are going to get a chance to play and they rotate with the first team and the second team," Bowles said of the tackles. "We'll switch them back and forth so these next 2-3 weeks are going to be real important, but it's a hell of a battle."
Et CeteraBowles announced that WR-KR Lucky Whitehead's broken foot will require surgery, but it's possible he could return this season. The return spot(s) are wide open with WRs Frankie Hammond and Chris Harper and RBs Romar Morris, Marcus Murphy and Jordan Todman all in the mix… Both Ross Martin and Chandler Catanzaro took advantage of the heat, completing perfect rounds with 57-yard boots… RB Matt Forte participated in individual drills but continues to be held out of team activities with the hamstring injury… While OLB Josh Martin continued to work with the starters across from Jordan Jenkins, the Jets had their full stable of 'backers today as both Freddie Bishop (stinger) and Frank Beltre (groin) were full go in team activities… S Jamal Adams had a would-be sack of McCown on the first play of team and Therezie collected PDs on consecutive plays… Thursday's session is the final open workout of the week before the Jets depart for Detroit on Friday.**