Boxers and Wrestlers
Before the rain took over practice Sunday, the Jets defense and the Redskins offense got a little feisty with each other as there were a couple skirmishes and shoving matches.
“Fights are not to be tolerated in pads,” sad head coach Todd Bowles, who was in the middle of breaking up one. “We're not trying to fight them and they're not trying to fight us. If they want to be boxers and wrestlers, they probably would be in another sport. We're trying to get better and they're trying to get better. Some things happen. Overzealousness. I'll talk to my guys and Coach Gruden will talk to his guys. We'll be better at practice tomorrow because this is just a waste of time for me.”
A stranger to nothing in the NFL, 16-year veteran Josh McCown believes practicing against a different opponent provides a nice changeup and an opportunity to improve while facing fresh players and schemes. But he echoed Bowles’ sentiments, saying the fights are detrimental to both squads.
“You’d like it not to happen, but at the same time you understand when you get two groups that are opposing teams in a practice setting. It’s part of it,” he said. “Hopefully we can keep those to a minimum and go out and get work in and move on. I think that’s the ultimate goal for both sides. You want to go work hard and challenge one another to do better and get the best out of each other. When it gets into that, it’s outside of the goals for both teams and that’s not what we want to do. Hopefully it doesn’t happen.”
Even though practice was cut short due to inclement weather, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater believes the first of the three joint workouts was productive. After leading the Green & White to 10 points in two possessions against the Falcons, Bridgewater told reporters he is feeling “really good” after taking a hit for the first time in close to two years.
“Just keep building,” he said. “We had good momentum last week — more of a sense of urgency, getting in and out of the huddle with more tempo. It was good getting two scoring drives and we just want to continue to build on that.”
The Jets got a number of players back from injuries today. Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (hand) was in pads, participating in individual drills and catching passes. Tight end Jordan Leggett (knee) returned and had a grab from Sam Darnold in a 7-on-7 drill. Rookie tight end Chris Hendon, who was out of action in the preseason opener, was on the field this afternoon. But Neal Sterling, who left Friday’s contest with an ankle injury, and fellow TE Clive Walford were held out. Cornerback Buster Skrine practiced after a nasty collision Friday.. DL Steve McLendon, LB Lorenzo Mauldin, LT Kelvin Beachum (foot), RB Isaiah Crowell (head), RB Eli McGuire (foot), S Rontez Miles (knee/PUP) were not on the practice field.