The Jets and Redskins wrapped up their third and final day of joint practices Tuesday before squaring off Thursday night under the lights of FedEx Field.
This marked the first time during Jets head coach Todd Bowles’ tenure that the team participated in joint practices and Bowles said he would consider doing it again as long as the schedule permits.
“They were very productive,” he said. “We got to see another team. They’re a tough team, a big team and solid all the way around. We saw some things on defense, from an offensive standpoint, from a zone-blocking standpoint that we needed to see. Offensively, we saw some blitzes and some things that we hadn’t seen, so it was good work for us.”
Safety Jamal Adams, who could break out in his sophomore season, said he enjoyed his time competing with a pair of talented Redskins tight ends throughout the three practices.
“Just to come out here and go against guys like Vernon Davis and Jordan Reed, top tight ends to me, gave us great work as far as route running, knowing how to play with our eyes and making us play better with our eyes,” Adams said. “Not always relying on our talent and our feet, just playing technical football. I think it was a great trip. We all enjoyed it and we appreciate the Redskins.”
Fellow second-year safety Marcus Maye echoed similar sentiments although Maye didn’t take the field as much as he’s continuing to recover from an ankle injury and his status for Thursday’s game is uncertain.
“Definitely,” he said. “It helps out a lot because going against another quarterback, seeing different things like that while you’re in practice, but going against another quarterback is definitely good for us.”
Shifting to the next level of the defense, inside linebackers Darron Lee and Avery Williamson feel their unit put in valuable work this week. Lee said it was a good changeup to practice with another team at this point in training camp and Williamson, who is still acclimating himself to the Green & White scheme, is ready to see what the defense can do in Week 2 of the preseason.
“It’s an opportunity to get better,” he said of the practices. “Come back and learn from our mistakes. It was good to go against somebody, another practice and just being able to learn and getting better every day. It was good and I feel like we definitely got better from this and we’re ready to go out on Thursday and compete again.”