Here are some random quick hits for May 31st with my quick thoughts on each topic.
Hit 1: Observations on OTA’s
The Jets held their 2nd open media OTAs today and there are lot of observations and comments I have about the practice and quotes afterwards from the players in the locker room. There is a lot to cover but if you missed anything, we have you covered:
Top pick Quinton Coples was active. He barged into the backfield in 11-on-11′s to reject a Sanchez pass, then in two-minute to end practice he stormed in on Greg McElroy, with the two tumbling harmlessly to the ground while G-Mac’s pass fell incomplete. “It was a productive practice,” Coples said. “I don’t know if it was a good practice. I’m looking forward to getting to watch the film this afternoon.” – From Randy’s Radar
Defensive standout in first set of team drills: First-round pick Quinton Coples, who had 1 QB pressure + 1 “sack” of Sanchez. #nyj5/31/12 11:22 AM
I am LOVING what I’m seeing so far out of the first round rookie Coples. He was really a beast today causing havoc. I know, don’t get too excited, but I’d rather get excited about this than pissed off about nonsense. Let’s face it, it’s been a zoo, and to have a rookie really excel, well, it’s been a while.
Rookie Hill Continues to Impress
New York Jets' Stephen Hill makes a catch during NFL football practice, Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Hill had one of the catches of the OTA practice, going down the left sideline with CB Kyle Wilson, rising high in the air for a Tebow throw, latching onto the ball and then tumbling to the ground inbounds for the 30-yard grab. Nice. … Early in 7-on-7 red-zone drills, Sanchez lasered a “touchdown” to Dustin Keller as he crossed the goal line. – From Randy’s Radar
Rex Ryan starts press conference by praising Stephen Hill and Coples. Hill caught TD pass from Tebow. Or as close as you get in OTAs. #Jets5/31/12 3:08 PM
I continue to get excited about this kid. I think he’s going to be a great player for the Jets. Now I know he probably will be listed as WR#2 but honestly, he looks like your prototypical #1. I’ve said many times that Holmes really isn’t a number 1, in my book, but Hill, he just LOOKS the part and oh yeah, he’s playing the part so far. Hill is going to really help Sanchez redeem himself this year.
Dustin Keller dropped multiple balls including one for a touchdown by Tim Tebow. Fans on twitter were flipping out and I had to stop and realize that this is only OTAs. I then go the idea to ask if we are being to critical during practices. The answer…. YES. Chill people.
Poll taken on Live Cast
Then I starting thinking about what kind of season Dustin is going to have, and my feeling is that his numbers are going to drop significantly. There are so many new weapons and the offense has changed that there won’t be that many balls to go around. Dustin is going to have to make whatever he gets count, and that is eliminating the stupid mistakes like drops, OR better yet, leaving his feet to get extra yards and landing on his head.
SEVEN-ON-SEVEN PASSING DRILLS:
Sanchez went 4-for-6 with a 15-yard touchdown to Dustin Keller.
Tebow went 4-for-5 with a 10-yard touchdown to Stephen Hill.
INDIVIDUAL PASSING DRILLS:
Sanchez completed 11 of 14 passes (that included a drop).
Tebow completed 10 of 11 passes
Ok I have to admit it. Today wasn’t AS much acircus as it was last Thursday when the Jets had their first OTAs of the season. Today was the second day and Manish Mehta knows how crazy it is to track each throw, but he did it anyway.
Take it again, with a grain of salt.
Oh, and I know that Jets Nation has been called a “zoo” or “circus” but it was really true, a carnival was in town.
The Circus is REALLY in town (across from the Jets Facility) - Pic TheJetsStream
Hit 3: Players that were Out
Landry, and Holmes continue to be no shows at these voluntary workouts, but Antonio Cromartie made his first appearance.
Jets minutiea: LB Bellore out with illness, LB Berning knee, WR Jordan White foot, S LaRon Landry (?), WR Santonio Holmes on Germany trip.
5/31/12 2:28 PM
New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie runs a drill during NFL football practice, Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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