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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Jets Camp, Saturday 7/27

On Saturday I journeyed to Florham Park NJ to watch the Jets practice with Green Rewind reader Rob August (huge fan). The Jets do a good job for their fans at these open practices. If there was any negative it was the parking situation. In the past you were able to park near the fields and walk. But construction put that on hold and people had to park up to a mile away and take a shuttle bus to the field. This was fine but the return ride was mayhem and the Jets have got do a better job getting people onto the correct buses. If you have kids or grandkids, make an effort to get out there. The general organization was well done except for that bus ride back.

The first general observation is that this is one of the fastest most athletic Jet teams I’ve seen a while. With players like Richie Anderson, Trenton Cannon, Le'Veon Bell and additions Jamison Crowder, Greg Dortch and Ty Montgomery, the Jets are very fast. Hopefully this will translate into some exciting offense this year.

Sam Darnold did not look great and did not look awful. He was okay. Trumaine Johnson had one of the better plays of the day intercepting Darnold. The Jets are working with 4 QBs: Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian, Davis Webb and Luke Faulk. Look for the Jets to keep 3 of the 4 with Faulk landing on the practice squad. There were rumblings that Webb has looked better than Siemian. We’ll see. I’d be surprised if Davis Webb is still a Jet by the first game.

I hope that kicker Chandler Catanzaro pans out. Not only did he miss three field goals this morning but he missed them pretty badly with one hitting the cross bar. He was the Jets kicker in 2017 when he hit 83% of his field goals including going 2-2 on attempts over 50 yards. Remember, field goal kickers and baseball relief pitchers for the most part run hot and cold. Let’s hope Catanzaro is hot this year.

WR Deontay Burnett (2018, 10 Rec., 143 yds., 14.3 avg.) made one great play and another very good play. In one Patriot game last year he looked excellent. I’m not sure what the deal is with this kid but all he does is seem to get open and catch everything near him. The Jets have to give this second year 2018 un-drafted free agent from USC a strong look.

Fans are lucky that Jamal Adams is a Jet. He carries himself like a real pro and goes 100% on every drill. He is very verbalcand likes to be heard. He is incredibly competitive in practice and hopefully this will be contagious. 

QB Trevor Siemian made a nice back-shoulder throw to Eli McGuire. 

Le’Veon Bell for the second day in a row was pulled out of practice to take a league-mandated drug test. What is up with this? 

An Adam Gase run practice is crisp, upbeat and fairly tough considering the NFL CBA agreement. It is the closest I've seen to a Bill Parcells practice from a Jet coach.

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….. All throughout practice 4th string QB Luke Falk was bouncing the football just like a basketball on the turf. Would make a great NFL Network commercial…..Jets did a great job providing water for free at the tent area for everyone…..Josh McCown was at practice interacting with both Sam Darnold and Adam Gase…..I’m an ASU alumni and hope Sun Devil WR Tim White sneaks onto practice squad. Like many, he has had a tough life. Homeless, lost a brother to gun fire and he has a 3 year old kid. He was a 2 sport athlete at ASU and though he made some mistakes, he gets it now…..Ty Montgomery may be the best under the radar signing this off season….. Former Jets taking over the broadcasting world with: Mark Sanchez, hired this week as a college-football analyst for ABC/ESPN,  Others: GM Mike Tannenbaum, coach Rex Ryan, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy, LaDainian Tomlinson, Damien Woody, Jason Taylor, Bart Scott, Mark Brunell. Braylon Edwards and Mike DeVito also have dabbled in broadcasting.....
Folorunso Fatukasi-Chuma Edoga-Kelechi Osemele. Okay, close your eyes and now say these 3 Jet names fast 5 times…..

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2019 New York Jets Training Camp Schedule

Here is the Jets’ updated training camp schedule, in terms of all publicly open practices and preseason games:

• Thursday Aug. 1, 8:25 a.m. — open to summer camps only

• Saturday Aug. 3, 11 a.m. — open to public, with ticket

• Thursday Aug. 8, 7 p.m. — Week 1 preseason game, at Giants

• Sunday Aug. 11, 8:25 a.m. — open to public, with ticket

• Tuesday Aug. 13, 8:25 a.m. — open to summer camps only

• Thursday Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m. — Week 2 preseason game, at Falcons

• Sunday Aug. 18, 7 p.m. — Green and White scrimmage/practice (at MetLife Stadium)

• Saturday Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. — Week 3 preseason game, vs. Saints

• Thursday Aug. 29, 7 p.m. — Week 4 preseason game, vs. Eagles

Admission and parking at all 2019 Jets Training Camp events will be free, but tickets are required. Free tickets can be downloaded by visiting Practices may be cancelled or closed to the public in the case of inclement weather. Fans are encouraged to call the team’s fan line at (973) 549-4844.

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What The Jets Scribes Are Saying
Brian Costello, NY Post
A lot has been made about Bell’s impact in the passing game. But it is not just him. Montgomery is a former wide receiver who can catch the ball. Bilal Powell has been an effective receiver out of the backfield. Even Eli McGuire, who is currently fourth on the depth chart, has shown good hands and made a nice catch on Saturday. “With those guys, they’re so unique,” Darnold said. “For running backs, they have such good route-running ability. They can line up wide and run routes. In the backfield, you don’t know if they’re going to run a route or get a handoff. It makes it hard on the defense and it’s really good for us as an offense to have those weapons.”

Rich Cimini, ESPN
Ty Montgomery is a wide receiver-turned-running back, but he still wears 88. Why? "The 88 is part of my brand," he said. "The 88 speaks to what I can do as a true hybrid. You guys saw me today, lining up out at the receiver position and running a few routes as well as running up the middle and outside, being able to do everything all over the field." He also could be the kickoff returner…..Takeaways from Jets practice: 1.) It sure looks like the RBs will be a big part of the offense. The ball went to a RB on six of the first seven plays in 11-on-11 drills. Le'Veon Bell + Ty Montgomery = versatility. Eli McGuire also made a nice catch. 2.) Rookie DT Quinnen Williams didn't have any standout moments in his first practice, but he showed a quick first step and stunting ability. 3.) They might be a 3-4 base on defense, but you will see 4-3 fronts.

Manish Mehta, NY Daily News
While critics cite Gase’s 23-25 record in three seasons with the Dolphins as reason to question whether he’s the right guy to reverse the Jets’ fortunes, the truth is that he clearly has more talent now than in Miami last season. The Jets are hardly a finished product, but there’s enough talent on both sides of the ball to be relevant again. Relevance is marked by having a real chance to make the postseason after Thanksgiving.“You can kind of sense almost a rebirth,” Darnold said about Gase’s impact. “The whole building’s very energized. ... A lot of good vibes. For us, it’s feeding off that. It happens naturally. We can already feel it in the building. ... As long as you have that good energy, we can win with that.” Gase brings that energy every day. His strength: Communicating 1-on-1 with his players. That will be a critical trait as he tries to pull this franchise back from the margins. Gase’s ability to galvanize the offense coupled with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ swaggerlicious DNA shouldn’t be overlooked…..Gase applauded his players’ collective work ethic and attention to detail this offseason, but cautioned that spring optimism is nothing new in the NFL.“When we get going in camp, how are we going to handle adversity?” He said. “That’s really going to be the key for us. How are we going to handle it when something goes wrong? Which way are we going? Who’s going to step up? That’s what we need to know. ”Gase will have to navigate through all of it to be in the playoff hunt this season. Nothing else matters.

NFL News and Rumors
…..The Arizona Cardinals have released defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, a former first-round pick. The team announced the move following Saturday's training-camp session. The news was not surprising. On Friday, coach Kliff Kingsbury didn't mince words, saying Nkemdiche was "not in shape" when he arrived to camp…..Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper are not sweating their contract negotiations with the Dallas Cowboys. "It will happen when it happens," Prescott, heading into his fourth season as Dallas' starting quarterback, said after Saturday's first training camp practice. "I know I'll be better by the time the regular season starts. That's my focus." Cooper said he was "indifferent" to the negotiations, but he admitted that when he has scrolled through social media, he has seen updates regarding the potential contracts for fellow receivers Michael Thomas and Julio Jones…..The 49ers rounded out their 90-man training camp roster Saturday, signing undrafted defensive lineman Jordan Thompson to a one-year contract…..Ravens backup quarterback Robert Griffin III left Saturday night’s practice after hurting the thumb on his right (throwing) hand, an injury that could leave the team perilously thin under center early in the regular season. Griffin suffered a hairline fracture in the thumb, according to ESPN, and is expected to be out for four to eight weeks…..The Eagles roster is at 90 players after the team claimed cornerback Alex Brown off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, so a corresponding move will have to be made…..Former Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick will make his first free agent visit with the New Orleans Saints, as reported by Rob Demovsky of ESPN. The Lions cut Riddick Saturday after loading up their backfield with several quality runners including Kerryon Johnson, C.J. Anderson, and Zach Zenner…..Bill Belichick plans to take a more active role in running the New England Patriots' defense, he told NFL Network Saturday. Part of his choice is out of necessity. Last season's de facto defensive coordinator, Brian Flores, is now head coach for the Miami Dolphins….. 

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