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Camp Cortland (Day 6)

Defensive back Darrelle Revis, right, covers wide receiver

Defensive back Darrelle Revis, right, covers wide receiver David Clowney during the Jets training camp. (Credit: AP)

Rookie QB Mark Sanchez has been lobbying for more snaps with the first team.

He got them today.

Sanchez was sprinkled in a little more often than he has throughout the first four days of training camp. Ryan said it's something Sanchez earned and admitted that in order for it to be a true competition, Sanchez needs to get more reps with the first team.

"We never brought him in here," Ryan said, "never drafted him not to be a guy that's going to compete for the starting job."

By my count, Sanchez was 6-for-13 and took good care of the ball. He showed a good pocket presence on one play in particular. LB Marques Murrell was bearing down on him unblocked from the left side, and Sanchez hung in there and fired a strike to TE Jack Simmons, who took a pretty good shot from S Eric Smith.

Clemens was 6-for-10 and one of those incompletes was a drop. He's been much steadier over these last two days or practice, although he's been victimized a couple of times by not getting rid of the ball and taking sacks.

Ryan said he'd like to have the starter in place by the time the third preseason game, which makes complete sense. That's usually the game where the starters play into the third quarter and serves as the true dress rehearsal for the season opener, which for the Jets comes Sept. 13 against the Texans in Houston. 

Daily QB Meter (on a scale of 1-5, zero being even): Remains at one in favor of Clemens.


On the injury front, Shaun Ellis has "a little back thing" but Ryan made it seem like it's not a serious issue.

CB Donald Strickland, who Ryan raved about because he likes how he can be moved around to different parts of the field, got kicked in he knee by David Clowney.

S Keith Fitzhugh will be out for a while with his left rotator cuff bruise.

Ryan said NT Kris Jenkins (left calf strain) continues to improve.


A smallish scuffle took place toward the end of practice.

Sanchez took one step back and connected with favorite target Wallace Wright. DB James Ihedigbo, no stranger to starting a little somethin' somethin' as you might recall,  gave Wright a big pop and also held onto him a little longer than Wright thought was necessary. 

So Wright got a little bothered and started barking at Ihedigbo while others started pushing and shoving. Wright threw the ball at Ihedigbo and OL Matt Slauson, the Jets' sixth-round selection in April's draft, got into it with DB Dwight Lowery.

But after a little more pleasantries, cooler heads prevailed.

OT Wayne Hunter jokingly tossed off his helmet and was ready to join the scrum.


Funny scene I: CB Drew Coleman, who was all over the field making plays today, might have taken the lateral thing a little too far when he came up with a great diving interception on a Eric Ainge pass. He decided to lateral to the guy next to him -- quality control/defense coach Jim O'Neil.  

Funny scene II: CB Darrelle Revis, flashing back to the B-Boy days of the 80s, attempting a backspin during post-practice stretching.


Catch O' the Day: While running with the second string, Sanchez slung a nice pass to WR Wallace Wright. It was a tight squeeze and Lowery was a split-second too late to break the play up. Sanchez immediately ran down the field and slapped hands with his main man Wright.


We interrupt The Rex Ryan Comedy Hour -- the usual programming we usually have at this point -- because there was a special guest visitor in the house.

NFL referee Walt Coleman, who was here in Cortland today with the rest of his crew meeting with the Jets to go over the rules, on being an official: "One of the prerequistites is to be blind."


Afternoon practice only involves special teams, so there won't be much to report from that. But if anything goes down, we'll be on it.


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Tags: Wallace Wright , Mark Sanchez , Rex Ryan , Kellen Clemens , Dwight Lowery , Rex Ryan Comedy Hour , Keith Fitzhugh , Shaun Ellis , Kris Jenkins , Walt Coleman , Cortland , Training camp , James Ihedigbo , Donald Strickland , David Clowney , Darrelle Revis , Drew Coleman , Jim O'Neil , Wayne Hunter , Marques Murrell , Jack Simmons , Eric Smith

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