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Deep passes to open Jets' first practice
CORTLAND -- The Jets held their first three-hour training camp practice of the season Friday morning at SUNY Cortland.
Even though it’s far too early to gauge how good this team, or individuals will be during the season, there were quite a few plays that made reporters stop and take notice.
Case in point:
* Mark Sanchez’s 40-yard completion down the right sideline to rookie WR Stephen Hill, who was covered by Darrelle Revis. The cornerback, who’s about five inches shorter than Hill, leapt and tipped the ball, but the wideout came up with it as they crashed to the turf.
* Later, Tim Tebow launched the ball toward the same part of the field – this time to Jeremy Kerley. Despite the coverage CB Ellis Lankster, the slot receiver came down with the ball and held it up for his teammates to see when he stood up. OT Stephon Heyer was flagged for a false start on the play, but it still was a pretty sweet catch.
* The ball seemed to find Revis’ side of the field often on Friday, but the cornerback made up for the Hill play by picking off Sanchez in 7-on-7s.
In other practice news:
* Tebow didn’t look so sharp. Early on in practice, the Jets backup QB fumbled a snap and awkwardly handed off the ball to a running back on back-to-back plays, forcing offensive coordinator Tony Sparano to give him a piece of his mind. In general, Tebow’s passes still wobble, but there were a few crisp ones that featured tight spirals.
* LB Demario Davis (hamstring) did agility drills on the sidelines with G Terrence Campbell, S LaRon Landry and new T Jeff Otah.
Head coach Rex Ryan said on Thursday that Landry – activated off the active/PUP list – will be on a “pitch count” during practice. But the former Redskin did a lot of standing around.
* Otah didn’t seem too confident that he’ll pass his next physical. The team announced Wednesday that the right tackle has seven days to pass his physical or the trade with Carolina is off. Asked if he thinks he’ll pass, Otah simply said, “We’ll see.”
The 6-6, 340-pounder was told by the Jets that he can come in and compete for the right tackle position. But that, of course, depends on whether he’s healthy or not.
Wayne Hunter, however, had a different take. The Jets current starter reiterated after practice that he’s the starting said “It’s my job to lose.”
* Vlad Ducasse and Matt Slauson split first-team reps at left guard during practice.