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Afternoon notes: Marty's in Cortland

Rex Ryan tweaked the Chargers by sending a

Rex Ryan tweaked the Chargers by sending a game ball from last weekend's win over San Diego to their former coach, Marty Schottenheimer. (File photo, 2006) Credit: AP

Back here with some notes on the afternoon session as it just ended.

Not much to report on during another laidback practice. But the news of the afternoon was...

-- That Marty Schottenheimer was in attendance. The former San Diego Charger head football coach -- and one of the most renowned coaches to never win a Super Bowl, was mingling with Jets brass here this afternoon.

Schottenheimer, of course, was at Jets camp to meet up with his son -- Brian, the Jets offensive coordinator.

Brian's wife Gemmi, and their children, Sutton and Savannah were also in attendance in Cortland for the first time since the start of camp.

-- On the field, highlights in the passing game from Mark Brunell -- as the Jets new veteran backup and threw a 35-40 yard bomb to Santonio Holmes over Drew Coleman.

Holmes made several other tough catches. Other receiver playing well in the afternoon session was Larry Taylor, as the short wideout routinely had the ball, around a half dozen times.

-- To round it up here, rookie running back Joe McKnight was fielding punts once again this afternoon. McKnight worked almost exclusively on specials today, and even worked in a specific eye-catching drill at the end of the morning practice.

The drill involved McKnight fielding simulated kicks from a Juggs Machine. But the catch was that McKnight was holding between his arms as many as three to five footballs while trying to field the simulated kicks. At times McKnight purposely dropped the balls in his hands and then attempted to catch the balls. At other times McKnight fielded the balls while holding onto all of the kicks.

Seems like Westoff and Ryan have legit plans for McKnight on special teams here is what Ryan had to say about McKnight in those situations:

"We always get an explosive guy who can really fly," he said. "What I'm hoping we can get out of Joe is we need (him) to step up on special teams. (He) has an unbelievable amount of athleticism (and) he (has to transfer it) over to special teams. (He has to be) at least a major back up if he's not a starter on those teams. He has a lot of ability. He (has to) keep pushing and working hard. I think he's moving in the right direction."

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