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Camp Cortland: Day 2

New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller, left,

New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller, left, is tackled by Brodney Pool during morning practice. (Aug. 3, 2010) Credit: AP

So much for another day of ho-hum practices. In Rex Ryan's eyes, today was more like it.

"I think the biggest news of the day was the sensitivity fine -- I had to go through the league on this one -- I had to put on Brian Schottenheimer and Bob Sutton," Ryan cracked. "They got a little sensitive I thought. That's always great to see. You love watching it when coaches go at it."

"The competitive spirit was great out there."


Remember how shaky PK Nick Folk looked earlier this spring? Well, Rex said he's been able to breathe a bit easier lately after watching Folk perform much better lately than he had been.

"I want to go on record and say I'm officially not worried about our Pro Bowl kicker anymore," Ryan said. "I think that Nick is back in form and that is always great to see. When the wind starts howling, then we'll see how he does.

"I was a little worried, first practice. I was out there and when he started kicking I was like, 'Wahoo! Are you kidding me Nick?' But he's doing well. He really does look good." 


One of the stars of today's practice was TE Jeff Cumberland.

The huge, 6-2, 249-pound rookie out of Illinois made a few spectacular catches in practice this morning. One was a leaping aieral grab over S Emmanuel Cook. They both had their hands on the ball as they were crashing down to the turf and Cumberland snatched it out of his hands for the completion before hitting the ground.

Cumberland has been impressive and has caught Ryan's eye.

"Without question, he's hard not to notice when he's catching 40-yard passes,' Ryan said. "His block when he's getting knocked in the backfield catches your eye as well. If he can improve that blocking, I know Dev (TE coach Mike Devlin) is working hard with him. Hopefully, he can improve his blocking enough because he's definitely a threat as a receiver."  


Ryan threw out one of his best one-liners so far in camp when talking about a tackle by CB Antonio Cromartie.

Cromartie made a solid tackle of RB LaDainian Tomlinson in practice, leading Rex to later crack when he spoke with us: "They could've used that in that playoff game," he cracked.

Ryan, of course, was poking fun at the infamous tackle on Shonn Greene's 53-yard touchdown run in the Jets' AFC Divisional win over the Chargers in January. 


Asked Rex how big of a camp this is for WR David Clowney, who's been a preseason wonder but has yet to take that next step.

"It’s huge," he said. "I think more than anything, we all know where he is as a receiver as far as that blow-by-you speed and comeback ability, and improve his receiving underneath would be huge. I love the way he blocked last year. But I want to see him have a bigger role in the special teams. 

"We have to replace Wallace Wright. That was a lot of snaps in the special teams.  Wright was a tremendous special teams player. But Clowney has a ton of athletic ability, to where’s one of the fastest guys in the league. To put that kind of speed on the field – and he’s physical, tough – he should be a dominant special teams player as well.  That’s what I want to see him do.  Yeah, I want him to improve as a receiver, but I want to see him improve in that area the most." 

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