To end their first week of training camp, the Jets practiced today via a 67-minute long scrimmage format. In front of 9,500 fans at the SUNY Cortland campus the Jets went offense versus defense with their first, second and then third teams rotating each possession.
Notes and quotes
LaDainian Tomlinson said there wasn't a plan for what occurred on the Jets first play of the Saturday scrimmage. The veteran running back said it was a spot call for him to run a go route. Nothing more, nothing less.
But what transpired 70-yards later was all any of the 9,500 Jet fans could have asked for. Tomlinson was arguably their most sought after new addition, and immediately he delivered on a 70-yard touchdown catch from Sanchez.
Tomlinson worked with the first team throughout, but -- as expected -- worked almost exclusively receiving out of the backfield.Rex Ryan -- who said the edge went to the offense for the scrimmage -- didn't shy away from speaking about that facet of Tomlinson's game afterwards, as he said that Tomlinson works well "flexed out."
Ryan did after all call the scrimmage a "showcase for new talent". Boy, was he right."(Receiving out of the backfield), Shonn Greene is no L.T.," Ryan said. "This is what (Tomlinson) brings to the table."
Tomlinson said that the play was an example of what he describes as an "explosive" offense. Tomlinson added that the Jets "have got to get used to what I do well".
Said Tomlinson: “(The first play) was a perfect example of that.”
Sanchez was 3-7 on the day with a touchdown, as he also connected with another Jet newcomer in Santonio Holmes. Holmes also reeled in a 35-yard catch from Mark Brunell.
Regarding Tomlinson's reception, Sanchez said that it was a case of an "alert" at the line of scrimmage where he looked to take advantage of Tomlinson's matchup on the "go" route.
Said Sanchez: “(The first play) was an alert. We have specific reads, addendums to reads, it was an alert.”
In comparison to his lights out kicking thus far in camp, Nick Folk performed poorly in the scrimmage session, going 5-7 with a long of 47.
But Ryan openly took the blame for Folk's misses after -- divulging exactly what happened and why he felt he was cold.
At the press conference podium, Ryan pointed to the scrimmage schedule -- and in red front was the planned special teams portion. Ryan elaborated that the special teams was planned to occur at the end of each session.
But Ryan didn't go with his plan -- an audible that frustrated Mike Westhoff. Folk proceeded to miss his first kick, a 35-yarder.
"I rushed (Folk) out there and he was cold," Ryan said. "I'll take the miss."
This and That
-- David Clowney was again out with what Ryan described as "personal issues". Ryan said he expects him back Monday.
-- Joe McKnight had a nine-yard run on his first play from scrimmage.
-- Take from this what you want, but during a portion of practice Braylon Edwards spoke to the full group of Jet receivers while kneeling. Maybe it was a sign of leadership within the unit, maybe not. But it took several minutes and Edwards was doing the talking.
-- Emmanuel Cook dropped an easy interception on a Brunell pass attempt.
-- Mark Sanchez said the build up to the scrimmage was the first resemblance to a game situation since Camp started -- not surprisingly. Sanchez elaborated: "(We) had a pregame meal, meeting with offense before, went over checks."
-- And several days after Santonio Holmes reported to camp late and selected to room with Sanchez, Holmes said he picked Sanchez because he "looked down the list and saw that he was the only one left"
When asked about it, Sanchez wasn't buying it from his new receiver. In response, Sanchez just provided a verification on the intake of the information relayed.
Said Sanchez: "Gotcha"