At times this preseason, quarterback Mark Sanchez has talked about the offense lagging behind the defense in terms of chemistry and coordination. He once evoked the ’85 Bears as a comparison for how the Jets’ defense has looked against his fluctuating unit.
Well, on Friday, two days before the team plays its first preseason game, the ’11 Jets certainly had their defensive fun.
Sanchez and the offense was shaky at best. Maybe concern for the health of wide receiver Plaxico Burress hung over the group. Maybe not.
Sanchez went 8-for-19 — by an unofficial count — with two interceptions in team 11-on-11, looking out of synch with his receivers.
One of the interceptions was a dazzling diving catch by cornerback Darrelle Revis on a rollout to the right. The pass was intended for Jeremy Kerley but Revis dove, caught, rose and ran.
The other interception was by safety Jim Leonhart on a clear mixup on a pass intended for Santonio Holmes.
Sanchez did have one completion to Derrick Mason on a crossing route for about a 20-yard gain. But he couldn’t connect with Holmes on more than a few attempts. Tight end Dustin Keller did nicely as a safety valve with five catches.
*-- Nick Mangold, who suffered a stinger on Thursday, did not participate in any team contact drills. Neither did injured right guard Brandon Moore, though Moore did some individual drills, including some in which he worked out of a stance. That’s a good sign for somebody with a hip injury.
*-- Rookie Jeremy Kerley continues to impress, flashing his speed on a reverse for a solid gains as well as on kick returns. Kerley also beat Revis on a quick slant which drew a “nice job Kerley!” from Mason.
*-- Plaxico Burress didn’t do much at practice. He stretched a bit, then went into the training room for treatment.
*-- Apparently country music star Kenny Chesney was watching practice, although Newsday cannot confirm this. Chesney is performing at New Meadowlands Stadium on Saturday.