For offensive players in particular, the goal of OTAs is to get their timing down and settle into a rhythm with their quarterback. (Or, in the Jets’ case, quarterbacks)
One receiver, however, was absent for Thursday’s session: Santonio Holmes. According to the team, the wideout – who missed last week’s OTA session open to the media because he was visiting troops in Germany – still is overseas.
Cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who missed last Thursday’s OTA session because he wanted to spend Memorial Day weekend with his family, was present today.
Here’s a rundown of other OTA news:
- S LaRon Landry remains an OTA absence.
- WR Jeremy Kerley was out on the field today but didn’t participate in practice. He said his right hamstring tightened up on Wednesday, so he wanted to play it safe today
- Rookie WR Jordan White (who has yet to sign a contract) sat out due to an injured foot
- CB Julian Posey also was on the field, but stood off to the side wearing a Jets cap and spitting sunflower seeds during drills. Not sure what his injury is.
As for the quarterbacks, I won’t bore you with meaningless stats for both Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Unlike last week’s open OTA, neither QB outplayed the other today. In fact, they just looked OK.
Both Sanchez and Tebow made some nice throws – including a TD pass – but there were enough bad throws to go around.
Here are some of the highlights:
Tebow delivered the bomb of the day, hitting rookie WR Stephen Hill on a 50-yard pass during 7-on-7s. Soon after, however, a Tebow pass intended for Eron Riley went incomplete thanks to Kyle Wilson’s blanketing coverage. Later on, CB Darrelle Revis swatted away a 25-yard pass intended for 5-9 WR Dexter Jackson near the left corner of the end zone.
Sanchez made several nice passes up the middle today, particularly to RB Joe McKnight. But the starting QB didn’t really air it out as much as Tebow today. He also had a pass batted away by first-rounder Quinton Coples.
Both QBs would have had a slightly higher completion percentage for the day had TE Dustin Keller been able to reel in a couple of throws. The tight end was wide open at one point during red-zone team drills, but Tebow’s thrown (which, to be fair, wasn’t great) bounced off Keller’s hands. But the bottom line is: Keller should have come down with that.
But Keller – who caught a TD pass from Sanchez earlier in the day – wasn’t the only one with a case of “the drops.” McKnight ran an amazing route on the final play of their two-minute drill, but lost control of Sanchez’s pass in the end zone.