CORTLAND -- Fans braved heavy downpours Saturday morning to get an up-close look at the 2012 Jets.
Exactly 2,588 of them.
It was the second practice of training camp, but the first open to the public. So fans – properly equipped with baseball caps, ponchos and umbrellas – were eager to take in the sights and sounds of football this morning.
Within an hour of practice, however, the dark skies opened up and onlookers were pelted by monsoon-type weather. But fans stood their ground, waiting patiently for the skies to clear. Despite being soaked, Jets fans were spirited as always – especially when Tim Tebow touched the football.
Several fans grew weary of the backup quarterback’s constant scrambling and his errant passes during team drills. Intermittent shouts of “Throw the ball Tebow!” grew louder as patience for his wobbly – and sometimes errant and overthrown – passes began to wane.
There’s no telling if Tebow could hear, or was bothered by the ridicule. But his teammates and coaching staff weren’t
“Nothing surprises me,” offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said, referring to the jeers from the crowd. “I mean, look, it’s practice. We’re out here. That’s why we’re doing what we’re doing. You’re going to throw a bad one, you’re going to throw three good ones, you’re going to catch two of them, drop one of them, miss a block, whatever it is.
“But the most important thing is to see how the guys battle back and watch them in that process. Tim and all the other guys out there right now are playing with a lot of passion and that’s something I really like.”
Here are some highlights from this morning:
- After sitting out yesterday’s practice, S LaRon Landry was on the practice field for the first time. Though he began the session off to the sides, he eventually participated in some drills during 11-on-11s. He also was angry at himself for tipping a pass that should have been an interception during 7-on-7s.
“Each and every day is progress," he said. "So I’m not going to say I’m far behind. It’s all about learning the terminology and getting accustomed to the calls. So I feel really good about it.
“Each and every snap, each and every day, I’m trying to send a message. I’m really not competing with myself, I’m just trying to earn my teammates’ trust. That I’m with them throughout thick and thin and I’m going to give it all I got. 100 percent.
- WR Jeremy Kerley, sans jersey, did not participate in practice. He was spotted off to the sideline doing agility drills with T Jeff Otah (knee) and G Terrence Campbell (hamstring).
- For the second straight day LB Demario Davis (hamstring) didn’t wear a jersey and didn’t practice. Instead, he stood on the sidelines and watched.
* As reporters huddled under two separate media tents at the end of practice, Tebow finally emerged from the field. Topless.
For some reason, the pelting rain was too much for the Jets backup, and he removed his shirt before sprinting off the field.