This weekend I am attending practices at Jets training camp. Today's practice took place under steamy conditions. The heat index was over 100 degrees on the field. Here are some notes I had.
Passing game shines: From the start of practice, the receivers seemed to have the upper hand. Even when the coverage was solid, the offense was completing passes. Ryan Fitzpatrick in particular was on target. I counted four Brandon Marshall catches on Darrelle Revis. Once Marshall shook Revis on a comeback, but on the other three, there was tight coverage and just better execution on offense. Decker had a few receptions on Revis and Marcus Williams in tight coverage. The highlight for the offense was a deep pass from Fitzpatrick to Decker that traveled over 50 yards in the air. Charone Peake also stood out to me. Early in practice, he made a nice catch over Buster Skrine on a deep pass that got tipped high in the air. He did a nice job high pointing a pass from Fitzpatrick near the end of practice.
Rookie linebackers look good: Jordan Jenkins got behind the line of scrimmage a couple of times. Darron Lee, playing in place of David Harris who was absent, looked solid with the first team. He had a nice pass defensed on the goal line on a target to Kellen Davis and made a few plays near or behind the line. He had one big negative moment, when Tommy Bohanon ran over him.
Thin backfield gets thinner: The backfield is currently pretty thin for the Jets. It might not be that way by Week 1 as Matt Forte and Khiry Robinson recover, but Tommy Bohanon is now seeing carries. The team signed Lache Seastrunk today, but Romar Morris was injured on a big hit by Rontez Miles.
Kickers connect: Nick Folk and Ross Martin made their kicks, including 53 yarders. Martin continues to face an uphill battle to win this competition after Thursday's performance.