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Jets Training Camp Recap: A Strong Day for the Passing Game

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Another day of Jets training camp is in the books. I was at camp today so I will share my own reflections from the day in Florham Park.

Strong passing offense: I thought it was a good day for both Josh McCown and Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg had one really ugly moment when he forced a pass into double coverage that was intercepted by Dexter McDougle. Aside from that, it was a generally strong day for both guys. Jamal Adams started the eleven on eleven period with a “sack” on McCown, but McCown completed four straight passes after that, and the offense was off and running.

McDougle continues to impress: It feels a bit odd to be writing about a cornerback playing well right after I praised the passing game, but McDougle built on what was a strong preseason opener. In addition to the aforementioned interception on Hackenberg, he was part of multiple other passes defensed. We still have a long way to go, but continued momentum is a positive for McDougle making something of himself.

Hands on Morton: Throughout training camp, there have been multiple reports about how John Morton’s booming voice was a constant feature. It is clear that was no joke. One thing I noted was how hands on Morton was working with the receivers today. He was offered pretty detailed instructions on the technical parts of their routes and was even playing the role of cornerback in certain drills to make sure the routes were run correctly. This is no great surprise given his background coaching the position. With the Jets going young at the position, it might be a positive to have a coordinator who has worked to develop receivers.

Perfect kickers: By most indications, Ross Martin is ahead of Chandler Catanzaro in the kicking competition. Martin had another perfect day, going 6 for 6 including a 56 yarder. Catanzaro matched him, also going 6 for 6 with a 56 yarder. At this point, a tie would seem to be good for Martin.