Thursday, July 24, 2014

Smith Shines in Day One of Camp

By Max Marcilla

As our own Matt Barbato wrote about in his training camp preview, he thought the quarterback competition was "overrated." It turns out that already, after just one practice from Cortland, the competition already has a heavy favorite.

Smith had a great practice to kick off 2014 training camp.
Geno Smith got nine more first-team reps than Michael Vick and was much more effective than Vick in those opportunities. Smith was 7-10 with a sack and no turnovers in his 13 reps, while Vick was 2-5 with an interception and a sack in his plays with the first-team and second-team.

At the safety position, rookie Calvin Pryor and third-year pro Antonio Allen were the starting safeties. Dawan Landry made also got in the mix, forming a rotating trio.

As far as the wide receivers go, some had a better practice than others. It is a jam-packed roster of wide receivers with everyone fighting for a spot. Eric Decker had a nice practice, beating Dee Milliner in one on one work. A few players who are fighting to make the roster, sixth-round pick Quincy Enunwa, fourth-round pick Shaq Evans and Stephen Hill did not have quite as good of a day. Enunwa was sidelined with an injury and although Hill and Evans were on the field, they both struggled catching the ball. There are no excuses for Hill at this point in his career, but Evans did not attend mini-camp, so he is still adjusting to the NFL.
Eric Decker with a great start to his Jets career.

"The good thing is we have a veteran presence." said wide out David Nelson when asked about the competition. "We're out here to compete but at the same time encourage each other."

The Jets started off last season with five wide receivers on the roster, but right now, they have 12.

One of the most interesting story lines from practice today was how the Jets used third-round draft pick Dexter McDougle. All speculation pointed to Dimitri Patterson being the cornerback across Dee Milliner, but in practice today, McDougle got some starting reps. He even intercepted third-string quarterback Tajh Boyd in the final play of the day.

It was a good start to training camp. As head coach Rex Ryan said, "We are so much further along than I can remember at this time of year with this team than any other team."

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