New York Jets training camp is going as smoothly as a New York Jets training camp can be expected to go. There’s drama, but it’s no Sanchez v. Tebow. There’s chatter, but is anyone truly surprised?
But more than anything else, training camp is about who is performing well and who is not. With the Jets’ first preseason game a mere five days away (hosting Indianapolis this Thursday, 7 p.m. ET on CBS), here are three players I think have been doing a great job for Gang Green this summer.
Smith was given every single first-team snap at Thursday’s practice. Reporters asked Michael Vick if he thought that this indicated the Jets had officially made up their mind about the starting quarterback job. Vick shrugged off the question with an “I’m outta here. Y’all have a good one,” and left the presser, almost chuckling. Smith came back Friday to connect with Stephen Hill for a 60-yard touchdown. While Vick played “Anything you can do, I can do better” by hooking up with Jacoby Ford for a 65-yard score, all indications from Jets reporters is that it’s Geno’s starting job to lose.
He was on the end of the Geno bomb on Friday, but that wasn’t Hill’s only star moment this camp. I’ve predicted on this very site that Stephen Hill will not make the Jets’ final roster, but he’s actually having an impressive camp. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg even calls Hill’s summer “outstanding.” It is partly because Hill is healthy, partly because he claims to have grown an inch to a towering 6-foot-5 – but maybe the most important reason is because he knows he’s fighting for his job. “Every day, I feel like it’s my last day,” he said Friday. “So, I come out here and that’s how I have to play. Nothing is guaranteed in this league.”
Some might consider the third-year inside linebacker the weakest link of the Jets’ incredible front seven, but Davis has been in the middle of some big defensive plays this week, including an interception of Geno Smith Wednesday returned for a touchdown. I also give Davis a ton of credit for stepping up and saying his talkative teammates haven’t been backing up their boasts: “Being the best doesn’t just happen. So I’ve seen a lot of people saying that. I’ve said it myself, but personally, I don’t feel like we’re putting in the work right now to be the best … The work has to precede the glory.”
News and notes: The Jets will hold their green and white scrimmage Saturday night at camp in Cortland. Geno Smith, unsurprisingly, will be the starting quarterback. After seeing Paul George break his leg in a Team USA Basketball scrimmage Friday night, I can only hope no heartbreaking injuries occur in the Jets’ practice game.
~Calvin Pryor revealed that the concussion he sustained last week was the first head injury of his career. Pryor practiced Friday for the second straight day, though it’s on a “limited basis.”