Observations from New York Jets' Second Minicamp Practice
Wednesday's Jets minicamp was open to the public, so, living in relatively close proximity to Florham park, I was able to attend.
It was my first time at the Jets facility. If you have never been there, imagine a NASA space center with football fields behind it. Quite an impressive building.
Anyway, here is what caught my eye watching practice:
Based on where I was standing, I was able to get a real close look at the offensive lineman, and I decided to take a close look at Vladimir Ducasse. It was my first time seeing Ducasse in person, but I was impressed by his athleticism. The man can move, but he struggled a bit on the sled, using somewhat lazy technique.
What disappointed me was his performance in the blitz pick-up drill. He was criticized multiple times by coaches for being hesitant in making a move to pick up the linebacker. While it was only one practice, I was underwhelmed by Ducasse.
Of course, the big attraction to the public was being able to watch Tebow and Sanchez directly compete with each other. After watching both players in 11-on-11 drills, trust me when I say that there is no competition at quarterback.
Sanchez was sharp, hitting receivers in stride and being decisive with the ball. He made a great scrambling play where he hit Jeremy Kerely on a comeback route, who gained about a foot of separation on a slipping Darrelle Revis.
Tebow, on the other hand, was largely a disaster. He threw a couple of "wounded ducks" and drove a ball into Eron Riley's feet on a shallow crossing route. To be honest, I wish every Jets fan had a chance to see this practice just to get an idea for how much better of a passer Sanchez is than Tebow.
Chaz Schilens was a another player who caught my eye, and Shonn Greene did a nice job catching passes out of the backfield. Joe McKnight looked explosive as well.
The crowd was pretty quiet, which let Tony Sparano's voice (and rather colorful language) cut through the air. On almost every play, he was telling the offense to push the tempo and get to the line of scrimmage faster.
The defense was practicing on the other side of the field, so I did not get a chance to look at them in individual drills. But I did notice that Josh Mauga was working at outside linebacker with the starters.
Overall, a solid practice with few surprises, but a strong day for Mark Sanchez.
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