7 Biggest Takeaways from the New York Jets' Second Week of Camp
The first two weeks of the Jets' training camp have had more drama and violence than a James Cameron movie.
Brawls. Unnecessary big hits. Disappointing rookies. Uproarious veterans. Supposed quarterback controversy. Tebow on a shirtless jog in the rain
Much has been learned in the first few days of Gang Green's camp, but here are the seven biggest takeaways from Cortland.
Antonio Cromartie Is a Cancer
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Congratulations, Antonio Cromartie. You have passed Santonio Holmes for biggest jackass on the New York Jets.
It seems that Cromartie's goal for this season was to cause as much mayhem as possible.
The cornerback injured star receiver Santonio Holmes on a big hit that was anything but necessary.
Cromartie is not regarded as a big hitter, so it is strange to see him get as physical as possible in an exhibition.
The former Charger also laid out tight end Dustin Keller on a monster hit in practice earlier this week.
Keller took exception to the tackle, and the two had an on-field skirmish.
The 28-year-old Cromartie also boasted that he was the second-best wide receiver on the roster, a slight to the actual wideouts on the Jets roster.
If Cromartie keeps causing trouble, Rex Ryan may have no other choice but to bench or suspend him.
Jeremy Kerley Is Dropping Down the WR Depth Chart
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Jeremy Kerley entered the offseason with lofty expectations, as many believed him to be one of the most explosive wide receivers on the roster.
However, the 23-year-old's training camp has been a massive letdown so far.
Rex Ryan has publicly called out Kerley, saying the second-year wideout needs to "step it up."
The former fifth-round pick has been slow to pick up the new offensive system under Tony Sparano, as well.
With Stephen Hill and Chaz Schilens now in the equation, Kerley seems to have blown a huge opportunity for a wide receiver role in 2012.
Rex Ryan Is a New Man
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No, I don't mean his amazing weight loss. Rex Ryan's attitude has drastically changed.
The fourth-year head coach surprised many this past January when he claimed that he was done with his bombastic predictions about the Jets winning the Super Bowl.
It seems the Jets' devastating collapse last season has affected Ryan's confidence.
Ryan seems to have also finished babying his players and feeding their egos. He lashed out at his players earlier this week for the numerous brawls taking place, even making them run penalty laps.
The Gang Green head coach has also expressed his frustration with numerous players, including Jeremy Kerley and Antonio Cromartie.
Ryan has transformed into a new kind of leader, and perhaps into a better coach.
Stephen Hill Is Going to Be a Star
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While fellow rookies Antonio Allen and DeMario Davis have been impressive, Stephen Hill has been out-of-this-world through two weeks in Cortland.
The rookie wideout has been the offense's most explosive player through two weeks.
The former Georgia Tech star's combination of elite size (6'4", 215 pounds) and blazing speed (a 4.3 seconds 40-yard dash) is unrivaled.
Hill should make an immediate impact this season and develop into one of the game's top wideouts in a few short years.
Mark Sanchez Is the Team Leader
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Mark Sanchez' play on the field has much-maligned by the press in recent years, but the quarterback is developing into a leader off the field.
The fourth-year signal-caller has developed into the voice of the team so far in training camp.
Sanchez called out his juvenile teammates for the massive brawl that took place earlier this week, saying there is "no excuse for it."
Tight end Dustin Keller said "He's more of a leader than he ever was before. When he's talking, everybody is listening."
Sanchez's role as a leader is a breath of fresh air in the Jets' training camp.
On a roster full of immature veterans such as Antonio Cromartie and Santonio Holmes and a group of bold rookies, it is important for Sanchez to step up and establish himself as the commander.
Bilal Powell May Be the Most Complete Back on the Roster
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Coming into the offseason, the Jets were expected to run with Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight as their top two options in the running game.
However, an extremely impressive training camp by Bilal Powell has jumbled up the backfield order.
Shonn Greene and Rex Ryan have both praised Powell's performance in training camp, saying he is a solid blocker and makes no mental mistakes.
Powell has been earning first-team snaps because of his outstanding play, and many believe he may have replaced McKnight as the Jets' third-down running back.
The Louisville product may have had the best start to training camp of anyone.
With his combination of brute strength, superb blocking and outstanding on-field smarts, Powell could be the most complete running back on the roster.
Expect Powell to see significant playing time throughout the regular season.
The Offense Will Attempt More Big Plays This Season
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Under Brian Schottenheimer, the Jets offense was one of the most conservative in the league.
Mark Sanchez and company rarely attempted to throw the ball deep and burn opposing defense for huge yardage.
Under Tony Sparano, however, the offensive game plan seems to have changed.
The Jets also brought in explosive wideouts Stephen Hill and Chaz Schilens. Both players can burn opposing secondaries with their speed and be terrific deep-ball threats.
Everything seems to be pointing to the Gang Green offense attempting more big passes this upcoming season.