New York Jets: Rookie Mini-Camp, Day One

Steve ClarkeContributor IApril 30, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14:  Joe McKnight #4 of the USC Trojans celebrates his touchdown against the Stanford Cardinals during the second half at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Today marked the first day of the Jets' rookie mini camp. The biggest story of the day, besides the Santonio Holmes incident , was running back Joe McKnight . It was a rough first day for the rookie, as he was dropping passes and throwing up in between the goal posts all morning. At one point during the practice he fell down awkwardly and had to be treated for leg cramps.

"I thought Joe McKnight looked good—when he wasn't throwing up," Rex Ryan said. "But it's funny, a little anxiety kicked in and all that jazz. (He) probably wasn't working out as much as he normally should, and those things happen. He looked good running the ball, but had some drops."

Kyle Wilson , the Jets' first round pick out of Boise State, seemed to make a good first impression on Ryan. "Kyle Wilson looked great." Rex Ryan said. "I think you're excited when you draft a corner, you want to see him go one-on-one. I thought he looked great out there."  As everybody knows, Rex Ryan loves a good cover corner. Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan have already said that they expect Wilson to be a major contributor in the Jets' defense this season.

Several other players also made favorable impressions on Rex Ryan, notably some undrafted free agents. "Another guy that jumped out at me was (Jeff) Cumberland , from Illinois. This is a young man that is 6'4" 250 pounds and ran a 4.4 forty" Rex said. "Maybe he can't block, but he looked good receiving the ball."  Cumberland reminds me a lot of Jets TE Dustin Keller .

Former Alabama SS/LB Cory Reamer impressed Rex Ryan with his high football IQ. "We're thinking about replacing Pettine with him. He's smart, he was calling out everything" Ryan stated. Other players that caught Rex Ryan's eye were Kevin Basped, John Conner, and Brian Jackson.

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Overall, Rex said he was happy with the practice, but he would like to see more players having fun. “One thing I was disappointed in, there was not enough smiles out there today.” Rex stressed that he understood that the players were nervous and had a lot going through their heads, but wanted the players to just relax a little bit.

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