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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Notes and observations from Wednesday's OTA practice: 

1. He-e-e-e-re's Dex: Third-round pick Dexter McDougle, who missed the final nine games of his senior year due to major shoulder surgery, made his practice debut for the New York Jets. After three weeks of wearing a red (non-contact) jersey, the rookie cornerback wore green with the rest of his defensive teammates and impressed Rex Ryan so much that the coach called him out in front of the team afterward. McDougle worked with the second-team nickel package and didn't seem tentative at all. This, of course, is good news for the Jets' revamped cornerback position

 

2. Rex comes clean: The Jets received mild criticism for taking McDougle in the third round, considering the time he missed at Maryland. Ryan admitted he, too, thought it was a risky pick, but others in the organization -- mainly defensive coordinat0r Dennis Thurman -- "eased my doubts" about McDougle. Ryan said Thurman, after watching McDougle on tape for the first time, came up to him and said, "I've got the guy right here." Ryan said they graded McDougle as one of the top "character" players in the draft. Assuming he has no setbacks, he will be able to participate in next week's minicamp. 

3. Changing of the guards: 'Tis the time of year to experiment. With Willie Colon (arthroscopic knee surgery) sidelined for the remainder of the offseason, the Jets have been rotating players at right guard. On Wednesday, it was Brian Winters' turn. He traded places with Oday Aboushi, who moved to Winters' spot at left guard. No, this doesn't mean Colon is in danger of losing his starting job. Ryan acknowledged that Colon, who is expected to return for training camp, is a likely starter, but not necessarily at right guard. Interesting. Moving the players around in June creates competition and flexibility that could help in training camp. 

4. Geno and Vick: There was a concentration on the two-minute offense and the red zone in practice. Both Geno Smith and Michael Vick looked sharp in the red zone, each quarterback completing four of five passes in team drills. Smith got most of the work with the starters. His best moment came when he stepped up in the pocket and found wide receiver Eric Decker in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. Decker dominated in the red zone, one of the reasons why the Jets are paying him $7 million a year. Vick displayed his old form, scrambling for a touchdown. He also made a nice scoring pass to rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders

5. Two-minute hiccups: Smith wasn't nearly as crisp in the hurry-up situation. He started off with a deep ball to Decker, but the drive stalled as he misfired on three of his last four passes. First-round pick Calvin Pryor came on a safety blitz to disrupt Smith on one play. 

6. Rex on the QB competition/non-competition: Not surprisingly, Ryan spoke glowingly on the Smith-Vick battle -- even though it's not really a battle, if you ask Vick. "Both guys are sharp," Ryan said. "They're pushing themselves and pushing each other. That's exactly what we wanted to have happen. ... I've been really impressed with it." 

7. Attendance report: Players that didn't participate in the voluntary practice included wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (personal), running back Mike Goodson (undisclosed), running backChris Johnson (knee), running back Daryl Richardson (toe), wide receiver Jacoby Ford(undisclosed), Colon (knee), rookie wide receiver Shaq Evans (school obligation) and linebacker Antwan Barnes (knee). Ryan said he expects Goodson to show up for next week's mandatory minicamp. As expected, Johnson -- six months removed from knee surgery -- isn't expected to do much, if anything, in the minicamp. Ford will be full speed by next week. 

8. Dee's cranky hammy: Cornerback Dee Milliner, who sat out last week's open practice, participated on a limited basis. Officially, the team is calling it hamstring "tightness," not a pulled hamstring. Got that? Ryan said they kept him out for precautionary reasons. 

9. Odds and ends: Pryor continued to work with the starters. It was Pryor and Antonio Allen at safety, with Dawan Landry practicing with the second team. Landry already knows the defense; the plan is to let Pryor and Allen get as many reps as possible. ... The Jets are continuing their penalty/push-up tradition. When a penalty is committed, the entire team drops for 10 push ups. General manager John Idzik was among the non-players that did pushups. ... Matt Simms, battling rookie Tajh Boyd for the No. 3 quarterback job, threw an interception. ... Rookie tight end Jace Amaro, coming off a three-drop day last week, had another drop but looked much better catching the ball

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Wow! Glad to see so much participation in voluntary workouts!

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This Vick business is intriguing

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This Vick business is intriguing

 

10 wins + playoffs = Rex 4 year extension, interesting?

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Great to see Dex shed the red jersey. Healthy just in time for minicamp in 5 days.

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He should prolly sign his contract

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10 wins + playoffs = Rex 4 year extension, interesting?

I'm not sure you're aware of how bad that would be for this franchise.

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Mike Goodson (undisclosed). Lol.

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I'm not sure you're aware of how bad that would be for this franchise.

The Jets would retain an excellent coach, and you'd likely slit your wrists.

Pardon me, but I'm not seeing the negative in that scenario.

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The Jets would retain an excellent coach, and you'd likely slit your wrists.

Pardon me, but I'm not seeing the negative in that scenario.

But who would drive the content?

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He should prolly sign his contract

McDougle Island????

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I think Geno is going to have a good season.

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It'll be awesome if McDougle turns out to be the real deal. I love it when fans crap all over a pick and they turn out to be great.

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It'll be awesome if McDougle turns out to be the real deal. I love it when fans crap all over a pick and they turn out to be great.

Like Joe McKnight.

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2. Rex comes clean: The Jets received mild criticism for taking McDougle in the third round, considering the time he missed at Maryland. Ryan admitted he, too, thought it was a risky pick, but others in the organization -- mainly defensive coordinat0r Dennis Thurman -- "eased my doubts" about McDougle. Ryan said Thurman, after watching McDougle on tape for the first time, came up to him and said, "I've got the guy right here." Ryan said they graded McDougle as one of the top "character" players in the draft. Assuming he has no setbacks, he will be able to participate in next week's minicamp. 

 

 

that's funny because i imagine rex spent this draft in one of these:

 

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The Jets would retain an excellent coach, and you'd likely slit your wrists.

Pardon me, but I'm not seeing the negative in that scenario.

 

Stained carpets. Obviously.

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McDougle is going to be the man by mid season.  Yep.

 

 

Agreed.

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McDougle Island????

^This guy gets it

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He should prolly sign his contract

 

I bet he wants to be paid like a 2nd round pick, making the case the injury is the only reason he slid, and rex is on record as loving him

 

can you imagine he misses some of the mandatory mini-camp coming up ?

 

lulz

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I bet he wants to be paid like a 2nd round pick, making the case the injury is the only reason he slid, and rex is on record as loving him

can you imagine he misses some of the mandatory mini-camp coming up ?

lulz

I thought everything is slotted now so there aren't really any negotiations. He was picked in the 3rd round so he will get a contract that reflects that. Am I wrong? What could they possibly be negotiating?

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Mike Goodson (undisclosed). Lol.

 

 Indisposed.

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I thought everything is slotted now so there aren't really any negotiations. He was picked in the 3rd round so he will get a contract that reflects that. Am I wrong? What could they possibly be negotiating?

There really isn't much. It could be the Jets are looking to put some unusual injury related clause in there based on the kid's history, or maybe the agent is looking to make a name for himself. It's still really early, and he's out there practicing, so I don't think it's something to worry about.

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Like Joe McKnight.

It's a little early to declare him an All Pro

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There really isn't much. It could be the Jets are looking to put some unusual injury related clause in there based on the kid's history, or maybe the agent is looking to make a name for himself. It's still really early, and he's out there practicing, so I don't think it's something to worry about.

 

yeah but

 

the #1 overall pick has signed !!!!   sign the darned thing  !!!!

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