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Last Updated: 4:27 AM, May 24, 2012

Posted: 1:37 AM, May 24, 2012

The next step of the “Tebow Takeover” in Jets Nation comes today when the media get to see Tim Tebow on the field for the first time.

Tebow and the Jets began organized team activities (OTAs) on Monday, but today’s is the first session open to the media. That means a ton of reporters and TV cameras fixed on No. 15.

These sessions are glorified practices with players only in helmets, jerseys and shorts, so it is unlikely there will be much to glean from them. But just the sight of Tebow in a green helmet is further proof the polarizing quarterback is actually a Jet and the trade the Jets made two months ago actually did happen.


Bill Kostroun

FIRST TASTE: Big Apple media get their first look at Tim Tebow in a Jets helmet at today’s OTA.

Jets coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano have been very secretive about how Tebow will be used, so they probably will not practice any of the “Tebow package” while the media are watching.

This is the first of three weeks of OTAs followed by mandatory mini-camp in June. There is plenty of time to install the Tebow offense. Players have said they currently are installing the basic offense.

There are a few non-Tebow areas worth watching today as well:

Sparano calling shots

Since the beginning of the team’s offseason program, the players have been talking about the new offensive coordinator’s demeanor.

A few weeks ago during rookie minicamp, he was loud and demonstrative. It will be interesting to see him working with the veterans. It also bears watching what kind of formations Sparano uses and how he utilizes certain pieces of the offense like tight end and fullback.

On the receiving end

The focus will be on Tebow and fellow quarterback Mark Sanchez, but the guys on the other end of the passes bear watching. Santonio Holmes is the Jets’ only established receiver. Rookie Stephen Hill and free-agent pickup Chaz Schilens will be on display.

The big fellas

The Jets revamped their defensive line last month when they selected defensive end Quinton Coples with the 16th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Today, we get to see how the rotation might look with Coples, Mike DeVito, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sione Pouha, Marcus Dixon and Kenrick Ellis. The Jets have a ton of versatility now to run different fronts. There has been talk of running more of the 46 defense and some more 4-3 than they have in the past.

* The Jets signed fullback Fui Vakapuna yesterday, according to a source. Vakapuna, most recently with the Colts, has never played in an NFL game. ... The Miami Herald reported former Jets and Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who is a free agent, wanted to try out for the Dolphins, but the team was not interested.


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W2W4: First OTA open to media

May, 24, 2012

May 24



By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

The Jets already have two OTA practices in the books, and the third -- Thursday -- is open to the media. On the agenda in Florham Park:

• 10 a.m. to noon -- Practice

• Noon to 1 p.m. (approx.) -- Player availability in the locker room

• 2:45 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. -- Rex Ryan news conference

Three stories we'll be following:

1. Tim Tebow: What, you expected something on the fullback situation? This will be our first glimpse at backup QB on the practice field. He's expected to work exclusively at quarterback, with no wildcat plays. They want to get him assimilitated into Tony Sparano's offense by teaching him the QB position before they branch out. Tebow isn't known as a terrific practice thrower, so there could be some ... um, interesting passes.

2. Mark Sanchez: Remember him? He's still the starting QB, after all. Sanchez also is learning the new offense, so these OTA practices are important to him, too. This is the first time since he's been the starter that he has legitimate competition, and he'll have a no-nonsense coordinator -- Sparano -- bellowing in his ear. The coddled days are over.

3. New faces: The key newcomers are rookie DE Quinton Coples, rookie WR Stephen Hill, veteran S Yeremiah Bell, and WR Chaz Schilens. S LaRon Landry (foot) belongs on the list, but he's still rehabbing an old injury.

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