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Jets training camp: Observations, thoughts on Day 3 | 1st padded practice, Quinnen Williams’ debut, Ty Montgomery puts on show, more

Updated 1:45 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

By Matt Stypulkoski | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The Jets are three days into training camp, but Saturday was their first practice in pads of 2019.

With pads comes added intensity and an extra step toward real-game action.

So what happened on Day 3? Who looked good, who looked bad and what were the major highlights and takeaways?

 

Here’s a look at our observations and thoughts on Saturday’s session:

Sam Darnold tracker

Darnold went 4-for-8 passing with one interception. He took 20 reps during his four team periods.

The first team period was far and away Darnold’s most productive – individually speaking. He went 3-for-4 with the lone incompletion coming on a drop by Le’Veon Bell, who failed to reel in a screen pass. The three completions found Bell along the left sideline, Ty Montgomery out of the backfield – while Darnold was under duress – and Robby Anderson down the left sideline.

After that six-play series, Darnold threw the ball considerably less. He was picked off by Trumaine Johnson during the second team period; Darnold looked for Jamison Crowder on a post route to his right, but Johnson jumped underneath to snare it.

Le’Veon Bell MIA again

Bell missed about 35 minutes of Friday’s practice in order to take a league-mandated drug test. 

Turns out, that wasn’t a one-off. He went missing again after the first team period Saturday and did not return, missing the final hour of practice. Head coach Adam Gase said he once again was required to undergo drug testing, hence the absence.

How did Quinnen Williams fare in debut?

Williams missed Thursday’s practice because he didn’t have a contract, then sat out Friday’s session after signing. But he cleared the physical and conditioning tests, so he was out there for Saturday’s practice.

The majority of Williams’ snaps came with the second team, but he did spend some time working with the starters. He relieved Steve McLendon after two reps during the first team period and rotated in a little bit during subsequent series as well. 

Gase resisted a knee-jerk review of his performance after practice, saying that he would have to watch the tape back to get a real feel for how the rookie looked. But either way, Williams’ first practice is in the books. Now it’s about watching for growth and a potential move up the pecking order.

The Ty Montgomery show

The Jets’ No. 2 running back has looked terrific through three days of practice. He’s proving his worth as a dual-threat back and Gase clearly enjoys putting him on the field with Bell in order to keep the defense off balance.

But when Bell was absent the last two days, Montgomery hopped into the lead role without missing a beat. He’s looked aggressive as a runner and sure-handed while running routes. He reeled in a beautiful one-handed grab when Darnold, under duress, floated a pass to him over some oncoming rushers.

Corner issues

There’s been plenty of talk already, even in early days, about cornerback being the weakness of the Jets’ defense. Johnson pushed back on that conventional wisdom at the podium Friday, then backed it up with that interception Saturday. 

But during one-on-one drills earlier in practice, the cornerbacks struggled mightily. Derrick Jones got roasted by Deonte Thompson. Longshot wide receiver Tim White managed a 40-yard touchdown grab down the right sideline. Even Johnson had issues, getting beat handily by Quincy Enunwa – though the wide receiver wasn’t able to make the grab. 

To his credit, Darryl Roberts did keep Robby Anderson under tabs and make a nice play on one route. 

But the majority of the drill looked pretty ugly for the defense.

Backup QB competition

Davis Webb has had a few nice throws during this camp, but some fundamentals are giving him fits, too. He muffed a snap Saturday, after fumbling twice on Thursday. This time, the error was greeted by a heated offensive coordinator; Dowell Loggains yanked him out in favor of Luke Falk. Those two are fighting for the No. 3 job right now, behind Darnold and Trevor Siemian. 

Kicking woes worsen

Chandler Catanzaro had a poor start to training camp, missing two kicks on Thursday. But things got worse Saturday, when he missed three straight in the 45-50-yard range. Catanzaro’s first attempt wasn’t remotely close – it came up well short and wide right. The second had enough distance, but also sailed right. The third hit the right upright.

To his credit, he bounced back with three straight makes in the next period. But Saturday shoed that the kicking inconsistencies could become a trend, as opposed to one rusty day at the start of camp.

Punt return problems

The Jets continue rolling a bunch of players through on punt returns – six, to be exact. Two of them, Quadree Henderson and Greg Dortch, muffed a punt on Saturday.

Also included in the competiton: White, Josh Bellamy, J.J. Jones and Crowder.


 


Quick notes

• Williams isn’t the only notable rookie, of course; the Jets took three other players in the top three rounds. Offensive lineman Chuma Edoga spent Saturday working with the second team. So did linebacker Blake Cashman. Tight end Trevon Wesco saw a few first team snaps. Edge rusher Jachai Polite worked with the third team.

• The Jets’ first-team offense tried a trick play at one point, but the defense snuffed it out and held firm, breaking things up right around the line of scrimmage. Still, it was interesting to see the Jets offense break out a wrinkle during practice. It shows that this offense vs. defense battle isn’t just a hyped up creation; the two units really are trying to one-up each other on every snap. 

• Here’s a fun battle to keep an eye on throughout camp: Crowder vs. Brian Poole. Those two talented newcomers will be lining up across from one another all summer long. Crowder is a shifty, elusive receiver; Poole is an aggressive corner. Should make for some fireworks in both directions.

• Saturday was the first of the Jets’ four open practices. It was clear early on that the players enjoyed the added attention; Leonard Williams, Jamal Adams and others spent time hyping up the crowd during the team stretch. But once 11-on-11 play began, things actually settled down. The Jets’ practice routine of running special teams plays between team periods seemed to subdue the crowd a bit. That, or it could have been the combination of heat and Saturday morning fatigue.

 

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I know its only preseason but the Jets need to improve on both sides of the ball. The Jets look good now offensively because of Darnold and everyone are going crazy for him. I believe people should relax and wait for the season to start instead of cheering the preseason. Remember this is only preseason!!!

Besides the defense needs a lot of work mainly the secondary!!! Lets hope the Jets can get a CB that has been cut by the opposing team? They also need to redo the pass rush and work on stopping the run.

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11 minutes ago, The Crusher said:

How is anyone talking about anything but Trumaine Johnson getting a pick? If that jack-ass shows up and ball this year we might be in for a solid run. Sam has balls of steel and can bounce back from anything. I hope Trumaine gets a pick every practice. 

Solid Trumaine Johnson is a positive plus here but who is starting opposite CB. 

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2 hours ago, Apache 51 said:

Padded practice..D has to make hay too.

Yep.

I think Darnold will improve on his rookie year, he has a lot more talent around him, but after the first two days without the pads on some guys here were thinking he suddenly became Joe Montana 2.0

32 minutes ago, HelenOfTroy said:

No, no....he’s perfect!! The way he grabs his crotch, plants flags, he’s ALWAYS feeling dangerous!! ?

Another yep. 

He’s definitely the class of the ‘18 QBs from what we’ve seen so far. I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say he’s perfect however. He’s really, really good though...

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19 minutes ago, 14 in Green said:

Yep.

I think Darnold will improve on his rookie year, he has a lot more talent around him, but after the first two days without the pads on some guys here were thinking he suddenly became Joe Montana 2.0

Another yep. 

He’s definitely the class of the ‘18 QBs from what we’ve seen so far. I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say he’s perfect however. He’s really, really good though...

Helen is a huge Sooner Homer 

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3 hours ago, New York Mick said:

Bell and Montgomery in the backfield at the same time will be fun to watch. Both can play receiver as well as any back in the league. 

It's going to make it difficult for teams to match up with personnel wise. Are they going to run with base D or bring out another dback and run a nickel package? That will be a fun chess match to pay attention to

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46 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

I tried talking to her but her mind is made up

Now I have this image of a woman sitting atop the Boomer Schooner. She’s handing out fish tacos to all the kids in the USC quad.

I can’t get it out of my head....

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32 minutes ago, Barry McCockinner said:

It's going to make it difficult for teams to match up with personnel wise. Are they going to run with base D or bring out another dback and run a nickel package? That will be a fun chess match to pay attention to

They could go from a two back set to a single back to 5 wide with an audible on any play Bell and Montgomery are on the field. If done right it will open up the offense and protect the oline. 

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4 hours ago, The Crusher said:

How is anyone talking about anything but Trumaine Johnson getting a pick? If that jack-ass shows up and ball this year we might be in for a solid run. Sam has balls of steel and can bounce back from anything. I hope Trumaine gets a pick every practice. 

because he looked like ass the rest of the time?

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