Day 2: Three things we learned

May, 11, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- A few takeaways from the second day of rookie minicamp (the final day open to the media):

1. The daily Geno: QB Geno Smith declined to grade his Day 2 performance, but I'll give him a 'D' -- as in, decisive. Unlike Friday, when he double-clutched a couple of times and appeared tentative with his reads, the former West Virginia star demonstrated better command of his plays. That's what you want to see from a rookie -- daily improvement. Many of his completions Saturday came on screen passes, so there really wasn't much need for him to stand in the pocket and read the defense. Nevertheless, it was a positive step. It'll be interesting to see how he responds in OTA practices, when the veterans are in town and Rex Ryan dials up his exotic blitzes.

2. Big men on the move: One of the offseason goals was to increase the athleticism at guard. Ryan believes they accomplished that by drafting Brian Winters (third round) and Will Campbell (sixth). New coordinator Marty Mornhinweg likes to use perimeter runs, and it helps to have guards that can pull and block in space. In Saturday's positional drills, the offensive linemen focused on pulling. Ryan liked what he saw, especially from Campbell, a former college defensive lineman with intriguing athletic ability. He also wears No. 65, Brandon Moore's old number. Said Ryan: "Hopefully, he can have half the success Brandon Moore had at that position."

3. Land of opportunity: It has been hard in recent years for undrafted free agents to make the opening-day roster. In fact, only one rookie did it last year -- DT Damon Harrison. That should change this year. The Jets, under new management, are a team in transition, stressing competition at every position. Ryan agreed with the premise that more UDFAs could stick than in past years. It's early, but here are some contenders: LB Troy Davis (Central Florida), C Dalton Freeman (Clemson), S Rontez Miles (California, Pa.) and WR Zach Rogers (Tennessee).

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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