The Snap: Training camp, Day 8

August, 1, 2013
8/01/13
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- This should be interesting.

The Jets are expected to turn up the intensity in practice, with the first goal-line drill of training camp. It's real football, with live tackling. There's always a lot of pride on the line, offense versus defense. It could take place on a messy track, as the forecast calls for rain throughout most of the day. A memorable goal-line drill occurred in 2010, when HBO's "Hard Knocks" was in Cortland to document the Jets' training camp.

Other storylines:

1. Road graders: We haven't focused too much on the offensive line in camp, but this is a unit in a semi-state of flux -- two new starters at guard. The "Ground & Pound" days might be gone, but running the ball remains important. We should learn something in the goal-line drill.

2. QB on the rebound: After a poor practice Wednesday, Mark Sanchez needs a bounce-back performance. He's slated to work with the starters, per the quarterback rotation, but he might not get too many chances if it's a run-heavy practice.

3. Special K: This could be a day for NT Kenrick Ellis to shine. He was unblockable in a recent practice, according to Rex Ryan. There's a lot of pressure on Ellis to replace well-respected vet Sione Po'uha, and he'll have to earn his pelts by stuffing the run.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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