Practice Report: Sanchez's day
August, 1, 2013
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- With live goal-line drills in the mix, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had his day, showing that experience counts for something.
Sanchez was 10-for-16 with two touchdown passes, an interception and a sack during Thursday's practice. The pick wasn't as costly as it looks on paper, because it came during a situation with one second on the clock. Sanchez heaved it up, and CB Darrin Walls came down with the ball in the end zone. Calvin Pace, who continues to have a strong camp, brought the pressure on Sanchez during the play.
Rookie Geno Smith looked more tentative, especially in short goal-line situations. Each quarterback got three chances, and Smith was sacked on the first and threw it away on the second before connecting with Konrad Reuland in the end zone. Sanchez was 2-for-3 in his attempts, and the incompletion was a pretty nice dart to Braylon Edwards in the middle.
Overall, Smith was 5-for-10 with two sacks and the touchdown. The highlight for Smith was a well-thrown 50-yard pass to Ryan Spadola, who stretched for the catch and got fans cheering. Smith's two sacks seems to be a daily average. It might take a preseason game with live tackling to get a better sense of how evasive he is.
The two quarterbacks are still close, and it's a legitimate competition. That fact alone should disappoint Sanchez supporters. With four seasons under his belt, the quarterback should look better in training camp.
While Smith shows he can get 50 yards of air under the ball, Sanchez has mastery of the shorter, screen-type passes. This competition is far from over.
IVORY OUT: It has been a full week and RB Chris Ivory still hasn't participated in team drills with the Jets. Ivory, who came into camp with hamstring tightness, expected to be competing in pads within a few days but has instead worked on the sideline. Coach Rex Ryan said the injury has lingered more than he anticipated. The team is also without RB Mike Goodson, who has still not joined the team in Cortland.
MILLINER FOR 10: Rookie cornerback Dee Milliner worked with the first-team defense in team drills for 10 or so plays. "I thought he looked pretty good," Ryan said, noting Milliner gave up one completion. Ryan backed away from saying Milliner -- who is returning from offseason shoulder surgery -- would definitely play in the Green & White scrimmage Saturday, but he still thinks it's a possibility.
TOOTH ISSUE: Rookie DL Sheldon Richardson had a root canal Wednesday after a filling fell out Tuesday. He isn't sure when he will return to team drills. "It's in pain, but got my medicine right now so I'm pretty cool," Richardson said. He said he had an exposed nerve and ranked the pain at eight on a scale to 10.
WINTERS IS COMING: Offensive lineman Brian Winters was back with the first team as Stephen Peterman deals with a shoulder injury. Winters has impressed a few Jets onlookers, including visiting former coach Mike Westhoff.
ATTENDANCE REPORT: S Rontez Miles was taken off the physically unable to perform list and practiced. WR Titus Ryan, WR Jordan White and WR Marcus Davis were on the bike.