Rookies Are Stepping Up
- Todd Bowles was very adamant about being more physical in practice, he wanted his players to get used to playing in their pads. Marcus Maye and Jordan Legget, two rookies, decided to give Todd Bowles exactly what he wanted. After Legget made a nice grab along the sideline Maye closed in on him and completely cleaned him up, resulting in his helmet popping off. As for Dylan Donahue the outside linebacker out of West Georgia has been getting a lot of play with the first team base defense, lining up opposite of Jordan Jenkins. Donahue plays with a high motor and has a good good speed off the edge to put him in some favorable match ups. I am very high and believe with his motor and skill set he will be the contributor we were hoping Lorenzo Mauldin was going to be. As for Jordan Legget who was mentioned early, rumblings out of One Jets Drive are that he is turning heads and really coming on in John Morton’s offense. If Legget can be a decent contributor this year with ASJ, this will allow Morton to deploy two tight ends on the field at once. This is an encouraging sign for the Jets as their rookies and first and second year players are evolving more and more as a team as well as their own skill sets.
Wide Receiver Group is WIDE Open… No Pun
- Behind Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson this wide receiver group is very wide open. Of course Ardarius Stewart and Chad Hansen have a favorable edge because they are recent draft picks, but there are a handful of other players vying for a roster spot. Chris Harper is one name in particular this is turning heads over the first 4 days of camp, yesterday he by far made the best play yet and probably of all camp. Harper is an athletic receiver out of Cal who was caste off by the Patriots and 49ers, if he continues this kind of play and displays his reliable hands in preseason games he could be a watch for making the team. Other names to keep an eye on are Gabe Marks, Myles White, and Lucky Whitehead who has an advantage because of his kick and punt returning skills.
- The veteran Matt Forte tweaked his hamstring during Mondays practice and was held out of practice yesterday, there is no need to rush the 31 year old running back back to practice. Both wide outs Ardarius Stewart and Chad Hansen were worked back into the mix in limited team drills, they both were dealing with injuries this past spring and will be moved along slowly. Finally, tackle Ben Ijalana was slowly worked back into team drills as well splitting some reps with Kelvin Beachum.