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August 16, 2012

 

Jets fans get one last camp glimpse

Get to see Cromartie get TD catch and pick

JetsBob Ellis/staff photographer
Antonio Cromartie beats cornerback Julian Posey (21) to pull in a pass during Wednesday morning’s New York Jets practice.

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

Under overcast skies, fans came out Wednesday for the final public look at the New York Jets on the SUNY Cortland campus.
The threat of rain may have kept the size of the crowd down for the final session, but the spirits were high on the field and the sun even made an appearance before the end of the morning.
It was a busy day for Antonio Cromartie, who caught a pass from Tim Tebow on offense as a wide receiver and then picked off a Mark Sanchez pass intended for Dexter Jackson in his normal cornerback position on defense.
Starting quarterback Sanchez threw an earlier pick as a ball intended for Jeff Cumberland went off the tight end’s fingers and into the hands of rookie safety Josh Bush — who is seeing more reps with the first team with LaRon Landry sitting out team drills.
For the day, Sanchez went 9-for-13 with those two picks and three sacks.
Tebow finished 4-for-9 with one pick and one sack.
As for the kickers, Nick Folk was 4-for-5, missing a 53-yarder. Josh Brown was 3-for-4 with a miss from 48 yards.
With a nod to Jenny Vrentas from The Star Ledger in Newark, N.J., here are the total camp numbers for the two kickers. Not counting closed to news media evening walk-throughs and the Cincinnati pre-season game, Folk is 51-for-54 kicking at camp while Brown is 42-for-53.
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HOLMES MISSING: One guy who has not had the training camp he had hoped for is wide receiver Santonio Holmes. The seventh-year man out of The Ohio State University had a good first week of camp, but injured his ribs during the Green-White scrimmage and has been limited in what he can do on the field since.
Wednesday he was getting treatment in the trainer’s room during practice for back tightness.
After all the turmoil at the end of the off-season, Holmes has worked hard to change his perceived image and is looking to become a leader and mentor to the very young Jets receiving corp.
“Everything really pays off in the end,” Holmes said. “Being a seven-year vet, learning from the things (recently retired Steelers receiver) Hines Wards taught me in the first four years spent at Pittsburgh and learning how to share that with the young guys making the transition into the NFL.
“Guys get drafted, others are free agents, it really doesn’t matter where you came from, it matters what you put on tape for these coaches to see and believe that you can be who you want to be and be part of this team. The more I teach, the more it helps me learn from the mistakes the young guys make and it helps build character amongst myself and the team. I love the guys that are here on this team right now. Everything is going great.”
After the condensed training camp of 2011, the frustrations Holmes has due to the injury are taking a toll. It has also given him insight.
“Not having training camp last year the way we expected to and just being at the facility, we did not have the team camaraderie that we possess this year. I think all the fighting and things you guys (news media) are seeing on tape are just building our character,” he said. “It shows that, during training camp, these type of things occur and our focus is now taking it out on the next opponent. The more guys we continue to keep healthy, the more the coaches believe in what we have in the system. We have to put it to working about two more weeks from now.”
“When the opportunity comes for the young guys to get reps, you’ve got to take them. Granted, the coaches want to see the starters and the veterans, the guys who have been around a while to display what they can do on tape for the young guys to see. You want to teach them how to practice, how to become professionals. It goes a long way when you get an opportunity to show the young guys how it gets. It gives the coaches something to see and that they believe these young guys can get the job done when a starter goes down.”
In his previous appearance in Cortland in 2010, Holmes arrived late because his then 8-year-old son was having some surgery. Holmes also had a foundation called the III and Long Foundation, which helps raise awareness of sickle cell and raise money to donate to the Sickle Cell Disease Association.
“I’m looking forward to this year’s bowling event at Chelsea Piers in New York,” Holmes said. “We can get more fans involved and more kids with sickle cell involved. The turnout has been getting better. There are more teammates coming out and getting involved.
“As for my son, he is learning football now,” he reported. “He’s joined the Vikings (youth) football team down in Georgia. He’s loving it. He is talking about his little injuries he is suffering. He’s learning how to play the game and accepting the fact that these injuries occur, but the more you work and the harder you work, the better things pay off for you.”
There’s nothing better than a proud father.
“No question,” says Holmes. “He’s got a lot of living to do and there is so much to look forward to.”
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DEFENSIVE TALK: Linebacker Bart Scott addressed what the defense learned from the Cincinnati game.
“Great teaching tape,” Scott said. “We did some good things, we did some bad things. I know it sounds cliché, but when you look at the film, it’s all technique issues and things like that where you’re really not used to bending in your pads.
“Whenever you come in (to the first preseason game) your pad level is high, you know the game is a little faster than what it has normally been,” he continued. “When you get to the second preseason game it slows down, you work on the techniques and the mistakes that you had the game before, you’re communication is different. When you get to a season, you’re going to tighten your game plan down. You’re going to game plan, and look at the opponent, and have an idea of what kind of offense they run.
“Our first two (preseason) games we go into it totally blind,” he added, the Jets to face the New York Giants this Saturday night. “I don’t know how other teams do it but we don’t watch film on the other team. So we go out there and we force ourselves to react, just doing our rules and playing our techniques.”
Another linebacker, Calvin Pace, talked about where the 2012 Jets are defensively heading into the Giants game.
“We’re looking good as usual, we’re fine” Pace replied. “I like the direction that we’re going in terms of everybody doing their part. It’s practice, I mean it’s tough to judge things until you get into some game action and this week right here, playing the Giants, will be a good test for us. They’re a good physical team. You know Eli’s (Eli Manning) pedigree, he’s one of the best doing it right now. They have a good receiving corps, so I think it’s a good game for where we are in the preseason and I’m looking forward to it.
“The young guys we have, hopefully they understand they’re not counted on to go out and put up these ridiculous numbers,” he added. “Just kind of do your part, make your plays. I mean we have enough guys, enough depth to where these guys aren’t asked to be the savior, so to say. I think Q (Quinton Coples) had a great start against Cincinnati. We have some young safeties who made some mistakes, but I like where they’re going. Guys like (Kenrick) Ellis. I think will have a big part in our defense, but he didn’t necessarily have a chance last year. So we’re coming along.”
Darrelle Revis talked about the secondary as a unit, who is standing out, and then critiques his camp as the team’s time in Cortland winds down.
“I think we can be very good,” Revis said. “We have a lot of experience. This is my fourth year, this is Cro’s (Antonio Cromartie) third, this is Kyle’s (Wilson) third and then we have LaRon (Landry) back there and Yeremiah (Bell) with a lot of football experience. So, we’re excited, we’re very excited. We want to be a physical secondary and that’s how we want to play.”
Wilson has really impressed Revis.
“I think he’s having the best camp he’s ever had. I told him that the other day,” Revis said. “I told him to just keep on working and getting better and he’s been doing that. I mean, he’s been outstanding out there and you can see it.”
With one day to go, Revis talked about how he thinks he’s doing.
“It’s great,” Revis said. “It’s great to be here. I think the best thing I could say is it’s great to be around my teammates, it really is. To just joke around and have fun and come out here and work, it’s good. Myself, I’m ready to go. I’m ready for the season, ready to do what I do. Just play the best defense I can and help my team win.”

 

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