Here are some ideas and observations from the primary 4 days of Jets training camp:
1. The dominant storyline, after all, was the absence of Sam Darnold and his contract negotiations with the Jets. I feel the Jets did the correct factor by conceding on among the contract language that Darnold and his agent Jimmy Sexton have been looking for. They didn’t simply dig in and maintain preventing. They made sure to get Darnold into training camp after he missed simply three practices.
In my thoughts, this was a check for Christopher Johnson, who continues to be feeling his means as he fills in for his brother Woody working the staff. Surely, Christopher needed to log out on the concession that the entrance workplace made. Johnson proclaimed Darnold a franchise-changing choose within the spring. It was smart of him to get Darnold within the constructing and keep away from a Joey Bosa-like state of affairs that dragged on for weeks.
2. The Jets’ quarterback state of affairs is probably the most fascinating one I can keep in mind across the staff. Many groups have a rookie draft choose attempting to win the job and a veteran attempting to carry him off. But the Jets also have Teddy Bridgewater, who’s a wild card.
Over the primary few days, Bridgewater has made some throws that make you keep in mind why he was a first-round choose. But he has been inconsistent. That could also be him shaking off the rust or studying the offense. It is simply too early to attract conclusions, however he has not performed something to make me assume he must be forward of Josh McCown on the depth chart but.
3. Leonard Williams has been a wrecking ball in the course of the Jets protection throughout these practices. He appears to always be beating his man and blowing up performs within the backfield. Williams appears extremely motivated as he tries to bounce again from a barely disappointing 2017 season.
4. The Jets have performed a pleasant job of filling the opening left by Muhammad Wilkerson reverse Williams on the road. Both Henry Anderson and Nathan Shepherd have flashed in follow, and that appears like a powerful mixture on the line of defense for the Jets.
5. The early breakout star of training camp is second-year cornerback Derrick Jones. He has always been across the ball. He has intercepted McCown and Bridgewater and tipped a Darnold move Monday that was intercepted by Doug Middleton. Jones principally had a redshirt 12 months in 2017 after the Jets drafted him within the sixth spherical out of Mississippi. Now, he’s rising and may very well be a fourth cornerback this season.