Early Buzz Surrounding Top Training Camp Battles (Bleacher Report)

A little catching up today-first up an article talking about several of the bigger camp battles and where they stand.

Here’s a snippet—you can read the rest at Bleacher Report.

Mark Sanchez vs. Geno Smith, Quarterback, New York Jets

The assumption has been that veteran Mark Sanchez will get one last shot to carry the New York Jets to the playoffs. Rookie Geno Smith is raw, and I was told by someone tied to the Jets that they passed on him in the first round for defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson in part because they felt Smith would need a year on the bench to develop.

So far, though, Smith is proving to be more competition than some gave him credit for.

Yes, Sanchez started camp by getting the majority of the snaps with the first team, but head coach Rex Ryan has said each will get equal time there.

Smith has impressed with his long accuracy while with the first team and mentioned how important it was for a rookie to get a chance against a first-team defense. While Sanchez has been consistent, Smith has had more big plays.

Of course, the stat everyone looks at is interceptions, and while Sanchez has turned the ball over, Smith went the first three practices without a turnover. As Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports, Smith still has a ways to go in terms of blitz pickup and pre-snap reads.

Overall, though, he’s done a good job—a sentiment echoed by Brian Bassett and Corey Griffin of SNY’s The Jets Blog in this video.

The competition is far from over, but so far it appears as if the rookie is impressing. We know what Mark Sanchez can do—we’ve seen it for four years.

The upside of Geno Smith could tempt the Jets coaching staff to roll the dice on the rookie and see what he can do instead.

There’s a lot more, so make sure you head to the full article—and as always thanks for reading (I’ll be posting more later).

 

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Predicting the Biggest Potential Preseason Roster Cut at Every Position (Bleacher Report)

Good morning!
Back again today with a new piece at Bleacher Report: Predicting the Biggest Potential Preseason Roster Cut at Every Position.

Not all of them are “big” but hey, there’s only so much you can do to work with a title.

Here’s a sampling—as always you can read the whole thing at B/R.

Offensive Line: Derek Sherrod, Green Bay Packers

When Getty Images only has one picture of you since you’ve joined the NFL, that’s a bad sign.

After Derek Sherrod’s rookie season, cut short by a broken leg, the young tackle hasn’t seen the field. Worse, he’s been placed on the PUP list to start training camp, according to Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

That’s not good, especially not a year-and-a-half after the initial injury.

As decimated as the Packers offensive line was again last year, if he was even remotely healthy he would have played. That he’s either still being handled with kid gloves (best-case scenario) or still too hurt to practice (worst-case scenario) is alarming and a bad sign.

It’s safe to assume if he doesn’t see the field in camp, he may see an injury settlement and the waiver wire.

There’s three for every position, so check the whole thing out.

I’ll have a video up at BR later as well, so stay tuned.

And as always, thanks for coming by.

Jets Fans Should Not Rush to Judge GM John Idzik Based on Garrard & Goodson

Posted this today at Bleacher Report, where you can read the whole thing.

Here’s a little sample:

The Jets are done.

Fold up the tents kids. Destroy Florham Park. Burn the training facility to the ground and sow the seeds so nothing will ever be grown again.

At least, that’s how it sounds if you listen to the media and a segment of “running off the cliff” Jets fans. Newly minted GM John Idzik is a failure or at least having a terrible offseason.

To which I say, nonsense.

Sure, anonymous scouts will tell ESPN the Jets failed to do their due diligence on Mike Goodson, but what were the Jets supposed to find?

Nothing, because until he was arrested this May there was nothing to find.

As I said, you can read the rest at Bleacher Report……

Thanks for checking in!