CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Day 2 of the Jets training camp is about to start, although this one won’t be in pads. These touch-football practices feel a little like organized team activities, but they are building up to contact in a few days.
Meantime, there are a few storylines worth watching.
Role call: The Jets are hoping to get newly-signed pass-rusher Jason Babin on the field. He could make a big impact for a Rex Ryan defense, but first he has to get into a Jets uniform and introduce himself to the defensive line. Tight end Jeff Cumberland has also been absent for personal reasons, and he could be back.
Tweak or more? Chris Ivory missed reps on Thursday and Ryan later said it was because the running back had, “a little bit of a hamstring, but he’s fine,” Ryan said. If this sounds familiar, it is. Ivory missed a portion of early camp last season for the same thing.
Geno takes two: Can Geno Smith put together two solid days of practice to start his second season? Receiver David Nelson said this was Smith’s team, but Ryan wasn’t quite ready to agree. Smith is getting the reps, now he needs to work on hearts and minds, and a starting title that eluded him all last season.