As he dressed at his locker after Tuesday's first practice, Mark Sanchez noticed Santonio Holmes walking by. An hour earlier, Holmes delivered the highlight of the day, a falling, full-extension catch in the end zone on a 35-yard pass by Sanchez.
"Nice average catch," Sanchez called out to Holmes in the locker room, suggesting the throw was better than the catch.
He was joking, of course, an example of Sanchez' self-deprecating sense of humor. Truth is, it was a rough day for the Jets' QB. In 11-on-11 drills, he was 7-for-17, with one interception (S Brodney Pool). During one period, he went 0-for-5. Sanchez was missing high, overthrowing Holmes and TE Dustin Keller.
Redemption in the second practice? Not exactly. As part of the minicamp plan, Sanchez rested his surgically repaired left knee for the second straight afternoon, as he was limited to seven-on-seven drills but no team periods.
Sanchez should be a full participant for Wednesday morning's final minicamp, which will be held at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Something to consider: The Giants practiced on the new field Tuesday, with some players reporting the new turf is unusually soft. Domenik Hixon crumpled to the turf on a punt return when he right knee got caught in the turf, a non-contact injury. The severity isn't known.