The Jets' three-day minicamp is in the books. Let's take a look at three positives and three negatives, not counting contract disputes:
1. Mark Sanchez is back. He wasn't particularly sharp, but that was to be expected after a four-month layoff. For the Jets, the important thing is that he participated fully in five practices (three minicamp and two OTAs) over the last eight days with seemingly no problems with his surgically repaired knee. He was able to plant hard on the knee, slide in the pocket and throw on the run. His accuracy was off, but let's not nit-pick. His mere presence on the field provided an emotional lift as the team heads into six weeks of down time before training camp.
2. Secondary depth. The Jets have so many defensive backs that the coaching staff is mulling a funky scheme in which eight (yes, eight) DBs are on the field at the same time. Former San Diego Charger Antonio Cromartie was slowed a bit by a sore hamstring and hip, but his man-to-man skills were evident. As OLB Jason Taylor noted, "I tell you what, having two corners like Revis and Cromartie, there's a lot we can do up front." Rookie CB Kyle Wilson impressed with his studious demeanor and CB Dwight Lowery made several big plays, as did new S Brodney Pool.
3. Playmakers at receiver. You don't want to place too much emphasis on non-contact drills in June, but you can't deny the improved talent at wide receiver. Braylon Edwards capped a positive offseason with a strong minicamp, earning rave reviews from coaches and teammates. The same could be said for newcomer Santonio Holmes, who made a few acrobatic catches. Holmes and Edwards, both X receivers (split ends) for much of their careers, are learning the Z (flanker) and F (slot) positions. That will add versatility to the passing offense.
1. Kicking themselves. PK Nick Folk, whom the Jets signed to replace the reliable Jay Feely, was inconsistent throughout the camp and the entire offseason. On Wednesday, working by himself in the new stadium, he missed three straight FGs from 42 yards. For a team like the Jets, who like to play low-scoring, defensive games, it's imperative to have a consistent kicker. Folk has a strong leg, that is clear, but the rollercoaster act isn't going to fly in the preseason.
2. D-Line depth. NT Kris Jenkins, coming off major knee surgery, made it back and participated in team drills -- a positive -- but there's still a lack of depth on the line. They have Jenkins, Shaun Ellis, Mike DeVito and Sione Pouha, but there isn't much experience past the top four. Taylor, a hybrid pass rusher, could be a part-time lineman in certain schemes, but he's recovering from shoulder surgery and didn't do anything of significance in the minicamp or OTAs. He's expected to be ready for training camp, but you have to wonder, at age 35, how much he has left. Adalius Thomas, an old Rex Ryan favorite from Baltimore, still is a free agent. He, too, is a hybrid.
3. Quarterback depth. After Sanchez, it's shaky. Kellen Clemens is what he is, which is why the Jets are looking to sign veteran Mark Brunell in late July. But would Brunell, almost 40, be a good insurance policy? Neither Erik Ainge nor Kevin O'Connell stepped up in minicamp. In fact, over the last two days, multi-purpose threat Brad Smith actually got more reps at quarterback than Ainge and O'Connell.
This and That: Sanchez went 5-for-9 in team drills ... Revis made a nice pass break-up on WR Jerricho Cotchery, closing quickly for the deflection ... Ryan on the team's chances in 2010: "We're loaded as a football team. I keep going back to what my dad said: 'Just don't mess it up.'" ... Cromartie intercepted a long pass from Clemens ... At the end of practice, a plane flew over the stadium with a banner that read, "Happy birthday, Jerricho - Mercedes." That's his wife ... Cotchery ran a fade route on Wilson, beating the No. 1 pick for a 6-yard TD. Later, Cotchery had a rare drop.