Plaxico Burress was in pads and caught passes for the first time today as a Jet, but Rex Ryan kept him out of team drills for the third straight practice after the new wide receiver rolled his ankle last Wednesday.
In a long-sleeved green shirt under his No. 17, Burress was 4-for-5 with Mark Sanchez in individual drills. He was not speedy in his routes, which probably had a lot to do with the trainers’ concern that he reinjure the ankle. There's more on that here.
Toward the end of practice, newly arrived wide receiver Derrick Mason walked over and started chatting with Jets owner Woody Johnson. He then joined his new teammates. He spoke afterwards about wanting to win a Super Bowl with the Jets.
Notable catches: Dustin Keller and Santonio Holmes impressed the 3,561 in attendance with their catches, mostly in the 1-on-1 receiver-defender drills. Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson also spent some time on the sidelines.
Mark Sanchez made a visitor to Florham Park very happy when he scampered out of bounds and then handed the ball off to a fan.
S Jim Leonhard participated in team drills for the first time this season. He had surgery after a tibia fracture that required surgery last season and spent the offseason rehabbing.
Bait and Tackle: Emanuel Cook grabbed a pass intended for rookie WR Jeremy Kerley and ran it back a bit only to find quarterback Greg McElroy there with an attempted tackle. Unusal move, but he’s a rookie.
DT Marcus Dixon left the field with what looked like a left hand injury.
Jets and Cuts: The team cut LB Cody Brown and TE Collin Franklin, and signed Mason, LS Wilson Raynor, TE Keith Zinger.