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AM Practice report: "The Catch"

On Friday morning, the New York Jets ran a live goal-line drill for the second time in training camp. This time, they used some deception, and it resulted in a memorable play.

QB Mark Sanchez used a play-action fake and rolled to his right. His No. 1 option was covered, so he kept rolling. And rolling. Finally, he saw TE Dustin Keller open in the back of the end zone. Sanchez showed a quick release, throwing an off-balance bullet to Keller. Touchdown.

Sound familiar? It was kind of like Joe Montana-to-Dwight Clark in the 1981 NFC Championship Game. Okay, Sanchez didn't as far to the right as Montana, and Keller didn't have to make a leaping, fingertip catch, but, hey, it was vaguely similar.

On the next play, the first-team offense scored again, no doubt denting the pride of the swagger-licious defense. This time, LaDainian Tomlinson took an inside handoff and leaped over the pile and into the end zone. The offense went nuts, applauding their success.

There wasn't a heavy concentration of passing in the morning, but Sanchez did finish 4-for-4, throwing all underneat stuff. He hit WR Braylon Edwards on a couple of quick-hitters.

Other notes:

1. Rookie Vlad Ducasse worked with the first team, as he continued to rotate with Matt Slauson.

2. Tomlinson got most of the first-team reps at running back, ahead of Shonn Greene.

3. TE Ben Hartsock, not known for his receiving prowess, made a nice one-handed catch on a pass from Sanchez.

4. LB Josh Mauga made a nice interception on a Mark Brunell pass that was deflected.

5. Nick Folk made four of five FGAs, all inside 41. There was one aborted kick, thanks to a mishandled snap by T.J. Conley.