FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- What we learned on Thursday, Day 8 of New York Jets training camp:
1. Antonio Cromartie dislikes Roger Goodell more than Tom Brady: And we know how Cromartie feels about Brady. In a 2010 interview about Brady, Cromartie used a couple of naughty words to describe his feelings about the New England Patriots' quarterback. But when it comes to the mess over the deflated footballs, Cromartie is on Brady's side, claiming the Jets' No. 1 nemesis shouldn't be suspended and that Goodell is "going to make his own rules as he goes." Cromartie made the comments on ESPN's "First Take," reiterating his opinion in a second take -- a post-practice interview with reporters. Cromartie isn't the only Jets' player who feels this way. DeflateGate has created strange bedfellows.
2. Bracing for additional Sheldon punishment: Todd Bowles, appearing on "First Take," said he expects there to be consequences to Sheldon Richardson's recent arrest. Reading between the lines, the Jets anticipate a longer suspension than four games -- Richardson's current ban for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. His fate is in the hands of Goodell, which is interesting. Shifting gears from his earlier criticism of Goodell, Cromartie said he expects a fair outcome to the Richardson situation: "It will be handled the right way." How can he be so sure? "Prayers," Cromartie said.
3. Brandon Marshall has a Jay Cutler fixation: Five months removed from the Chicago Bears, Marshall continues to tweak his former quarterback and former team. It's only natural for traded players to harbor feelings about their old team -- we get it -- but this has reached the expiration date. A few hours after his "First Take" comments, Marshall vowed to reporters he's done talking about Cutler. For his sake, you hope so. His current teammates will start to look at him sideways if he continues to harp on the past. From all indications, he's fitting in nicely with the Jets. Keeping the peace is important.
4. Mo still smarting: Muhammad Wilkerson (hamstring) sat out for a third consecutive day. He hasn't been ruled out of the preseason opener in seven days, according to Bowles. They still have three practices before they head to Detroit to face the Lions. Speaking of sore hamstrings, wide receiver DeVier Posey returned to full team drills.
5. Just blitz, baby: Bowles' defense, known for its high percentage of blitzes last season in Arizona, cranked up the heat. Unofficially, the defense registered five sacks in team drills -- two by Trevor Reilly and one apiece by Quinton Coples, David Harris and Joe Mays. Geno Smith was sacked twice, as was Ryan Fitzpatrick. On one blitz, Smith made a nice read and found Marshall in single coverage on the outside, lofting a pretty touch pass to him for a long completion.
6. Geno on a roll: Smith made it through another practice without an interception. That makes no interceptions in seven practices, if you're scoring at home. On Thursday, he completed 9 of 13 passes. So far, the so-called quarterback competition hasn't been a competition at all. It has been all Smith, but let's see how he performs when the games start. The only interception was thrown by rookie Bryce Petty, a throw to the left sideline that was picked off by Darrin Walls and returned for a touchdown.
7. Rolling with the punches: Veteran defensive end Kevin Vickerson (hamstring) remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list, but he has found a way to stay active on the sideline: boxing. He laced up a couple of gloves and worked out with a staff member, punching away at padded gloves. It's a great way to stay in shape while working on hand speed, which is so vital for defensive linemen. Maybe Vickerson was inspired by the presence of noted boxing trainer and analyst Teddy Atlas, who made an appearance at camp.