HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- What we learned on Sunday night, Day 25 of New York Jets training camp:
1. Is there a Hofstra jinx? A long time ago -- 2001, to be exact -- the Jets lost a talented rookie to a serious knee injury while practicing in the Hofstra University football stadium. It was wide receiver Santana Moss, and he wound up missing most of his rookie year. The Jets hope it didn't happen again Sunday night, when rookie linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin left practice with a knee injury. Todd Bowles didn't provide any details, except to say Mauldin limped to the locker room during the early portion of practice. The field surface at Hofstra is a lot better than it was in 2001 -- it's FieldTurf -- but bad stuff can happen anywhere at any time. Just ask Jordy Nelson and the Green Bay Packers. Mauldin is having a decent camp. Even the untrained eye can see his athleticism, but he still has a long way to go in terms of learning his assignments.
2. Injuries mounting at wide receiver: Do you want the good news or the bad news first? OK, we'll start with the good news. Chris Owusu, recovering from a concussion, practiced in the red, non-contact jersey. That means he's close to being cleared for contact. Owusu was having a nice camp before the injury, so it'll be interesting to watch him as he returns. The bad news: It doesn't sound like Jeremy Kerley (concussion) or Shaquelle Evans (sprained back) will be back anytime soon. Kerley is "still moving slow," according to Bowles, who said he doesn't expect Kerley to play against the New York Giants. Evans is "day-to-day, week-to-week," per Bowles -- whatever that means. My interpretation: Don't expect to see him against the Giants.
3. Still growing pains on offense: Instead of a routine practice, the Jets held a controlled, non-contact scrimmage. Once again, the Ryan Fitzpatrick-led offense experienced a few hiccups, as it did in Friday night's win over the Atlanta Falcons. Unofficially, Fitzpatrick completed 4 of 8 passes, plus a sack. One of the completions, a 40-yard touchdown to Brandon Marshall, could've been ruled a sack. It's always a judgment call in these type of practices. It was the most exciting play of the night, so who are we to spoil the fun? The point is, the offense remains a work in progress. The upcoming game against the Giants will be an important test.
4. Looking at the other Harrison: The big-name Harrison on the Jets is nose tackle Damon Harrison. They also have rookie guard Jarvis Harrison, a fifth-round pick from Texas A&M. It has been a quiet camp for him, but he got a chance to practice with the second-team line, behind Willie Colon and ahead of Brian Winters at right guard. What are we to make of this? Not much, according to Bowles, who said he wanted to rest the "older guys." Is Winters suddenly an older guy? Hmm.
5. The flags were flying: Yes, again. This time, there was a method to the madness. Trying to attack the team's penalty problem, Bowles instructed the officials at practice "to call anything, even if the wind blows" -- meaning ticky-tack penalties. Obviously, he was looking for teaching moments. The Jets had 17 penalties against the Falcons.
6. Long Island loves the Jets: The once-a-summer practice at Hofstra drew more than 11,000 fans, a bigger crowd than the Green & White scrimmage at MetLife Stadium. The Jets still have a devoted fan base on Long Island, their home for 40-plus years until 2008.