FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- What we learned on Wednesday, Day 28 of New York Jets training camp:
1. Bowles prefers gassers, not push-ups: Trying to combat the team's penalty problem (17 in the last game), head coach Todd Bowles instituted a new rule at practice: The team runs gassers if it commits more than five penalties in a practice. And so the players ran sprints Wednesday because they compiled six penalties. Previously, they had to run gassers only twice in camp -- punishment for fighting. Bowles believes the sprints will curtail the number of penalties. Why? "Professional guys don't want to run," he said. Rex Ryan had a different approach, making the players, coaches and staff members do push ups on the field whenever a flag was thrown. Different strokes ...
2. Good news on the linebacker front: Turns out that Calvin Pace (strained groin) didn't suffer a significant injury on Monday. Pace is day-to-day, according to Bowles. He probably won't play Saturday night against the New York Giants -- what's the point? -- giving him ample time to rehab for the season opener. Pace's injury bears watching because he's 34 years old, and soft-tissue injuries tend to linger for the older guys. Trevor Reilly, fighting for a roster spot, is expected to start for Pace.
3. They're playing musical wide receivers: You'll see a lot of receivers in the mix on Saturday night, especially with Chris Owusu (concussion) and Shaquelle Evans (back) expected to play. The Jets have some tough decisions to make, so look for Quincy Enunwa, TJ Graham and DeVier Posey to get a good run. Jeremy Kerley (concussion) and rookie Devin Smith (ribs) are out.
4. Almost ready to name starters: Some coaches believe in finalizing their opening-day lineup for the third preseason game, creating a dress rehearsal-type feel. Bowles said most of the starting jobs are set, but "some of them still have to prove themselves and get a lot more playing time this week." He didn't want to name names, but the hunch here is that he's referring to his youngest would-be starters. He's kind of an old-school coach that way, not wanting to anoint players before they've paid their dues. In that respect, I suspect he'll be studying rookie defensive end Leonard Williams and safety Calvin Pryor, who missed the second game because of a death in his family. The right guard competition is over. Truth be told, it never began. Willie Colon took control from the outset.
5. They didn't offer Osi a contract: On Wednesday, Osi Umenyiora signed a one-day contract so he could retire as a member of the Giants. Good for him; he had a terrific career. In his news conference, he noted that he received an offer from an undisclosed team on Tuesday. It reportedly was the Jets. Here's what I heard: On Tuesday, the Jets -- compiling a short list of available outside linebackers -- reached out to Umenyiora's reps to clarify his playing status. Obviously, the Jets are hurting at outside linebacker, but I don't think it was a case of them trying to talk him out of retirement. They ended up signing an undrafted free agent named Byron Johnson who was cut by the Buffalo Bills in June.