The New York Jets kicked off their 2013 Minicamp today, with practices also set for tomorrow and Thursday. Kellen Winslow Jr. made an appearance, and some players jumped out with big performances. It is still too early to get overly excited about practice performances, but there were some notable happenings at minicamp today, which was open to season ticket holders. Tomorrow's practice is a true open session.
The defense ruled the day for the New York Jets at minicamp today, which is far from a surprise. The defensive is expected to be the stronger of the two units this season, plus the offense is still learning a new system under Marty Mornhinweg, all while missing some of their top wide receivers in Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley.
Antonio Allen, who showed plenty of ability when given the chance last season, recorded a sack while outside linebacker Ricky Sapp tallied two sacks. The disappointing development is that there's still plenty of talk about the inability of the wide receivers to make catches expected to be completed at the NFL level, though the aforementioned absences have an impact in that department. On the bright side, Kellen Winslow Jr. grabbed two receptions during team drills.
The obligatory quarterback update isn't a surprise, either. Mark Sanchez took the first team reps with rookie Geno Smith working with the second team. Neither quarterback was overly impressive. Given the lack of professional receivers, new offense and a strong defense on the other side, nothing to get too worried about at this point.
Today's session was well-attended, open to Jets season ticket holders. Tomorrow's session will be open to the public and should also feature a nice turnout as the Jets continue to get reps with their schemes and take a close look at their roster.