With a massive thunderstorm booming over Florham Park (fitting based on how the day turned out), Thursday's practice was a little disjointed after players moved inside and players weren't available as normal. Regardless, here's some impressions we had about the Jets first day of camp.
I think Brandon Marshall might not be human -- I don't know how else to say it so I'm just going to put it out there. Brandon Marshall is a specimen at receiver unlike any I've seen on the Jets. Braylon Edwards might be a close second, but Edwards was more sinewy than sculpted like Marshall. When I see "6 foot 4, 230 pounds" next to Marshall's name on some website I think, "yeah, yeah whatever" ... but when I saw him on the practice field next to other receivers? Simply put, he looks like a super hero. His height, tree-trunk legs, speed and physicality he brings to this team have already stood out to me after just one day. With the other players around him, he looks like a player who is going to have a very good year for a Jets receiver. But here's the wild thing: like any other apex predator with astounding physical gifts, Marshall also possesses this sleepy lion-like quality which flips on just as soon as he's done running his route or taking a scrimmage rep. I am not saying that in a bad way, it's actually quite enthralling. After he would burst off the snap, run his crossing route and leap to catch a pass, he sauntered back to his group of receivers, took off his helmet, serenely mopped his face and crouched on the turf while he watched others take their turn. Marshall seems like a bundle of explosive energy coiled and waiting to pounce ... I get the feeling he's going to make this receiving corps so much fun to watch this season.
Yukking it up -- Back in June, a lot was made about Antonio Cromartie's microphone-stealing moment when he put the question to fellow corner Dee Milliner about his status with the team. If what I saw today on the sidelines has any bearing, I don't get the sense that there's a rivalry there but more of a camaraderie. Milliner, Darrelle Revis, Cromartie and Buster Skrine all knelt on the sideline laughing and joking while the twos and threes practiced. I don't know what the fellas said, but Milliner had the biggest smile of the group and Revis and Cromartie were in stitches. I don't see any animosity in this group, just a group of talented players happy to be together.
Quarterblahhh -- While there were definitely some highlight moments for the Jets quarterbacks today, there were also a number of missed connections between quarterbacks and receivers. That's all normal on the first day of camp. I don't recall any interceptions but there were some passes defended and dropped balls by receivers due to concentrations issues by the receiver or placement from the quarterback. Geno is the guy taking most of the first team reps so far and it looks like it will stay that way for the foreseeable future ... and based on some of the rust that Ryan Fitzpatrick seems to be knocking off from his injury recovery it's for the best for now.