Wallace Wright — first MVP
After making a few really beautiful catches in practice, including a 15-yard slant from Mark Sanchez, the Jets chanted wide receiver Wallace Wright’s name. It was a good start for Wright, who is competing with David Clowney, Chansi Stuckey and Brad Smith to nab Laveranues Coles‘ starting spot opposite Jerricho Cotchery.
Here’s audio of Wright in the locker room, the players chanting his name while he’s talking are Dustin Keller and Stanley Daniels, among others.
There’s a lot going on today at the Jets practice facility in Florham Park. Woody Johnson and Rex Ryan‘s father (and former Jets coach) Buddy Ryan were on hand. I’ll have more on this later but the senior Ryan had the quote of the day when he followed his son at the podium this afternoon. He said he watched the practice and was impressed by the defensive and the offensive lines his son is working with.
“I think you damn near guarantee yourself a Super Bowl if they stay healthy,” Buddy Ryan said.
Clearly, Rex Ryan’s verbal confidence is genetic.
The quarterbacks both threw some good passes. Sanchez seemed to do better with the reads, but Clemens is still quicker and more efficient with four years in the system. Sanchez was intercepted by S Eric Smith.
Jets signed LB Craig Kobel a free agent and cut LB Nate Harris and DL Brian Schaefering.
Leon Washington addressed reporters for the first time since coming back to the team. He said he wanted to be a fair value for his contributions, whether the NFL and NFL Players Association amend the collective bargaining agreement or don’t. The running back missed about three weeks and was upfront about why he returned. He missed it.
He said the Jets and his agent had a discussion and agreed that Washington was worth more, and he is back as part of a good faith negotiation. Washington didn’t back away from the possibility that he would hold out during training camp if his contract situation isn’t resolved.
The afternoon practice starts at 3:45 and is open to the public. The morning’s was called due to rain but the skies around here are pretty clear for now.