The new guys put a new wrinkle in the Jets’ offense.
LaDainian Tomlinson and Santonio Holmes had standout
performances in New York’s scrimmage Saturday night for an offense
that quarterback Mark Sanchez says is ”big play by
”That offense is much better, and I think it’s going to be
great for our team,” coach Rex Ryan said. ”We’re going to be able
to beat you in several different ways this year.”
The Jets led the NFL in rushing last season, using a
ground-and-pound approach. By adding Tomlinson and Holmes to a
group of receivers that includes Jerricho Cotchery, Braylon
Edwards, Brad Smith, Laveranues Coles and tight end Dustin Keller,
Sanchez will have plenty of targets.
”I think that’s going to be the fun part: game-planning for the
defense and also trying to figure out how to get everybody the ball
because they all can do so much,” Sanchez said. ”The right mix
will be a perfect formula for this offense.”
Ryan said the offense outperformed the defense in the 67-minute
practice in front of 9,500, and Tomlinson and Holmes were a major
”It’s hard to put into words,” Tomlinson said when asked about
how good the offense could be. ”But I’ll tell you what: Explosive
is one word that comes to my mind.”
Tomlinson, who signed with New York after nine seasons in San
Diego, took a perfect pass from Sanchez over David Harris and ran
down the sideline for a 70-yard touchdown on the first play.
”That was kind of my plan, just to show people that I can still
play this game,” Tomlinson said. ”I think coming out here, people
are starting to see that I’ve got a lot left in the tank.”
Tomlinson is coming off the worst season of his career after
rushing for 730 yards and averaging 3.3 yards per carry for San
Diego, but feels rejuvenated.
”This guy is, as I call him, the best third-down back in the
league,” Ryan said.
Holmes, acquired from Pittsburgh, had two catches of 20-plus
yards – one each from Sanchez and backup Mark Brunell. The 2009
Super Bowl MVP reported for camp Wednesday after spending time in
the hospital with his son, Santonio III, who had his spleen
”I mean, the guy shows up and he’s making awesome plays from
Day 1,” Sanchez said.
Ryan also raved about Sanchez, who is completely healthy after
offseason knee surgery.
”He’s got a great grasp of our system now, and he’s recognizing
defenses and he’s ready to go,” he said. ”It doesn’t hurt when
you have that corps of receivers that we have.”
NOTES: CB Darrelle Revis missed his sixth day of practices while
in a contract dispute with the team. … Nick Folk missed two field
goals, but Ryan acknowledged that he changed the play schedule, and
the kicker was rushed onto the field. … Wide receiver David
Clowney missed the scrimmage to deal with an undisclosed personal
issue. He also missed practice Friday, but Ryan expects him to
rejoin the team in time for Monday’s practice. The team has no
practice Sunday. … Ryan said the team got through the scrimmage
without injuries – except for defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s
son, Ryan, who had turf toe, and Ryan’s son, Seth, who went up for
a ball with Antonio Cromartie and was hit in the face by the
cornerback. ”No stitches required,” Ryan said. ”He had a little
cut there. Would’ve knocked out most guys, but he hung in there. We
did give him a standing-eight count, though.”