Sanchez, new stars shine for Jets in scrimmage

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.”