Thousands Come To See Jets At Hofstra

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Thousands Come To See Jets At Hofstra

Over six thousand fans came out to Hofstra University this evening to see the Jets' training camp practice session at their former facility. I am sure it would have been even more if not for the rain earlier and the overcast sky. Luckily, the weather did not spoil the Gang Green's one and only visit to Long Island this year.

The Jets were missing quite a few starters. As we had known beforehand, NT Kris Jenkins (calf), C NIck Mangold (knee), CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and OT Damien Woody (head) were injured, Woody didn't even appear to be present. OG Alan Faneca was also on the sideline, and as we learned later, he would miss the Rams' game as well due to a broken finger.

Now, onto the practice session that was preceded by the first ever performance of the 2009 Jets Flight Crew. QB Mark Sanchez and RB Leon Washington were the two players who received the most applause from the fans when they came out. It wasn't also hard to notice the striking difference between the crowd at Hofstra and what I had seen earlier this month in Cortland. The Long Island fans were much more lively and into what was happening on the field. Rex Ryan's autograph session before the practice even started surely helped the matter.

QB Kellen Clemens took all of his reps with the first team and failed to impress. Clemens did not complete a single pass for over 10 yards, got sacked twice by S Kerry Rhodes and LB Bart Scott, and would have been sacked at least one more time if this was a real game. QB Mark Sanchez fared much better tonight, but keep in mind that he was facing backups. In his first outing the rookie quarterback connected with his favorite target, WR Wallace Wright, who caught a short pass and turned it into a first down. The best play was probably a few minutes later when Sanchez avoided a sure sack, threw a short completion to WR David Clowney who just flew past everyone to the end zone. Clowney also showed very good hands on quite a few occasions tonight.

Backup quarterbacks Erik Ainge and Chris Pizzotti took all the snaps in the second half of the session, including some against the first team defense. Pizzotti threw two interceptions, while Ainge once again looked pretty decent and connected a couple of times with WR Marcus Henry.

Check out pictures from this practice session (39 total).

Tags: training camp, mark sanchez, leon washington, kellen clemens, kris jenkins, hofstra


  • WhiteShoeWillie – 08/12/2009 09:34:54 pm

    I'm starting to get the impression that Clowney needs a crowd to put on a show.

  • Petrozza – 08/12/2009 09:36:11 pm

    If that's the case, he should be a star when regular season begins. But then considering how poorly Jets' ticket sales are going, who knows...

  • NYJ2K09 – 08/12/2009 09:50:11 pm

    He'll be good on the road atleast. Haha sad. Seriously though, awesome report. Can't wait for Friday.

  • DieHardJetsFan60 – 08/12/2009 10:19:36 pm

    I was at Hofstra....great energy tonight! Im pumped!!

  • Petrozza – 08/12/2009 11:17:24 pm

    the crowd was just amazing... posted pics of a few who stood out the most around me

  • FlashGordon – 08/13/2009 12:07:59 am

    Great Pics!! Thanks Petro!!

  • Hemi – 08/13/2009 12:12:16 pm

    Great report as always.

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