BY MANISH MEHTA
CORTLAND – The morning after Mark Sanchez said that he was in “attack mode” entering training camp, the fourth-year quarterback outshined backup Tim Tebow on the first day of practice.
Sanchez led an offense that looked crisp on the first day of practice, setting the tone with a 40-yard bomb to rookie Stephen Hill on the first play of 11-on-11 team drills. Hill made a diving grab off a deflection from Darrelle Revis.
Tony Sparano gave a sneak peek of his style by calling plenty of plays to stretch the field. The offense looked much crisper than it did during minicamp last month.
“Exactly what we wanted,” Sanchez said after practice. “The pace, the tempo, the excitement. That was perfect. Exactly what Coach Sparano was preaching to us last night.” “Exactly what we wanted,” Sanchez said after practice. “The pace, the tempo, the excitement. That was perfect. Exactly what Coach Sparano was preaching to us last night.”
So, what exactly what was Sparano’s message?
“We’re going to be physical as all get out,” left guard Matt Slauson relayed.
Tebow completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley that was nullified due to a false start penalty.
"I felt like it went really well as an offense," Tebow said. "I felt like we did some really good things. I felt pretty good about how I played out there. All of us got a long way to go, including myself... As an offense we made strides. As an individual, I made strides."
In all, Sanchez finished 7 for 8 with 16 snaps with the first team. (he threw an interception to Revis in 7-on-7 drills). Tebow went 4 for 5 with 12 snaps (including two rushes for 15 yards) with the second team.
The Jets apparently have a competition at left guard. Incumbent Matt Slauson, who proclaimed himself 100 percent healthy from off-season shoulder surgery, rotated at LG with Vlad Ducasse during practice. Slauson, who also took some reps at right tackle, assumes there’s a competition now at left guard.
Jeff Otah, who is in limbo until he passes his physical, said that he’s “close… almost there” physically. The Jets acquired Otah from the Panthers for a conditional seventh-round pick provided that he passes a physical within seven days. Otah said that he expects to compete for the starting right tackle spot with Wayne Hunter if healthy. Otah worked with trainers on the field on Friday.
Nick Folk made all four of his field goal attempts. Josh Brown, who is expected to push him, made 2 of 4 tries. (He missed a 42 and 44-yarder, but made two from 50+ yards).
Keyshawn Johnson paid a visit to practice and held court with reporters after practice.
Safety LaRon Landry, who was taken off the PUP list on Thursday, was in uniform, but only worked out with the trainers.
Rookie linebacker Demario Davis worked with trainers after suffering a hamstring injury during his conditioning test on Thursday.
Rookie offensive lineman Robert Griffin left practice early after limping off with the trainer.