FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Typical slow news day here at the Jets' OTA on Thursday. Darrelle Revis skipped the workout over his contract situation. Nick Mangold said he was considering doing the same thing. Bart Scott played on special teams, and will apparently do that (along with fellow defensive stars Jason Taylor and Antonio Cromartie) during the season.
Oh, and Mark Sanchez was throwing passes.
This last is perhaps the most significant of the day's news, because there's little doubt Revis and Mangold will play -- contracts or no -- once the regular season starts and Scott on special teams is more amusing than anything else. Sanchez is the young man on whom all eyes will be once "Hard Knocks" has cleared out and the Jets' highly anticipated 2010 season begins, and he and his surgically repaired knee are a hot topic already. Sanchez had said he wanted to be a full participant in the team's mandatory June minicamp, which begins in a week and a half, and he's not backing off that.
"If things keep progressing the way they have been, I'm confident I'll be ready to go," Sanchez said after Thursday's practice.
He's a very excited guy, Sanchez. He and coach Rex Ryan spoke a great deal about how much more comfortable Sanchez is in the offense than he was a year ago. Last year, Sanchez said, when he got the play call he had to "say it to myself a few times before I got to the huddle." This year, he says, it's all coming more smoothly and naturally. So obviously, his strong desire is that his body will allow him to be out there taking advantage of this improved comfort and familiarity.
"He's excited," linebacker Bart Scott said. "He's got a lot of new toys to play with, so, he's like a little kid at Christmas. We've got to hold him back for a couple of weeks."
Scott is kidding, but in his joke lies the concern with Sanchez -- and with the Jets, really. All of this that's going on down here is very exciting. The Jets, thanks to January's success and the bold offseason they've had, have reason to be very excited about 2010. But they and everybody else would do well to take a deep breath here and there.
Especially when it comes to Sanchez. It's only June 3, folks. There's plenty of time for Sanchez to get in there and work with LaDanian Tomlinson and Santonio Holmes and all of those "new toys" of which Scott spoke. And while it'd be cool for him to be healthy enough to participate in minicamp, it would be devastating if he weren't healthy enough and tried to anyway.
Everybody take a step back and a deep breath. Let Vladimir Ducasse work his way into the offensive line -- a process that's going to be more difficult than some are letting on. Let the running-back rotation take shape as everybody gets comfortable with one another. Let Shonn Greene go through his own growing pains. Let that Sanchez knee get all the way up to 100 percent before its big tests start.
It's easy and reasonable to be excited about what the Jets will be able to do come September. It's also easy to forget just how far away September is. Mark Sanchez is likely to be fine, but in order to ensure that, he and the Jets need to be extra careful this spring and summer. There's no good reason not to be.