East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium was filled with the sight of green and white as the New York Jets held their annual Green and White Practice/Scrimmage. Fans of Gang Green flocked to witness what their team had to show. There were some good moments as well as some not-so-good moments, but there were several key moments that stood out during this practice:
1) Jets make Young Fan’s Dream Come True
At this point, every team in every sport have gone out of their way to make the dream of a young fan who is battling an illness come true, but it’s so special that you can’t help but feel good when you see a moment like it happen. During the practice, the Jets made a young fan’s experience one to remember for life. 10-year-old Jesse Pallas from Miller Place, Long Island was diagnosed with Acute Lyphoblastic Leukemia in 2011. He went into remission in spring 2016, but still deals with serious medical conditions such as bone loss and brain swelling. The Jets were made aware of Pallas’ condition thanks to the Marty Lyons Foundation. Not only did the Jets give Jesse and his family tickets to the Jets’ home opener on September 24 against the Miami Dolphins, but they also allowed him to go onto the field during 11-on-11 drills and take a handoff from Josh McCown. Jesse ran the ball 50 yards for a touchdown, which the team celebrated with him. Here’s a video capturing the moment, courtesy of the New York Jets Twitter page:
Diagnosed with leukemia in 2011 and now in remission…
10-year-old Jesse P. just took a handoff 50 yds to the house! pic.twitter.com/IytBR8KM1m
— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 6, 2017
2) Enunwa and Coleman Leave Practice Early
The one thing a team worries about seeing is their players go down with injuries, especially during training camp. The Jets worst fears came true when Quincy Enunwa laid down on the ground and the trainers came to his aid. Enunwa was trying to catch a pass from Christian Hackenberg when he fell on his neck. The Jets halted practice and the fans held their breath, hoping Enunwa was okay. He got up and walked to the locker room, but fans could tell there was something wrong by his walk. According to head coach Todd Bowles, Enunwa had a similar “non-serious neck injury in spring”, but didn’t comment of the severity of this injury. Jets nation can only hope the injury isn’t severe, as losing Enunwa would be a huge blow to the season.
In addition, rookie cornerback Xavier Coleman also went down with an injury. During 11-on-11 drills, Coleman fell to the ground, grasping his right knee. With some assistance from trainers, Coleman went back to the locker room. Coleman was having a solid training camp, so this injury could cause him to miss some time.
3) McCown Building Momentum Towards Preseason Game 1 vs Titans
With no clear starting quarterback for the Jets, Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg, and Bryce Petty must find ways to out due each other. McCown shined among the three quarterbacks, throwing two touchdown passes, a 55-yard pass to Chris Harper and a 5-yard pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, on the night. However, McCown’s performance wasn’t perfect, as he threw an interception to Marcus Maye that was returned for a touchdown, but it stood out compared to Hackenberg, who threw one touchdown to Jordan Leggett, and Petty, who didn’t throw a touchdown pass. McCown understands how important the momentum he’s building is heading towards the first preseason game next Saturday.
“Those are always things you can build off of and look for those things as a competitor. As an athlete, you look for the positive moments to build momentum and for me to come out here an couple of those tonight was good.”
Injuries to Enunwa and Coleman will be the topic of discussion on Monday when the Jets return to Florham Park. Be sure to check back to JetsInsider for further updates as well as recaps from the day’s training camp.
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