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New York Jets practice on Wednesday featured active offense, Adam Gase excitement, pick plays and Quinnen Williams the first-teamer.

Robby Sabo

FLORHAM PARK, NJ—Wednesday featured active offense at Florham Park. Of course, it’s impossible to determine just how great the offense performed, until the film is viewed, but young Sam Darnold was slinging it.

On one particular red-zone situation during team sessions, Darnold found Jamison Crowder on an out-route, out of bounds at the 1-yard line. On the very next play, the New York Jets franchise quarterback hit his new slot man for the score on the right side of the end zone.

Josh McDaniels and Tom Brady would have donned a proud smile; it was a pick-play extravaganza (despite the near-side official not throwing the flag).

But hey, if there’s no laundry on the field, there’s no penalty.

“I cannot confirm nor deny,” head coach Adam Gase slyly said when asked if he thought the play constituted an offensive pass interference call.

After Gase was told Crowder admitted it was a pick earlier, he added to his earlier thoughts, yet sort of stuck to his offensive guns.

“It was a good play. It was right on the goal line. I don’t know. We’ve got the real officials out here. They didn’t throw a flag.”

The second-year Californian showcased one of his greatest attributes on Wednesday: his unreal throw-on-the-run ability. As usual, Gase was impressed and continues to bang the No. 14 drum.

“That was a good play. I didn’t know how much longer he was going to hold onto the ball. You start thinking as a coach, you can see everything going on behind, guys chasing after him and you just start thinking, in a real game, of are you going to feel when a guy is too close. He has a good sense. He has a good sense where everybody is. He can feel, he doesn’t necessarily have to see it for him to feel it.

“Just playing him last year, the game that we played up here. You saw it. As a rookie, you start seeing more stuff and it gets tough. Teams try to do different stuff, they try to rattle you, see what they can do and then he finished the season strong. What I’ve seen in the OTAs and training camp and how he commands everything and how he’s learning and how he’s trying to make sure that he knows everything inside and out so he can be the leader that he wants to be. That’s very encouraging for all of us.”

Jamison Crowder, the Weapon

After his solid showing, Crowder explained his purpose in the Gase offense. The man wants to be a weapon.

“I’m just excited to be here, excited to, you know, see him (Darnold) grow, and I’m growing as well … I just want to be a weapon. Somebody that’s reliable. Somebody that’s consisting.”

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Other Camp News & Notes

  • Rookie Quinnen Williams saw first-team reps on Wednesday. In Gregg Williams’s base defense, he served as the first-team nose tackle with Leonard Williams and Henry Anderson at the defensive ends, and Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham on the edge.
  • Wide receiver Tim White enjoyed a solid day. Third-team QB Davis Webb found White for a 40-plus yard score on a 9-route. He remained extremely active all day and was spotted as one fo the last Jets to leave the field, working on his hands with the automatic feeder.
  • Rookie Trevon Wesco remains uninvolved with the first-team offense. For the most part, he’s serving as the Y with the third-teamers. On one particular target, he bobbled a five-yard sit that eventually fell incomplete. The coverage was tight, but it remains a play the kid probably wants back.

The New York Jets will be back at it on Thursday morning.

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