Ricky Sapp is making waves early at Jets camp.
Tuesday, Sapp recorded a pair of sacks — terrorizing Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith in the process.
And the former Bamberg-Ehrhardt star seems to be generating quite a buzz. In fact, in a post on the jetsblog.com, Jake Steinberg hinted that the Jets may have hidden Sapp, who appeared in four games with the team but dealt with an ankle injury, for the 2013 season.
A blog on the New York Post website praised Sapp’s speed off the end.
Currently, he is competing for a spot behind Calvin Pace at outside linebacker.
Tim Jennings, CB, Chicago Bears (Orangeburg-Wilkinson) — After having a career-best year in 2012, former Orangeburg-Wilkinson and current Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings is hoping for another big season in 2013.
In a story posted on nbcchicago.com about Jennings and fellow Bears corner Charles Tillman preparing for the season, Jennings said he is working hard to keep his play at a high level.
“Everybody expects me to do the same thing as you did last year, but I just want to continue to be consistent,” he was quoted as saying in the story. “With (Tillman) on the other side playing as well as he’s playing, I’m going to continue to get opportunities. Hopefully I’ll earn some respect around the league and they’ll shy away from me, but if not, I’ll keep getting those opportunities. If those interceptions come, I’m going to take them.”
Jennings was a Pro Bowl selection last season after finishing with 60 tackles and nine interceptions.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears (Calhoun County) — Despite a promising offseason, Alshon Jeffery was sidelined on his first day of minicamp with the Chicago Bears Tuesday.
Jeffery, who spent part of the offseason working out in Florida with fellow Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, sat on Tuesday with a hamstring injury.
“[Jeffery] ran a go-route the other day and made a great play out there and just tweaked it a little bit,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said in a story on ESPN.com. “We’re just going to be as cautious as we can. We’re trying to get out of here with every player being healthy, and keeping our team as safe as we can amidst the competition that you see going on out there.”
Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Bamberg-Ehrhardt) — The buzz around Bowers continues this offseason.
Bowers was highlighted in a story that was posted on NFL.com last week that both named him as a player to keep an eye on this season while also noting the fact that Bowers is due to live up to the hype that surrounded him when he left Clemson as the top defensive lineman in the nation.
Even Bowers is putting pressure on himself to perform at a high level.
“I’m looking to be dominant,” Bowers said in a quote used in the NFL.com story and attributed to the Tampa Tribune. “I take the responsibility for that. Anything less than double-digit sacks is a failure for the season. ... I think the way coach (Greg) Schiano has the scheme set up, and my capabilities, and having (defensive tackle) Gerald (McCoy) draw all the attention, it could be a whole lot easier to get double-digits sacks. You just have to work as a unit and not have individual rush planes, just work as a combined unit.”
Terrance Smith, DB/WR, Jacksonville Sharks (S.C. State) — Smith has two receptions for 34 yards, and 53-1/2 tackles, seven interceptions, eight pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries for the Arena Football League team.
Semaj Moody, DB/WR, Chicago Rush (Denmark-Olar, S.C. State) — Moody has one reception for 5 yards, and 39-1/2 tackles, an interception and seven passes defensed for the Arena Football League team.
Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees (Holly Hill Academy) — Gardner is hitting .286 with six home runs, 14 doubles, four triples and 10 stolen bases through 64 games with the Yankees.
Blake Cooper, P, Mobile Baybears (Edisto High) — Cooper is 1-0 with a 2.02 ERA for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Class AA affiliate.