Jets’ Max Mitchell struggles as offensive line questions linger

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By Susan Comstock

Observations from Jets practice on Thursday:

Good for Garrett

Garrett Wilson returned to practice Thursday and participated in team drills.

He caught two passes from Aaron Rodgers during the 11-on-11 period and two other incompletions were thrown his way.

Wilson sprained his ankle last week and had been sitting out, but he showed no effects of the injury Thursday.

Bad Max

Second-year tackle Max Mitchell looks lost on the field right now.

He seems to be struggling with his confidence, and his technique is suffering.

Jets offensive tackle Max Mitchell
Jets offensive tackle Max Mitchell has struggled.
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Mitchell has had a tough camp as he competes for the starting right tackle spot.

It is hard to see how the Jets could trust him to start at this point.

Caught my eye

There are so many things Rodgers does well, but one that has really stood out in practice has been his play fakes.

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He carries out a fake on almost every play.

When he hands off, he still carries the play out.

That makes his play-action game more effective. It is difficult to tell when he is handing the ball off, even in practice.

Rodgers report

Rodgers had a solid day, going 12-for-17 passing.

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) warms up during a joint NFL football camp with the Carolina Panthers Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, in Spartanburg, S.C.
Aaron Rodgers had a strong day of practice with the Jets.

The highlight throw of the day came on a rollout to his left.

He threw a laser across his body to Malik Taylor on the sideline in a spot where only Taylor, who was covered well by D.J. Reed, could catch it.

Medical report

CB Sauce Gardner (quad) and DE Carl Lawson (back) sat out practice again.

Rookie OT Carter Warren is not practicing, but his injury is unknown.

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