FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- There were new voices at Jets training camp on Tuesday. They were Drake, Michael Jackson, Notorious B.I.G., Cardi B and more.
After eight practices with no music, head coach Todd Bowles had the staffers bring out the big speakers to pump up the volume.
"It was either music or crowd noise, and (the players) chose music," Bowles said.
With their first preseason game three days away, Bowles deemed it the right time to have his team play in a noisy environment.
"It's not gonna be quiet Friday," he said. "We gotta have some noise, somebody's gonna be cheering, or music or the TV screen."
And the Jets sure do like music. In their Thursday night win over the Bills last November, the entire defense started dancing during a break in the action, which led to #JetsDanceToAnything trending on Twitter and countless memes.
On Tuesday, Josh McCown rocked out to "Hells Bells" by AC/DC, which makes sense, considering the 39-year-old was the only player alive when the song came out in 1980. Rookie offensive lineman Darius James did a little singing, and plenty others did some dancing.
Maybe because of the music, Tuesday's practice was one of the more action-packed days of camp thus far, but it was only a so-so day for the quarterbacks.
As is becoming a trend the last few days, Sam Darnold got the most reps (44). He went 16-for-28 passing (57 percent), and was picked off twice by free safety J.J. Wilcox, both on deep balls, and Wilcox returned the first for a touchdown. Corner Mo Claiborne almost gave the defense three picks off Darnold, but he was ruled out of bounds. Darnold was sacked twice, but he also threw three nice touchdown passes in a goal-line period -- a short one to Charles Johnson, one to Eric Tomlinson when they went hurry-up (which OC Jeremy Bates did a few times with Darnold on Tuesday) and the last a one-handed snag by Terrelle Pryor (who had his best practice of camp) that he high-pointed and then spiked down with gusto.
Teddy Bridgewater got 29 reps and went 11-for-20 passing with his first two interceptions of camp, one that safety Terrence Brooks jumped on the first play of a two-minute drill, and another by corner Darryl Roberts later in the period. He also threw a TD pass to Robby Anderson in the goal-line period on which Anderson made a nice one-handed grab.
Said Bowles of the four interceptions: "(The offense) isn't going to win every round. The defensive backs have to win some or I'm gonna be disappointed we don't get any picks, but, at the same time, the quarterbacks have to take care of the ball. It's just practice."
Bowles added that he's cool with Darnold taking shots downfield, something he seems to do more than McCown and Bridgewater.
McCown got the least reps (14). He went 5-for-7 passing, including a nice touchdown throw to Tre McBride in a red-zone drill. He also took two sacks and was nearly picked off by Jamal Adams, so it wasn't all good.
It'll likely be Bridgewater and Darnold getting most of the work Friday.
Lastly, a few notes...
--Three penalties on Tuesday, all on the defense (two offsides and one facemask).
--NFL referee Tony Corrente visited with the Jets to discuss the new hitting-with-the-crown-of-the-helmet rule. Bowles said he expects it to be over-officiated in the preseason (as it appeared to be in the Hall of Fame Game), but otherwise isn't too concerned.
"We've covered it before they even got here so they were well aware of them right there," he said. "Just seeing them on tape, they were just reaffirmed of those things. Like I said, they've been practicing well, and they've been trying to do it the right way. There are going to be some freak things that happen, but for the most part we practice it well and I think they'll be fine."
He added that it doesn't behoove the tackler to duck his head, either, because it risks injury to him just as much as the guy getting tackled.
"It’s no different than how everybody teaches, it’s just more emphasis on it."
--The players who didn't practice Tuesday were: OT Kelvin Beachum, NT Steve McLendon, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB David Bass, RB Thomas Rawls, NT Deon Simon, CB Jeremy Clark, CB Parry Nickerson, TE Jordan Leggett, WR Quincy Enunwa. None are likely to play on Friday.
--Bowles jokingly compared Pryor's one-handed TD catch to "a catch (he) made in fourth grade," before acknowledging "it was a heck of a catch."