Here at Turn On The Jets, we decided to take a page out of Robert Mays book over at Grantland (a polite way of saying rip his article idea off) by counting down the 115 days until the New York Jets kick off, with a daily reason to get excited about their return. Mays has the whole NFL to work with, we only have the Goddamn Jets…now there is a challenge, step your game up Mays!
We continue today with a look at training camp kicking off (NOTE you can see the entire series right here)
Ah, training camp. 7 on 7 stats. Twitter timelines dominated by fifteen beat writers writing the exact same thing as each other. Excessive panic and overreaction to every decision, movement and quote. Random bottom of the roster players receiving their day in the sun before unceremoniously being cut after the last pre-season game. For the next few weeks Cortland, New York becomes the center of the New York Jets universe. The team will arrive for check in today, start practicing tomorrow and be in full equipment by Sunday.
What should you expect? The defense is going to be miles ahead of the offense, which is becoming an annual tradition of Rex Ryan led camps. Muhammad Wilkerson, Antonio Cromartie, David Harris and Quinton Coples lead an intriguing unit that is filled rising young players, two first round rookies and a few needed veterans. The offense is sorting out a quarterback battle, a decimated depth chart at wide receiver, a shaky batch of tight ends, two newcomers at running and multiple new offensive lineman. Needless to say, Marty Mornhinweg will have his hands full.
Rex Ryan seems to be regaining a little bit of brashness so the daily press conferences should be entertaining, as always. The primary focus is going to be on the quarterbacks until a starter is named but there are plenty of others battling it out for playing time. There is only a handful of players currently with a guaranteed starting spot, which should make for a highly competitive and feisty camp.
At a minimum, there has been a substantial increase of speed for the Jets at running back, linebacker and defensive line. The plodding of Shonn Greene, Bart Scott, Bryan Thomas, Sione Pouha, and Mike DeVito has been replaced by Chris Ivory, Demario Davis, Antwan Barnes, Sheldon RIchardson and Quinton Coples. The Jets may still be a 6 win team but they will be a faster and younger 6 win team.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS STORY PITCH OF THE DAY – Gary Myers, live on the Tim Tebow beat from the fields of New England…”It was a tough day in the halls of Patriots headquarters. Head Coach Bill Belichick had heroically stood up to the tough questions about Aaron Hernandez with grace, charm and a brand of honesty never shown in the dank corridors of Florham Park. Yet, that day is over now and it is time to turn the page. Turn the page from Hernandez and turn the page to his former college teammate, Timothy Richard Tebow. Where New England made a mistake with one Gator, they did right by finding this one. Could Tebow supplant Tom Brady as an effective, smashing, powerful Wildcat quarterback? Could Tebow replace Hernandez as a game changing tight end who creates mismatches? Could Tebow take over for Zoltan Mesko and boom out 50 yard punts with regularity? Maybe…just maybe. Everybody in New England should be on notice, Tebow is looking over your shoulder and he has the WILL to play.”
RANDOM JET OF THE DAY – TIM DWIGHT! You know who randomly spent one season with the Jets as a receiver in 2006? Tim Dwight did! 16 receptions, 112 yards, 2 carries, 28 yards. No touchdowns. One fumble.