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Posted 1 Apr 2015The New York Jets announced Tuesday they will conduct training camp this summer at their year-round facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, joining a leaguewide trend. Currently, 21 of the 32 teams hold training camp at their facility.
Starting in 2009, the Jets camped in Cortland, New York, where they trained at SUNY-Cortland. Former coach Rex Ryan, the driving force behind Cortland, liked the location because it allowed the team to get away from home and build chemistry. Under Ryan, they skipped only one summer in Cortland -- 2011 -- the year of the NFL lockout. That summer, they held camp in Florham Park.
But this is a new era, and Todd Bowles is looking to put his stamp on the team.
Team president Neil Glat said their hope is that staying at home will allow more fans to attend camp. In 2014, the Jets drew 22,500 fans in Cortland, according to a study. The study also determined that the Jets' presence in Cortland generated $4.6 million for the local ecomony over a three-week period.
"SUNY Cortland felt like home because of the tremendous local support we received during our time there," owner Woody Johnson said in a statement. "President Erik Bitterbaum and the university staff, as well as the families and businesses of Central New York, all went above and beyond to embrace our organization and create a comfortable environment for our team and fans. They always will be a part of our Jets family."
At one point, the Jets were leaning toward SUNY-Farmingdale on Long Island. The objective, it seemed, was to get back to the metropolitan area, trying to re-energize a fan base that became disgruntled with last season's 4-12 record.
The team hasn't announced the starting date, but it will be about July 28. There is no word yet on where the Green & White scrimmage will be held -- or if it will be held at all.
Posted 1 Apr 2015Source : Ryan Fitzpatrick brought to Jets with idea that he'll be Week 1 starter
He may not be ready for offseason workouts or minicamp but that doesn't mean that Ryan Fitzpatrick won't be squarely in the mix for the New York Jets come training camp.
Two weeks ago, general manager Mike Maccagnan said that a broken leg suffered last season means that Fitzpatrick likely won't be ready to throw until training camp. The resulting domino effect points to incumbent starter Geno Smith as well as third-string quarterback Matt Simms as the two quarterbacks who will enter the offseason receiving the majority of snaps. Fitzpatrick isn't expected to be back on the field until later in the summer.But a league source tells Metro that even if Smith has a “lights out offseason" the team still won't name a starter until Fitzpatrick is back.
There will be patience from the front office and coaching staff to see how the ace of the Wonderlic can recover from his season-ending injury last year. There's also a familiarity with this veteran quarterback as Fitzpatrick certainly has multiple ties to the team. Last year, he was with the Houston Texans where Maccagnan was the director of college scouting, and Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey was his head coach for a spell with the Buffalo Bills.
All of which means, in the words of the source, that Fitzpatrick will be given the chance to make a case for the starting job.“There is a familiarity with what he can do. He wasn't brought in just to backup,” the source said. “There's no need to rush him back. The Jets won't hurry to name a starter. This is a true competition at quarterback and 'Fitz' is going to get a chance to win the job.”
In fact, it might be more than just a chance to win the job.“He was brought in with the idea that he can start come Week 1,” the source said. “It isn't a lock, it isn't a guarantee. But he was brought in knowing full well that he can win the job and help win some games.“He was brought in and will be given the opportunity to win the job. No one is anointed this year. The best man will start and the Jets seriously think he can win this thing and be their starter.”
The source also confirmed a report from Metro in February that Michael Vick is not returning to the Jets.“The team has moved on from him,” the source said.Fitzpatrick suffered the broken leg in December and is progressing well.“He will be ready by training camp,” the source said. “He's making nice progress.”
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