The Jets' Training-Camp Schedule Has An Interesting Change

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ - JUNE 05: Head Coach Adam Gase of the New York Jets speaks with the media before day two of mandatory minicamp at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on June 5, 2019 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty

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The New York Jets released their 2019 training camp practice schedule Monday morning, and it features an interesting change from a year ago.

Was that departure in procedure dictated by new coach Adam Gase? There’s no way of knowing for sure, but it certainly is possible.

There are five practices open to anyone from the public, one more than there were last summer in what proved to be Todd Bowles’ final season as Jets’ head coach. Four of those workouts will be at the Jets’ headquarters in Florham Park, N.J., and the other one will be at Rutgers University. The Jets held an open practice at Rutgers last season, too.

Here’s the big difference—in 2018, the last two open practices were on Aug. 18 and 19. This year, the final of the five open practices will be on Aug. 11 in Florham Park.

This is significant because last year, the last open practice occurred five days before the third preseason game, against the Giants. Traditionally, the third preseason game is the NFL’s dress rehearsal for the regular season.

This year, the Jets’ last open practice will take place on Aug. 11, four days before the second preseason game and 13 days prior to the third preseason contest, against New Orleans this year. The gameplan for the first and second preseason games typically are pretty vanilla, whereas the third game usually is slightly more complex in terms of strategy.

Could it be that Gase, who ousted former general manager Mike Maccagnan in a power play last month, according to sources, doesn’t want too many prying eyes as he begins to ramp up preparation for the season? Or maybe he just doesn’t want any distractions?

The media won’t get a chance to talk to Gase about it until late July, when camp begins. But it is an interesting alteration.

The public practices are on July 27 and 28 and Aug. 4 and 11 in Florham Park, all at 8:25 a.m., and at Rutgers on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. Details on how to attend are on the team's website at newyorkjets.com/camp.



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The New York Jets released their 2019 training camp practice schedule Monday morning, and it features an interesting change from a year ago.

Was that departure in procedure dictated by new coach Adam Gase? There’s no way of knowing for sure, but it certainly is possible.

There are five practices open to anyone from the public, one more than there were last summer in what proved to be Todd Bowles’ final season as Jets’ head coach. Four of those workouts will be at the Jets’ headquarters in Florham Park, N.J., and the other one will be at Rutgers University. The Jets held an open practice at Rutgers last season, too.

Here’s the big difference—in 2018, the last two open practices were on Aug. 18 and 19. This year, the final of the five open practices will be on Aug. 11 in Florham Park.

This is significant because last year, the last open practice occurred five days before the third preseason game, against the Giants. Traditionally, the third preseason game is the NFL’s dress rehearsal for the regular season.

This year, the Jets’ last open practice will take place on Aug. 11, four days before the second preseason game and 13 days prior to the third preseason contest, against New Orleans this year. The gameplan for the first and second preseason games typically are pretty vanilla, whereas the third game usually is slightly more complex in terms of strategy.

Could it be that Gase, who ousted former general manager Mike Maccagnan in a power play last month, according to sources, doesn’t want too many prying eyes as he begins to ramp up preparation for the season? Or maybe he just doesn’t want any distractions?

The media won’t get a chance to talk to Gase about it until late July, when camp begins. But it is an interesting alteration.

The public practices are on July 27 and 28 and Aug. 4 and 11 in Florham Park, all at 8:25 a.m., and at Rutgers on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. Details on how to attend are on the team's website at newyorkjets.com/camp.



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