Football is getting closer and closer to returning. How exciting! We have been through rookie camp, and now, the full football team is back together for the first time since the season ended.
They call the workouts OTAs, and where we are in the off-season schedule. Technically, the workouts are optional, but most of the team does show up. As fans, we don’t get access to see the team until June minicamp, so we have to rely on the beat reporters for what we learn about these workouts. June 11th is the first open workout for season ticket holders, and June 12th is open to all of us. But until then, we have to rely on reading and interpreting.
Here are five points to watch, in no particular order, as the Jets progress through these workouts:
WHICH QUARTERBACK IS LEADING?
When I say “leading”, I don’t mean the statistical competition by the way. After last year, we all know we are going to see every pass by Mark, Geno, etc., be charted. We will hear each day, how many passes each quarterback completed. It will be charted in detail only rivaled by election coverage.
But this isn’t the point. Stats in training camp mean nothing. What you want to look for is who is “leading” their team. Which quarterback has a command of the offense? Who is leading the team in and out of the huddle with confidence? Who feels comfortable checking down, putting the team into better position during 7-on-7 drills, and 11-on-11? You will be able to glean this from the reports, so read carefully.
RUNNING BACK DISTRIBUTION
Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson?, Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight. How are the footballs going to be divided up. Goodson obviously has a question mark because we don’t know how much longer he will be on the team. But, back to the point. We can start to see how Marty is going to handle this group during OTAs.
Does one back step forward and get more work on the running attack than others? Does Marty prefer the RBBC (Running Back By Committee) system? Start to get a feel for that by reading about how many carries each guy gets, and whether or not they all work with the first team. That could be a very telling answer as we move ahead.