Just about two weeks remain before training camp opens for the Jets on July 23rd up at SUNY-Cortland. You can’t wait for it, I can’t wait for it and just about everyone else can’t wait for it. I love writing about the Jets. The games, the analysis, free agency, the draft, OTAs and training camp are my favorites to write about because they are actually about football. Not fútbol as in World Cup soccer but football, the game we know and love.
What I don’t like is writing articles about which Jets were left off or disrespected by an ESPN or NFL.com offseason list, I’m also uninterested in parsing words that are said in interviews where a snippet is highlighted and regurgitated as fact while ignoring context. I also don’t particularly care about what advice Chris Johnson has for Johnny Manziel or a statement made by Geno Smith where he neither promised or guaranteed a Super Bowl run but just expressed his confidence in himself and his teammates. By the way, If you want a great read on the Geno Smith interview please read this Dom Cosentino article at NJ.com here.
What I do care about is watching the rookies put on the pads for the first time, hearing daily Rex Ryan press conferences, seeing how the new offensive parts and secondary looks, crossing my fingers that there are no major injuries, analyzing how the positional competitions are going, seeing if there any surprise UDFAs, and making my 53-man roster and season predictions. If we remember last year’s predictions, I was the only one of the “experts” to get the record correct. Don’t believe me? Here it is from Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. I’m looking to see if I have the pulse of the team once again.
So the time for filler is almost done. We can start getting back to real football, well not real football there are still 8 weeks until the games count, or at least a reasonable facsimile of it. In 16 days it will mark the end of the offseason. Most of what will turn out to be the 53-man roster will be in camp and the full team will be ready to move forward towards their goal of winning a Super Bowl. Will they do it? Probably not. Can something magical happen? You never know. With the amount of parity in the league and that’s what makes it fun.