EXCLUSIVE: An inside look at New York Jets’ training camp


It was another hot one at New York Jets’ training camp on Sunday afternoon, with temperatures stabilizing in the mid 90s. The Jets are entering the third week of training camp and we are one preseason game in for the Jets as things are starting to get interesting.

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Just prior to things kicking off for the Jets, fans began to gather into the bleachers and take in the beautiful sights of the magnificent Atlantic Health Training Facilities. Fans at Sunday’s practice got a preview of the team and how they’re looking with Ryan Fitzpatrick now at the helm.

The offense was sporadic when they were running through their situational drills. We saw a combination of the 2-minute drill packages, red-zone offense vs. red-zone defense and zero coverage blitz situations. Fitzpatrick seemed to find a lot of chemistry with former Buffalo Bill T.J. Graham throughout the session Sunday. The highlight throw of the day came late in practice when third string quarterback Jake Heaps found Graham deep down the middle for a 50+ yard bomb for a touchdown in tight man-to-man coverage.

Jets fans also got a look at their rookie quarterback Bryce Petty who looked every bit the part at practice. Petty looked skittish in the pocket, threw a few bad balls and made some costly mistakes with one of the 2-minute drills ending via a leaping interception by Buster Skrine.

Though Petty’s evaluation should be taken with a grain of salt, he’s coming from a completely different offense from Baylor and he’s going to have growing pains. Jets fans across the globe hope the organization does the unpopular move by keeping Petty on the bench this season and letting him slowly learn the position, regardless how the quarterback situation plays out this year.

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Another player on the Jets roster who continued to suffer some pains was cornerback Antonio Cromartie. In the one-on-one plays on the outside, Cromartie was tested often by Fitzpatrick in man-to-man coverage and a couple of times got the better of the veteran cornerback.

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In this particular play above Marshall was lined up on the left hash, got the signal from Fitzpatrick to proceed with the fade-route in one-on-one coverage. Marshall was able to use his body to box-out Cromartie and catch the ball at it’s highest point. Which led to some cheers from the crowd and some playful-jeers for Cromartie who got it from some teammates.

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After the play, Marshall showed good sportsmanship by shaking Cromartie’s hand after the play and showed him the swim move he used against Cromartie. This was just one example of many plays that caught my eye at Jets’ training camp this past weekend.

Something that Jets fans saw after the Geno Smith incident that made national headlines over the past week  is that new head coach Todd Bowles won’t tolerate childish behavior. We saw another glimpse of that after a few skirmishes broke out on Sunday in the intense heat.

Take a look at my video below breaking down what Bowles made the team due to skirmishes:

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This was just one of many gassers the team had to run after several fights broke out during the end of practice. For the casual fan, a gasser is a sprint across the 53.5 yard width of the field. One bad apple spoils the rest, because two or three players decided to put up their fists, the entire 90-man roster had to run several of these gassers back and forth.

Well Jets Nation, that was an inside look at one of the many Jets’ 2015 training camp this year in Florham Park. I hope you enjoyed and as always, Let’s Go Jets!

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