The New York Jets are going through the last phase of the offseason, before training camp at the end of July. Early on, they’re continuing their momentum from 2015.
The New York Jets have completed their organized team activities and mandatory mini-camp and await training camp next month. No major injuries occurred as the talk of the town has been how the Jets’ offense would look with a returning face under center.
It’s hard to get a real feel for the team without the players having their pads on, which is something head coach Todd Bowles addressed, here’s what he said courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets:
On Matt Forte…
He’s healthy is the biggest thing. He’s running and catching the ball in the air. You can’t tell until you get the pads on. He’s been a true pro like we thought he was coming in here and that’s all you can expect at this point.
On whether he thinks Darrelle Revis will be fully healthy at the start of training camp or at some point during training camp…
It’s hard to say. I don’t know. I said before, when he’s ready, he’ll come back. But he’s doing all the right things, but without hitting anybody with it you never know for sure. I don’t know whether it’ll be the beginning or sometime during (training camp).
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While there are several things that remain discernible without the pads on, something that can be taken away is situational football.
Something the Jets really improved on in 2015 with a cast of new characters on the offensive side of the football.
In the red zone last season, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had incredible success with the Jets.
Fitzpatrick’s had 23 touchdown passes with only one interception, though most Jets fans will remember that lone interception in the red zone.
Regardless, for the majority of last season, the Jets were clicking on all cylinders. A major reason for that was because of the size and length of wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Which also helped wide receiver Eric Decker become an even better player, being able to play second fiddle. Apparently early on in camp, the Jets are continuing their red zone momentum into the off-season:
On assessing how the quarterbacks did today…
They were very good in the red zone. Third down period they were up and down, and the team pass period they were up and down. Depending on which one you saw. I have to go back to the film and watch it after this to give you a better assessment. But overall I thought they made some progress. Sometimes there was breakdowns on the line, sometimes they make good plays on defense, sometimes they make good throws, but they were okay.
Whether Fitzpatrick is back at quarterback or the Jets plan B in Geno Smith, they have to have success in the red zone. Despite the quarterback carousel, it appears at least early on, that the Jets aren’t missing a beat with Smith under center.