The New York Jets are set to begin organized team activities towards the end of May. Here are all the dates and everything else you need to know as Gang Green prepares for the upcoming season.
Don’t worry New York Jets fans, summer will be here and the long days of training camp will soon be upon us. Before that, however, organized team activities are on the horizon to get players ready for some hot days and even hotter competitions ahead.
The Jets will begin their OTAs starting on May 22-24 and then again from May 29-31. They will get another week break and return again from June 4-7. OTAs are meant to be light exercising, positional drills, and a plethora of working out to get into football shape.
There will be no tackling, pads, or any of that which will all be reserved for training camp during the summer. For now, the Jets will ensure their OTAs contain strength and conditioning exercises, non-contact drills, and having everyone meet all the new faces that are a part of the organization.
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OTAs give players an opportunity to familiarize themselves with teammates, the coaching staff, and get light versions on the kind of playbooks they’ll be working with as they prepare for the upcoming season. A lot of young players are also going to do whatever it takes to prove their worth and make a case to be kept on the final roster.
Obviously, attending organized team activities will help give these young players, a lot of which are undrafted free agents that didn’t get selected, a chance to stand out from the bunch. Besides OTAs, mandatory minicamp for all players will be from June 12-14.
In what is likely the best offseason so far for the Jets in a very long time, it will be great to see how all these positional group competitions pan out and which players step up and surprise. By the looks of it, it’s going to be a great and competitive summer for the Jets as they finalize their roster for 2018.