As the New York Jets prepare for mandatory minicamp this week before a big break until training camp, all eyes will be on making sure it’s productive and obviously, a clear message is delivered.
So far this offseason, the New York Jets have concluded all their organized team activities as they enter their final week of practices. From today until Thursday of this week, the Jets are holding their mandatory minicamp in which all players signed to the roster must be in attendance.
Make no mistake about it, it’s still practicing and positional drills in t-shirts and shorts but it’s a great time for players looking to familiarize themselves with their teammates. From returning veterans to a lot of new faces thanks to a productive free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft, the Jets will have a lot of player interviews and press conferences during this time.
Best of all, all three days of mandatory minicamp will be open to the media which will give more insight into what the Jets are trying to accomplish. Head coach Todd Bowles will continue to preach about open competition at every position and stressing a clear message to his players.
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Once mandatory minicamp is over, there is a big break for players from the end of this week until around late-July. It’s imperative that the Jets make sure their players understand that no more offseason distractions should define what they’re building up now for the upcoming season.
Hopefully, Bowles and the rest of the Jets leadership preaches that no news is good news and that players must stay focused on the task at hand. It’s no secret that there looks to still be a lack of discipline since this offseason has featured several arrests of players but now is the time to have a period of calmness.
This break before the start of training camp is the time where a lot of players and coaches take some much-needed vacations and breaks from the gridiron. The regular season is a long one so it’s good to enjoy some rest and relaxation before it is finally here. Hopefully, players stick to this memo and not bring any more bad press to a team that is trying to build a culture of future success.