NY Jets skipping minicamp after virtual offseason program wraps up
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets are expected to skip minicamp upon the conclusion of their virtual offseason program.
The NY Jets are set to conclude their virtual offseason program next week, but it doesn’t look like they’ll be meeting up again any time soon after that.
As first reported by Brian Costello of the NY Post, the Jets will not be conducting an in-person minicamp following the end of their virtual offseason program. That means that the team likely wouldn’t convene until late July when training camp is scheduled to begin.
At the time of writing, the NFL hasn’t cleared teams to hold minicamps just yet, but there has been speculation that they might do so in the coming weeks. The Jets, however, have simply decided that it isn’t worth the risk.
Generally, teams will run their offseason programs starting in late April running all the way through June. That program will typically end in a three-day minicamp in the final week of June before meeting up again a month later for training camp.
But this offseason has been unlike any other in recent memory.
The NY Jets and the rest of the NFL world have had to adapt this offseason.
The Jets started their program on April 27th, two days after the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft. But instead of practicing in-person, meetings have been limited to digital video conferences.
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The hope is still that the Jets and the rest of the NFL will be able to begin training camp on time in late July, but that remains to be seen. However, the lack of a minicamp means that the team will go well over a month in between meetings.
This obviously could have an effect on team chemistry with the organization welcoming in a sizable number of new faces this offseason. But don’t expect the Jets to be the only team affected by this.
Virtually any team that experienced significant roster turnover in the offseason will face similar challenges when it comes to getting acquainted. In particular, it could be very difficult for the new-look Jets offensive line to develop as a unit.
There’s a very good chance that the Jets will start five offensive linemen who have never played a down of regular-season football next to each other when the season does eventually start.
Every rep matters and minicamp is an essential time to develop chemistry and learn new plays/systems. Now, the Jets will have to welcome their new players without that benefit.
It should be a challenging process for the Jets, but at least we could take solace in knowing that they’re far from the only team affected by this.