NY Jets’ quarterback Sam Darnold will be holding an informal workout with several teammates.
The NY Jets are set to conclude their virtual offseason this week, but it doesn’t appear as though they’re prepared to stop there.
As first reported by Brian Costello of the NY Post, quarterback Sam Darnold and a group of other offensive skill players are set to meet up in Miami, Florida this weekend for a three-day informal passing camp.
Per Costello, Darnold is the one who set this camp up as the third-year quarterback has been training near his home in Southern California. But given that most of his teammates are based around the Florida area, he took it upon himself to travel across the country.
Most of the team’s offensive skill players are expected to be there with a few confirmed attendees including Le’Veon Bell, Frank Gore, Jamison Crowder, Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims, and Chris Herndon.
So basically the entire starting offense save for the offensive line will be there.
The Jets, like the rest of the NFL, have not been able to practice together in person due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The league has not allowed players to work out together in team facilities restricting organizations to holding virtual meetings instead.
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And for a team like the Jets that will be playing host to a ton of new faces — particularly on offense — that lack of organized activity together could have an adverse effect on team chemistry.
Sam Darnold must develop chemistry with the NY Jets’ new receivers.
Perhaps most important is the chemistry that Darnold must develop with his new receivers.
Both Perriman and Mims are expected to fill starting roles on offense this season and every rep they can get in with Darnold before the start of the season is beneficial.
That’s especially true for Mims who — while extraordinarily talented — is still very raw as a prospect. Any chance he has to work on his route-running and expand his receiving arsenal this offseason, he must take.
And for a player like Herndon, this is an important step seeing as though the former fourth-round pick missed all but one quarter of last season because of a suspension and various injuries. Fortunately, he’ll have the comfort of practicing in what is essentially his own backyard.
Darnold’s growth as a leader and captain of the offense is evident and this is just another important step in that process.
The Jets may be limited to what they could do in team facilities, but that doesn’t stop players from taking matters into their own hands and convening in a neutral location.
And that’s precisely what Darnold and his offensive teammates are set to do.