The NY Jets and the rest of the NFL world are expected to start training camp on time.
And when exactly that might be.
Well, it seems as though the NFL is preparing for a normal summer training schedule with the announcement that training camps are currently scheduled to begin on time next month.
Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters on a conference call on Thursday that all NFL training camps are scheduled to begin on time starting on July 28th. Rookies and select players will also be allowed to show up earlier if they’d like to.
This comes on the heels of a number of NFL players testing positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks following organized practices set up by individual players.
The Jets were one of many teams to organize these practices by themselves with quarterback Sam Darnold seemingly taking the reigns. Thankfully, there have been no reported cases coming out of the Jets’ facilities to this point.
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But it’s certainly something the organization is taking very seriously and they’ll undoubtedly be preparing for the worst.
Goodell also indicated that the regular season is also set to begin as planned with Week 1 taking place the second weekend of September. Moreover, he insisted that there would be fans in the stadiums in one way or another.
The NY Jets could feel the effects of this unique offseason.
This year’s offseason has been unlike any other before. Instead of minicamps and OTA’s, teams have been forced to conduct virtual meetings with their players.
The only in-person workouts that have taken place have been under the players’ surveillance and not associated with the team — such as Darnold and the Jets’ workouts in Miami.
The Jets will be relying on training camp more than many other teams this season with a number of new faces and rookies who need ample time to develop.
First and second-round pick Mekhi Becton and Denzel Mims are high-ceiling players, but they could have really used this offseason to further develop their skills. Now, that developmental process could be slowed.
It’s also important to get Darnold acquainted with his new supporting cast as well as build chemistry along a new-look offensive line. It’s going to be tough and the only solace Jets fans could take is knowing that the rest of the league is dealing with the same disadvantages.
Only some teams will be affected more than others.
Here’s to hoping that the NFL’s plan goes well and that training camp actually starts on time.