In a recent press conference, NY Jets head coach Robert Saleh made the announcement that the team was canceling their mandatory minicamp.
Saleh told the media that a big part of this decision was that, with the Jets playing in the Hall of Fame Game this year, training camp would start a week early, and the team didn't want to overload the players.
Instead of minicamp, which was scheduled to run from June 13-15, players will now have an extra week to help rest and reset their bodies in preparation for training camp.
The decision was met with criticism from both the media and fans, with many people throwing around the term "same old Jets," but I don't believe that the decision is a bad one. In fact, I believe that there could be many benefits.
Why canceling minicamp is a good move by the NY Jets
The first, and most obvious benefit of the decision to cancel minicamp is the reduced risk of injuries. As we've seen in the past few seasons, especially last year, injuries have been a major factor in the team's lack of success. Even though minicamp is non-contact there is still a chance for injuries.
We saw both Aaron Rodgers and C.J. Uzomah suffer minor injuries during OTAs, not to mention a likely serious knee injury sustained by Chuck Clark, which is also a non-contact phase of the offseason.
Not only does canceling minicamp prevent injuries from happening during that time, but it also lowers the risk of injuries later in the year, as the players get more rest time to allow their bodies to heal.
The second benefit to this decision is that it gives the team more time to bond and build chemistry off the field. We saw this last season when Zach Wilson took the team to Idaho for a team getaway.
Off-field chemistry is just as important as on-field chemistry, as it is much harder for a team to succeed if there is a toxic locker room. I expect many of the Jets' players to be spending time together this week, despite not being on the practice field.
The third benefit isn't as major as the other two, but canceling minicamp helps prevent players from experiencing mental burnout.
This may not be as big of an issue with the younger players, but for older veterans, especially quarterbacks who were considering retirement in the offseason, mental burnout could be a legitimate concern. Canceling minicamp definitely could prevent some of that mental burnout from occurring.
Although canceling minicamp may have looked like an odd decision on the surface, I do believe that if you really look into the pros and cons, it is not hard to see that this decision will benefit the Jets in the long run.