4 NY Jets training camp battles that are already decided

Which Jets training camp battles are already wrapped up?
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1. NY Jets starting center

The Jets were expected to have a competition for their starting center job this summer. However, the assumption was that rookie second-round pick Joe Tippmann would be involved in said competition. Many even expected him to be the favorite.

That hasn't been the case this summer, however. The incumbent Connor McGovern has split reps with veteran interior lineman Wes Schweitzer for most of the summer, with the latter even receiving some first-team reps at center.

Meanwhile, Tippmann has worked almost exclusively with the third-team offense. It wasn't until last week that he snapped to Zach Wilson with the second-team offense in practice for the first time.

Now, Tippmann has impressed in both of his preseason games to this point. He's made about as strong of a case to start as anyone with his limited opportunities could have hoped.

It doesn't seem to matter, though. Jets head coach Robert Saleh has previously stated that he wanted to have the center battle wrapped up by the Panthers game, and all indications are that McGovern has won the job.

Schweitzer started the Panthers game at guard and could even see time as a starter at right guard if the Jets move Alijah Vera-Tucker to right tackle. It's highly unlikely the Jets have seen enough from Tippmann to give him the job, either.

That leaves McGovern, who, for all of the criticism he may receive, is still a rock-solid starting center. The Jets want a veteran center to pair with Aaron Rodgers this season, and McGovern just makes the most sense.