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Players Are Back in Florham Park Today

Posted by Randy Lange on July 26, 2011 – 10:51 am

There are signs of life at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center like we haven’t seen in four months.

Bill Hughan and his strength and conditioning staff are busy getting the weightroom ready for business. Blake Hoerr and his grounds crew are laying down yardline numbers and otherwise tending to the three beautifully manicured grass fields outside the building. The blocking bags, some green, some red, are being laid out and getting sprayed and dried.

And the biggest deal, as one coach captured it: “Players are here today.”

Indeed, signed Jets have begun arriving at the facility for the official 10 a.m. opening time under the terms and guidelines of the new CBA that owners and players agreed to Monday morning.

DE Ropati Pitoitua was the first to drive up to the security booth, followed by OL Vlad Ducasse. Then owner Woody Johnson came up to chat with the score of reporters and camera people gathered on 1 Jets Drive for the early arrivals.

In short order came TE Dustin Keller, DT Mike DeVito and QB Mark Sanchez, followed quickly by C Nick Mangold, in inverse order of how those two usually line up on the field of play. Then came CB Kyle Wilson, LB Jamaal Westerman, DB Dwight Lowery, QB Mark Brunell and guards Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson. Others are expected to arrive during the morning and afternoon for this voluntary return to team headquarters.

The Jets, along with players around the league, are starting to get the new lay of the land based on the CBA. The initial word was that signings of draft choices and undrafted free agents as well as negotiations with all unrestricted/restricted FAs can begin today, with the starts of camps being staggered throughout this week based on when teams play their first preseason games — the Jets and Texans, playing Monday night, Aug. 15, in Houston, will start practices 15 days earlier, on Sunday, July 31.

Wilson, last year’s first-round pick, said he’s glad to be back and and ready to roll.

“My goal is to just come in and get better, build my foundation and springboard into the season,” he said. “I lost some weight this offseason. I’m in the best shape of my life.”

As guard Brandon Moore, expected to check in today, told newyorkjets.com Monday night, “It’s good to be talking about football again.”

We’ll have player interviews with my partner, Eric Allen, and the Jets’ multimedia team, up on the site early this afternoon. And some players are expected to check in for more formal interviews with reporters from the media room podium. We are streaming some of them live now and we’ll bring you reports on those sessions later today.

Regarding the start of training camp and open practices, those schedules have not been circulated yet but as soon as we get information that we can pass on to you, we’ll do it here onnewyorkjets.com.


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25 Responses to “Players Are Back in Florham Park Today”

  1. By Frank on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Like to hear what Wilson had to say he is vital to the teams sucess this year if we lose Coleman. Hopefully Ropati is healed we need his depth on the line.

  2. By Tom Spicer on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    This week will show if MR. Johnson is really the owner that he claims to be. To the Jet fans that pay thru the nose for tickets to these games. If the Jets do not make moves to put the best team on the field you know they are not interested in winning.

  3. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Good to see all these guys back and great to hear Wilson so prepared. But can anyone tell me who the hell Edwards knows that he can get his probation hearing moved up from August to tomorrow just like that? That kind of apparent special treatment for highly-paid athletes is almost enough to make me want to cut him loose. Who does he think he is, Lindsey Lohan or something? Maybe next time he should think about the consequences of getting into bar fights, driving drunk, and other idiotic stuff like that before he somehow gets all these unexplained breaks. Just once I’d like to see these pampered prima donnas have to live in the same world that fans inhabit.

  4. By Tom Spicer on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    The Jets have more at stake this week then any team in the NFL no other team has 3 bigtime free agents like we do. The new deal hurt the Jets under the old deal we would have got a 1st & a 3rd round pick if we lost Holmes & a 2nd round pick if we lost Cromartie. Now we can lose them all & get nothing in return. Within 1 week we could be either be a legit Super Bowl contender or a sub 500 team. The Redskins can overpay for Holmes & the Texans can overpay for Cromartie. The Jets will be left with nothing. The Jets are at a crossroads this has nothing to do with MR.T or Rex this is all on Woody open your wallet & prove to us you are the owner you say you are.

  5. By Joey G on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    I’m so physched for this year. Looking forward to going to some open training camp days. is there any dates scheduled yet?

  6. By Randy Lange on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Joey G, nothing to release yet but we’re working closely with the football department to get a camp schedule to everybody on newyorkjets.com as soon as we can.

  7. By Johnny on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Randy,
    You say: “We are streaming some of them (player interviews) live now…”
    Where can we pick up the streams?

  8. By Randy Lange on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Johnny, when I posted that, we were between Brandon Moore and Dustin Keller interviews. Keller has already spoken. I hear Dwight Lowery may be coming to the podium soon. Refresh your newyorkjets.com home page and at some point you’ll get a streaming video button to click on and start the interview.

  9. By Chicago Bob on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    It would be just like the Redskins to overpay for Holmes – for some reason they have a history of going after players from the green & white. First it started with John Riggins (never received any compensation for him), then it was Verlon Biggs, then the infamous Coles, Hall, Thomas and Morton signings. If Holmes is asking for the sky, let him go and use the money elsewhere. One negative thing about when Holmes came off suspension last year, Dustin Keller became a forgotten man. Keller was having a great season and then for some reason, became invisible. He is a very good TE and if used properly, can really help this offense. Hopefully Tom Moore can help the Jets utilize a TE like Keller properly like Manning does with his TE’s in INDY.

  10. By Nick D on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Hearing rumors of some signings of undrafted FA’s. Does anybody have an official list?? I believe one of them is West Chester University’s Daniel Depalma, a close friend of mine from Verona, NJ.

    If you have any links, please include! Thanks

  11. By Mike Jet Vet on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Lets play ball …well not actually ball in this case it means players will sqeeze as much out of the league as posible not to mention our pockeks … football is becoming more and more a joke.. I say put pads on all these greedy lawyers let them pay with alittle blood and real contact for the money they make soon touch football will be to rough for these primos

  12. By Howie D on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Holmes, Edwards & Cromarite are the guys fans want to keep the most, and rightfully so, but Brad Smith is even more irreplaceable than a couple of those guys. Brad is a big-time player with MVP credentials. Too bad we don’t make better use of his talent. He should be untouchable and remain a JET.

  13. By scjoe on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    64, there is the law, then there is “the law” for athletes, politicians, and celebs. Edwards falls under the latter. That said, I think the Jets can only sign one of the big three FAs on the roster, for one reason or another, I wouldn’t mind that one guy being Edwards. I think the guy matured big time under Rex. I also think we can forget about making a big time splash in free agency, I can see them going more for those second tier guys simply because of where their cap is at. Remember, Harris needs to be locked up long term first and foremost.

  14. By scjoe on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    While we are all talking about options at the WR position lets not forget an old friend of ours Santana Moss. He had a pretty decent season last year even with the instability the Skins had a QB. I don’t believe he will break the bank either. What do you think 64?

  15. By Christopher on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    I would prefer the Jets sign Edwards and Smith, and let Holmes and Cro leave, then sign Floyd and Asomugha.

  16. By Pranit on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Forget about Cromartie. He’s a wimp anyway. Go get Asoumgha (sp chk).

    go Jets !

  17. By Tim on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    It is GOOD to hear that the PLAYERS (WANT) and are HAPPY to be back. Most of the time the PLAYERS hate TRAINING CAMP.

    REX RYAN
    ————-
    1. To CONTINUE to (WIN), the JETS must remember the (BASICS) of FOOTBALL.

    2. OFFENSE is about (BLOCKING)! A HAT on a HAT!

    3. And DEFENSE is about (SHEDDING) Blocks and making (TACKLES).

    4. You MUST execute the (BASICS) of FOOTBALL, OFFENSE(BLOCKING) and DEFENSE(TACKLING) to WIN!!!

    Go JETS 2011!

  18. By wayne on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Can’t see Holmes in DC, no matter what the experts say……Can’t blame him if money is outrageous, but how does Dan sell him on Beck……Still think the’re in too deep with Haynesworth and Mcnabb…..I expect them to focus on ground game…..I see Holmes in Jets uni.. Brad Smith had 4yrs to develop into respectable consistent WR. He did not. The wildcat interferes with MS learning curve. Smith replaced another guy who was irreplaceable……Smith was not much of a QB either…..A good guy, asset to the team, not irreplaceable……Hope he gets a nice contract somewhere………Chicago is interested…..They can’t keep everybody.

  19. By Christopher on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Nick D…..check this out for info:

    http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2011/07/notre_dame_guard_chris_stewart.html

  20. By wayne on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    You cry about football changing and diminishing as profits are projected go from billions in the single digits to mid double digits. Something’s not adding up here. If the product is getting worse, why are you buying more? Some of us can’t have it any other way than to go kicking and screaming into the future. In the first garden it Adam and Eve, now you have Adam and ……………Change is inevitable…..Enjoy your football. Resistance is futile.

  21. By Howie D on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Wayne: I humbly disagree. The reason we haven’t seen the best of Brad is because he’s not being used properly by Shotty. Most of the plays in which he’s involved gain positive yards (Fact). Put him on a different team and see what happens. By the way, Shotty has had more than 4 years to develop too and he hasn’t either. He (Shotty) remains my biggest concern.

  22. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe, I agree with you about Edwards’ learning curve but not about free agency, Mr. T will make as big a splash as he can, this is team that considers anything less than a SB to be failure. I like S. Moss but he’s getting old and he definitely goes into the 2nd tier Randy Moss/Ocho/TO category and I doubt Mr. T will favor that group over the 1st tier guys at WR. Totally disagree, Christopher, Floyd (6′ 3″ 225) and Aso would be awesome, Edwards double-covered and the useless Smith at WR keeping Kerley away from KR and PR duty makes no sense. wayne’s got the whole thing right on the Skins, Beck, Holmes, Leon, Smith, the Wildcat, the whole enchilada. When Rex said we’re gonna let it fly a little more, I don’t think he meant more Wildcat.

  23. By mrsmoore on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    The Jets can win it all with Two Hot Pass Rushers and Two Hot cornerbacks called Revis and Asomougha. They can become the “no-fly” zone for a decade with a hall of fame defense which can win by defense. All you need on offense is a pound the ground system that runs out the clock and TALL receivers who can catch short passes from a Dan Marino type quarterback who moves the chains. Don’t need big bucks for offense but rather a defense who can take the ball away. It would be as fun to watch as it was to watch Broadway Joe. If you build it (the defense) they will come and stand in the cheap seats to watch like they did for seabiscuit. One linebacker UDFA to look at is Mario Harvey, Marshall, a tackling machine with 4.4 speed and weighs 250 lbs

  24. By Karan on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Bottom Line: Keep Santonio Holmes***, release Cromartie, try, try and try (open up your wallet, Mr. Owner! and of course try to make salary cap space) and sign back Edwards and Smith. This group needs to be kept intact. BTW, I heard the Jets are interested in Asomugha, I hope something works out even though it seems unlikely.

  25. By JS on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Holmes would be stupid to sign with a team (Redskins) that doesn’t have a QB. If he wants to win a SB he needs to stay here and leave some money on the table. Brad Smith – nice player but expendable. The wildcat is history. Edwards had a great 2nd half and showed guts but if they had to sign holmes and lose Edwards so be it. They have enough receivers. Cromartie for Asomugha is a no brainer. Cromartie was spotty at best.

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