The New York Jets arrived at One Jets Drive this morning to launch their 2017 offseason conditioning.
Players aren’t allowed to take the field until OTA workouts starting May 23; however, these preseason workouts permit Todd Bowles and his players to reconnect since the conclusion of the 2016 season.
Offseason workouts also allows fans and the media to catch a glimpse of the Jets prior to the start of the season. And because players have been gone for a while, they should be itching to get started.
The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement states that each team is allowed to hold nine weeks of practice before the start of training camp. During these weeks, practice is split up into three phases: Phase one involves light conditioning and general rehabilitation, phase two consists of on-field activities and individual player workouts, and finally, phase three is composed of organized team activities. None of these phases allow contact, however in the final phase teams are allowed to perform 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.
These next nine weeks are voluntary; however, towards the end of the third phase, mandatory minicamp begins.
After the draft, the league allows franchises to hold a rookie minicamp. This camp allows new draft picks, un-drafted free agents, and other potential players to work with the team before the full-team workouts. The Jets will hold their rookie minicamp from May 5-7, prior to the start of the official minicamp which runs from June 13-15.
The Jets have a lot of a questions surrounding the commencement of the season; Will Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty prove to have franchise quarterback potential? Or, do the Jets really need to draft a quarterback? What kind of team are the Jets going to have? Are they in full-on rebuild mode and fans have to wait a few seasons to see results on the field? Or, is this draft class going to turn around the Jets like Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott did in Dallas?
As of right now, the Jets need a few more years to create a consistently winning franchise in order to return to the postseason. But who knows, the Jets could come out of the dog house and surprise the entire league. Definitely wouldn’t be the first time.
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