The New York Jets will not hold mandatory June minicamp this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With sports leagues and teams across the nation preparing to stay on a virtual level for the next few weeks, the NFL is taking precautions to ensure player safety and health.
Ultimately, ensuring that the players remain safe prior to the start of training camp is essential. As long as they can avoid contracting the virus and spreading it throughout locker rooms, which is an easy practice given the proximity between players during the season, the NFL can operate as usual. While I question if fans will be present for the early portions of the regular season, football is expected to take place nonetheless.
Here’s the official report from the New York Jets:
The New York Jets will not hold their mandatory June minicamp this year at the end of their offseason program schedule.
The Jets’ voluntary virtual offseason program, instituted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will conclude next week with voluntary virtual meetings from Monday-Friday, June 8-12.
The team, working closely with Gov. Phil Murphy’s office and the NFL, reopened its Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, NJ, this week on a limited basis. The facility is open to a limited number of employees, primarily football-related staff.
The Jets, following state and league protocols, are expected to welcome players, coaches and staff to Florham Park at the end of July for the start of training camp.
On the bright side, it seems as if the end of July marks the opening of their facilities to the max. Players, coaches, and other staff will all be allowed to enter the Florham Park location in a full capacity. This puts the team and league on pace to start training camp and preseason on time. Hopefully, no setbacks will be experienced, and they can go about the off-season on a more normal level.