New York Jets to host joint practices vs. Philadelphia

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The New York Jets will now face the Eagles three times this year, as they’ll host a pair of joint practices prior to their summer clash.

Another chapter has added to the northeastern battle of green football.

The New York Jets announced on Tuesday that One Jets Drive will host joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park. These practices land on August 24 and 25, days before the teams face off in their respective preseason finales on August 27 at MetLife Stadium.

New York and Philadelphia have mostly kept their gridiron interactions limited to the final weeks of the summer due to their differing conferences, but are now set to meet three times throughout the course of the 2021 season. A regular season matchup looms on December 5 at East Rutherford, serving as the extra game in the newly-minted 17-contest schedule. The Jets have met the Eagles in an annual preseason contest since the turn of the century, their two-decade standing date broken only by the cancellation of the 2020 preseason amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. New York is winless against Philadelphia in 11 regular season meetings, the last showdown coming two seasons ago at Lincoln Financial Field.

In addition to the joint summer sessions with the Eagles, the Jets are also slated to visit Green Bay’s camp prior to their exhibition at Lambeau Field on August 21.

The announcement of Philadelphia’s invasion of Florham Park accompanied the reveal of Jets training camp practices that will be open to the public. Both of the Eagles’ visits are on the list, as is the Green and White scrimmage at MetLife Stadium, which will be the stadium’s first football hosted in nearly 18 months, dating back to an XFL contest between the New York Guardians and Los Angeles Wildcats.

Fans will also be welcome at the training camp practices in Florham Park on July 31st and August 2nd, 4th, 9th, and 11th. Autographs from players and staff will not be permitted, face coverings and proof of vaccination will not be required.

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Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Jets: Three Takeaways from Joe Douglas’ Comments

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General manager Joe Douglas emerged to speak out on the state of his New York Jets, who look very different from when we last saw them.

New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas emerged on Wednesday to give a de facto state-of-the-team conference call. Despite the relative stagnance of the sporting world, the Jets are undoubtedly a different looking team thanks to Douglas’ moves

Here are the main takeaways from Wednesday’s comments…

Expect a lineman at #11

These aren’t your father’s Jets. They’re not your older brother’s Jets. Heck, they might not be your twin brother’s Jets.

The blocking negligence of the Mike Maccagnan era was all but confirmed with the checks Douglas has bestowed this offseason. Funds have been diverted to providing protection for the Jets’ potential pair of backfield saviors, Sam Darnold and Le’Veon Bell. Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten, and George Fant have gotten green makeovers. Competition for playing time will ensue, but Douglas is pleased with the established depth he was able to obtain.

“We had a lot of holes to fill. Our plan was to be strategic and disciplined,” Douglas said, per Robby Sabo of Jets X Factor. “I felt like we needed to build a foundation…the best teams in the NFL have a lot of depth.”

The improvements offered apparent flexibility and freedom to the Jets with the 11th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Perhaps the pick could be used on a playmaking receiver talent like CeeDee Lamb or Henry Ruggs.

Douglas, how, gave a veiled “not so fast”.

“I think there’s a real shortage of quality offensive linemen in the NFL,” he said per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. “So we’re going to do our best to get as many quality ones as we can because you can never have too many.”

Improving the line has been one of the early hallmarks of the Douglas era. One of his first moves was convincing former All-Pro Ryan Kalil out of retirement for the 2019 season. That one didn’t pan out, but it was perhaps more than Maccagnan had done in years. Prior to taking Chuma Edoga in last season’s third round, the Jets had not taken a blocker within the draft’s first two days since Vlad Ducasse back in 2010. Douglas, it appears, is just getting started.

Receiving help will rise from within

With an apparent dedication to blocking at the 11th, the draft is still relatively deep at receiver. Talented names like Jalen Reagor, KJ Hamler, and Chase Claypool will likely all still be around on day two. That’s big for the Jets after the departure of Anderson.

The newly minted Carolina Panther’s tallies of 3,059 yards and 20 touchdowns over the past four seasons are relatively pedestrian in today’s NFL. But the fact remains that the Jets just lost a lot of offensive productions. No other Jets, for example, reached double digits in touchdowns in the same span. As of now, the void of top receiver is set to be filled by Breshad Perriman on one of Douglas’ prove-it deals.

Douglas acknowledged that the Jets aren’t done spending yet. At the same time, he’s looking forward to seeing some of the current roster names rise up in Anderson’s wake. According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, Douglas invoked the names of Vyncint Smith, Josh Doctson, and Braxton Berrios. Considering the fact that that group combined for 44 receptions and 340 yards in 2019, they’re probably not done adding to the arsenal. It could well strengthen the case for Demaryius Thomas to return.

Brian Winters is probably staying

The veteran blocker Winters has frequently appeared on lists of potential salary cap cuts. Entering the final part of a four-year extension, the departure of Winters would save the Jets just over $7.2 million against the cap. With interior help coming in the form of McGovern, Van Roten, and Josh Andrews, it felt like Winters was on borrowed time, but Douglas appeared to imply the opposite in this bit from SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano. 

“We love his competitiveness and toughness,” Douglas said. “We should have a really good competition for our offensive line.”

While that’s far from cementing his roster spot, it certainly sounds like Winters will be invited to training camp, whenever that may be. Experience could certainly play in Winters’ favor. Only three members from the 2019 roster have more service in the NFL. Winters is also set to be the longest-tenured Jet in New Jersey should running back Bilal Powell leave in free agency.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags