New York Jets fans, the wait is over. Training camp has officially opened .
On Friday, July 28th, players reported to Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey. July 29th was the first private practice after a busy offseason.
New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles held his first media conference after practice on Saturday. When he was asked on what he thought of the first day, he replied, "It was the first day. People got their feet wet. Hopefully, we stay healthy for the most part but they ran around. We'll get better every day and keep working." That is Todd Bowles, cool and calm as always.
There are a number of new players in a variety of positions, and when Bowles was questioned on the nature of restrictions on ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen, he said, "We're taking it easy on them right now - just letting them go through individuals."
ArDarius Stewart, coming out of Alabama, was drafted by the New York Jets in the 3rd round (79th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. He signed a 4 year deal, reportedly worth $3.25 million, with the New York Jets on May 25th, 2017. Analysis of Stewart prior to the draft reported a strong, physical player with superb body control and hands like "clamps." He is a welcomed newcomer to the wide receiver position bringing young talent and fierce aggressiveness.
Chad Hansen, WR, drafted in the fourth round (141st overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, is another newcomer to the team. In 2016, during his junior year at UC, Berkeley, he was named All-Pac-12, after recording 92 receptions for 1,249 yards and 11 touchdowns in 10 games. Skipping his senior year, he entered the 2017 NFL Draft. Lucky for the New York Jets.
On the defensive side, Todd Bowles was asked if there's a possibility for Josh Martin to increase his role on defense and Bowles replied, "It's possible. It's early. Everybody looks good in shorts and t-shirts."
Josh Martin, LB, was an undrafted free agent in 2013 and signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and then waived. He then signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also waived. Back in November, Martin was signed to the New York Jets practice squad, then signed a two-year, $4.3 million contract with the Jets in March of this year.
His overall NFL career statistics as of 2016 list a total of 41 tackles, with 1 sack and 2 forced fumbles.
Of real groundbreaking news for the 2017 New York Jets team, Bowles was asked about hiring Collette Smith as a training camp intern. Bowles was happy to explain "I met Collette over a year ago. She came to a few practices. Just talking to her over the course of time, her football knowledge was outstanding. Interns, it's all male interns so far."
Collette Smith is making history as the New York Jets first female coach, taking the job as an intern for the summer. She has years of coaching experience. She is now the 3rd woman in the NFL to have a prestigious coaching job. She will be assisting defensive coach Dennard Wilson.
I'm extremely proud to to see the New York Jets extend this coaching job to a woman. Collette Smith deserves our respect.
Public practices opened on Monday, July 31st, and I will report more news on the New York Jets as it happens. All New York Jets fans look forward to the first preseason game in just a few weeks.
Victoria L. Dammer, a native of Florham Park N.J., is a dedicated, active Jets fan and season ticket holder. She never misses a chance to cheer for Gang Green. Follow Victoria on Twitter @JetsFanChatter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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