The new, New York Jets opened up their training camp yesterday (Wednesday) to officially get their 2019 NFL season started.
The Jets have been busy since the end of last season, all through the off-season, re-staffing in an effort to improve from their five-win season in 2017-18, and only four wins last season.
There’s a new general manager, Joe Douglas. There’s a new head coach, Adam Gase. There are newly designed team uniforms, and as always with most teams, an influx of players. The Jets’ big get off-season is former Pittsburgh Steeler, all-pro running back Le’Veon Bell.
Bell, 27, drafted by the Steelers in 2013, signed with the Jets in March for four years, $52.5 million, $35 million guaranteed. With incentives, the deal has a maximum value of $61 million. Bell’s ability to run and catch will benefit their young franchise quarterback, 22-year-old sophomore Sam Darnold.
The Jets will be without tight end Chris Herndon for four games at the start of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Herndon, 23, entering his third year, pleaded guilty in January to a DWI charge involving an accident that he was involved with in June of 2018.
Herndon, an integral part of the Jets’ offense, is allowed to participate in training camp, preseason practices and preseason games. He’s eligible to return for the Jets’ fifth game of the regular season, a home game against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Jets will begin their preseason against the New York Giants on Thursday, Aug. 8, a MetLife Stadium away game, and three others total, the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles.
Their regular season officially begins on Sunday, Sept. 8, at home against the Buffalo Bills.
The Jets moved their Green & White practice to MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 18. It was previously scheduled for Friday, Aug. 2, at Rutgers University.
The team has also changed its public practice on Sunday, Aug. 4., at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, N.J., to Saturday, Aug. 3. Free tickets for entry are also available. Log on to www.newyorkjets.com/camp for both practices.