The Jets principally have strayed away from holding joint practices with opposing NFL groups in recent times, doing it simply as soon as since 2005.
First-year head coach Robert Saleh believes the Jets’ first joint classes since understanding with Washington in 2018 shall be “precious” for his group — particularly for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson.
The Jets will share a area with reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at their apply facility in Inexperienced Bay on Wednesday and Thursday earlier than the groups sq. off in Week 2 of the preseason Saturday afternoon at Lambeau Subject. The Jets additionally will play host to the Eagles for 2 practices subsequent week in Florham Park forward of the preseason finale towards one another Friday night time at MetLife Stadium.
“I believe we are able to get quite a bit out of it. It’s a possibility to compete towards a championship roster,” Saleh stated Tuesday earlier than the Jets departed for Wisconsin. “Clearly, a brand new set of performs, scheme, each offensively, defensively, and even particular groups.
“You get to lean on a special physique for a few days. I worth these items enormously. Should you go in there with the suitable intent to compete and never have a look at it prefer it’s a free-for-all the place you’re making an attempt to do further. I believe they’re simply precious.”
The earlier time the Jets held joint practices with the now-Washington Soccer Workforce in Richmond three summers in the past, two brawls broke out between the groups, together with one which spilled into an space of followers.
“They know, but it surely’s additionally one thing we discuss. … This isn’t road ball,” Saleh stated. “We’re going on the market, we’re going to compete. We’re going to work our methods, our fundamentals. Identical to we do towards one another.
“We’re going to respect our opponent, we’re going to respect what they’re making an attempt to get executed, additionally. We’re going to do all the pieces we are able to to get higher. We’re anticipating a great, clear, week of competitors.”
That mutual respect dates again to Saleh and Packers head coach Matt LaFleur serving as graduate assistants collectively at Central Michigan in 2004. LaFleur’s youthful brother, Mike, labored alongside Saleh on the teaching employees with the 49ers and was employed to be his first offensive coordinator with the Jets.
“I believe it’s cool. Clearly, Matt, and the whole LaFleur household, we’re very, very shut,” Saleh stated. “Once we have been sitting there as GAs at Central Michigan, I don’t suppose we ever thought this might occur. Nevertheless it’s fairly cool that it did.
“I believe [that relationship] helps. We’ve had a variety of dialogue to verify we’re each getting the work that we want. … There’s not as a lot guard up as regards to communication and defending, if you’ll. Only a good collaboration to be sure that we’re each getting the work in that we have to get essentially the most out of this apply.”
Saleh’s protection ought to obtain a stern check from the extremely environment friendly Inexperienced Bay offense, which led the league in scoring final season. The 22-year-old Wilson, who stated earlier this month that he’s “all the time been a Rodgers man,” additionally ought to profit from the chance to look at the two-time league MVP work in individual.
“You possibly can be taught quite a bit. This is a corporation and offense that’s yr three of their system now. They’re environment friendly, they’re quick, clearly a corridor of fame quarterback in Aaron Rodgers,” Saleh stated. “We’re going to see a scheme that’s on level as regards to effectivity.
“So we’re going to be challenged when it comes to precision and the worth of it’s to see how exact these nice offenses will be. It’s going to be an incredible precious lesson for everyone, not simply the protection.”
Beginning guard Greg Van Roten, who performed the primary two years of his profession with the Packers, believes the joint practices will function “a great device…to interrupt up the monotony” of coaching camp.
“You’re going towards the identical protection day by day. It’s your guys, the drills can get slightly tedious,” Van Roten stated. “It’s a great check for our complete group to see how we stack up with one of many higher groups within the league.”