TheJetsBlog’s guide to training camp in Cortland (with map)

cortland jets camp

Jets players reported Wednesday afternoon to SUNY Cortland in Cortland, NY to begin training camp for their first practice on Thursday, July 24 at 10 a.m.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

For most football fans, it is all about the sixteen regular seasons games. But for my money, I love Jets training camp. I love watching young players improve from year to year, to see NFLers work on technique and skill up close, witness who the vocal leaders are of any position group and watch what wrinkles the coaches work into the play packages. But most of all, I love to see players fighting for roster spots and working to make every rep count before the team winnows the roster from 90 players to just 53.

To me, it is thrilling.

During practice days, the team trains on two practice fields at the west end of the SUNY Cortland campus. Signage is well marked as you enter town from any highway exit of I-81 and the parking is a short walk to the fields. On the way, be sure to check out the Jets Fan Fest which has souvenirs and activities for kids.

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As far as watching the players? The areas where fans can roam are slimmer than at Mets camp, but there’s generally plenty of room to get close to the fence and watch the team. There are small sets of stands set up which would provide good perspective on both fields, and the best viewing spots where you won’t have to move much would be along the sidelines on the field where the filming towers are set up for the day. Generally, only one field gets the towers and that’s the field where they do offense on defensive scrimmaging toward the end of practice, and that’s generally the most exciting part of the practice.

For the uninitiated, practice is an ever broadening confluence. Players start with stretches and warm-ups. Then do some warm up work with their position group. The warm-ups turn into drills that might include another position group (ie. quarterbacks throwing to receivers) and then those drills begin to include opposing players (ie. quarterbacks throwing to receivers with defensive backs in coverage) until it is full eleven-on-eleven scrimmaging.

Also, be sure to check out which players are on the small side field on the bike or doing conditioning work. It might tell you who is dealing with injuries and who likely won’t be practicing. This year I’ve christened the conditioning field The Santonio Holmes Memorial Field. No, not really.


Revis headed back to the group after playing safety in a drill. #jetscamp2012

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Look for these, it’s on the field where the best parts of practice will be

Looking for autographs? Players sign at the conclusion of practice. Different position groups have weight training or meetings on different days, so you generally will see many players of the same position on a given day spending time signing for fans. While players generally will sign all over the fields, your best bet may be to move to the eastern (restricted and high-fenced) side of the field, as players walk back east to their facilities after practice ends.

Very good barbecue.

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A local favorite, be sure to get a piece of Mom’s Pie.

Also, since there’s no more two-a-day practices, there is a lot of down time in Cortland – especially for folks who come in for more than a day. Since the town is less than an hour to Syracuse and many other excellent sites in the Central New York region, I’ve put together a Foursquare list of locations of interest, along with some of the favorite watering holes close to campus of coaches, players and media.

Foursquare: Insider’s Guide to Jets Training Camp




74 comments
Brendan
Brendan

This whole Ray Rice business is just appalling. 


Terrell Pryor got suspended 5 games for getting free tattoos and Ray Rice gets 2 for knocking a woman unconscious. Then ESPN and NFL battle over who can have the worst take on it, with ESPN's "was the Commish lenient enough?" vs. NFL Network's "the iron fist of the NFL Offices" nonsense. 


Does anyone live on this planet anymore? Who the hell are these idiots? 

jsadolph
jsadolph

Vick is such a team player.  He is throwing picks already, just to further kill all QB controversy rumors.

jaym
jaym

amazing

@AlbertBreer

John Harbaugh told reporters in Baltimore that CB Aaron Ross tore his Achilles during the team's conditioning test.

jsadolph
jsadolph

Can I buy a Saunders jersey now.  I think he is already my favorite little guy.

Brendan
Brendan

Saunders is already beasting in practice. All aboard the Jalen hype train!

Brendan
Brendan

Further evidence Willie is a short call away from practicing: Aboushi is at RG. He was noted to have done better at LG, but it appears he's just keeping a seat warm at RG until Willie gets back. Winters is now back at his LG spot. 

nesboogie
nesboogie

So is Pryor w/ the 1st team D, or is it just Allen and Landry

Bent
Bent moderator

Hey, I believe you guys can comment in the training camp updates thread now, but I'm not sure (it might just be that I can because I have mod's rights.)


Could one of you go and try it and then obviously feel free to chime in.


http://thejetsblog.com/2014-jets-training-camp-updates/

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

Yay - excited to vicariously experience training camp through this site

Brendan
Brendan

Justin Blackmon arrested again...

tsjc68
tsjc68

I'm going to enjoy The Life Of Reilly.

juunit
juunit

@Brendan 

Welcome to The People's Republic of Football. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan

Terrell Pryor got suspended 5 games FOR SOMETHING THAT IS NOT A VIOLENT CRIME OR A VIOLATION OF ANY PENAL STATUTE WHATSOEVER THAT HAPPENED BEFORE HE WAS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE NFL, you mean.



jsadolph
jsadolph

@Brendan 

I guess you can get your ban reduced if you scare the woman into marring you after the fact.

tsjc68
tsjc68

Man, he's gonna score so many touchdowns this year, he's going to have to hitchhike back from the end zone, amirite Manish?

Brendan
Brendan

@jaym Breer is one of my favorite follows on Twitter for NFL commentary. You can tell he cares about his job, but doesn't take himself too seriously like so many of these guys do. 

__fense
__fense

@jaym worst thing that can happen during a conditioning test.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@jsadolph

You can get in line behind Bradysucks, who has been piloting the Saunders hype train since the beginning (after wistfully failing to get a chance to pilot the Tavon Austin Hype Train, and, yeah, Jalen Saunders in R4 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tavon Austin in the top 10)

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Brendan I'm completely obsessed watching the training camp updates.... I'm going to be fired before the 1st preseason game even gets here.

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent The way that thread is set up, I don't think it's going to get many comments. The old way (where the scroll was separate from the comments) seemed to encourage more discussion. 

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Bent There is a reply to each tweet where you can comment

Brendan
Brendan

@jsadolph 


Fan - "He knocked a woman out cold!" 


Gingerhammer - "Yeah, but at least he didn't smoke any pots!" 

bklyndude
bklyndude

@tsjc68

Manish is going to double down on his first welched bet. 

If all twelve draft picks make the team, THEN....I will hitchhike back home as long as it's not to far.

Brian Bassett
Brian Bassett moderator

@Brendan @jsadolph Receiver also stopped short on the route.  It was the receivers fault as Rex said during the presser after practice.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@tsjc68 @jsadolph 

Yeah, I will take Boss and Milner over Tavon.  And we still got Saunders.  Win/Win

jsadolph
jsadolph

@BDarc23 @Brendan 

I was the same with the first few days of FA.  But somehow I made it through it.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Brendan @Bent I agree. The tweets probably come in too fast to have discussion under one individual tweet.

Brendan
Brendan

@jsadolph Eh, I don't think it's that funny anymore, the dude needs some help, someone to smack some sense into him and get him to straighten out his act. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @jsadolph

Fan #2: So why is Josh Gordon suspended for the year?

Gingerhammer: Because it's not his first time smoking pot, it's his second time smoking pot.  When Ray Rice knocks a woman unconscious and drags her out of an elevator on camera again, the penalty will be more severe for the second incident of woman-punching.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@BDarc23 @Brendan @Bent

Yup.  I waded in there and appreciate it for what it is, but it's not a system that fosters commenting discussions.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@Brendan @jsadolph 

To me it sounds like he doesn't want any help.  It is sad to see him flame out the way he has.  But you can see from people like Dez Bryant, that if you want help, you can turn your life around.  But for every one of those stories there is 10 of guys that just refuse to grow up and take the Goodson route.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@tsjc68 @jsadolph 

Maybe he will shut up about it when he sees Saunders in action and steps back and looks at the bigger picture.

Oh, you said BS said that............nevermind.

juunit
juunit

@jsadolph @Brendan 

Yeah, some people just don't ever figure it out, or they do when it's way too late. 

I'm thinking Blackmon may get cut, and I don't really see any team picking him up either.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@jsadolph @tsjc68

He won't be happy until we have a top 10 offense, and then he'll complain that we don't have a top 3 offense, at which point he'll lament that we don't have the best offense in the league.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@juunit @jsadolph @Brendan 

I used to think that the University of Miami had the most arrests.  But Oklahoma State is starting to run away with the title.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@BDarc23 @juunit @jsadolph @Brendan

I agree, he'll get another shot, but he'll probably have to sit out a few years first while backlash subsides and after he proves he's taking things more seriously (like with rehab and such).

tsjc68
tsjc68

@juunit @BDarc23 @jsadolph @Brendan

Man, the Jaguars sure can pick 'em, eh?


Justin Blackmon... Ace Sanders... Reggie Williams... Matt Jones... 


Some teams like to spread their pot-smoking, drug-toking, league-suspension-getting controversy magnets throughout the roster, but I guess Jacksonville likes all their daytrippers to be concentrated at WR at all times.


We should start a pool to see who gets suspended first: Allen Robinson or Marqise Lee.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@tsjc68 @juunit @BDarc23 @jsadolph @Brendan

The Jaguars might need to consider hiring Eric Mangini so he can draft some choir boys.  

And since there not to far from Naples, they can probably pick up a new fan along the way.

juunit
juunit

@tsjc68 @juunit @BDarc23 @jsadolph @Brendan 

Ha. Far as I know they're both actually great kids. I think the Jags may have learned their lesson. 

The only controversy surrounding either of them was Lee not signing his contract, but he did last week before camp started. So, close, but no cigar. 

Maybe it's just a Florida thing? The Dolphins aren't exactly the model of personal excellence.