The list of training camp sites to fall victim to the lockout is up to two.
The Jets released a statement on Friday to let everybody know that they won’t be taking their show on the road to SUNY-Cortland for training camp this summer. Assuming there is a training camp, it will be held at the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. The news comes a couple of days after the Ravens made a similar announcement and you can bet that other usual hosts of NFL camps are bracing themselves for bad news.
“With all the variables presented by this unique offseason, we felt it was best for the Jets that we hold our training camp here at our practice facility,” general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. “This was not an easy decision, but it’s one we felt we needed to make in order to give us the best chance to win.”
Teams need several weeks of lead time to get all the equipment and material needed to hold training camp to offsite facilities and the uncertainty about when and if camp will be held is going to make it difficult for any team to follow normal procedures. The Jets have held camp in Cortland in each of Rex Ryan’s two seasons as head coach. Hofstra University on Long Island hosted Jets camp for the 40 years before Ryan’s arrival and the team held some workouts there last summer as well.
Sixteen teams went away for training camp before the 2010 season. There will be a lot less this summer unless the lockout ends in the next couple of weeks.