Practice? We're talking about practice?
This year's Jets Green and White scrimmage has been replaced by the Green and White practice, Saturday at 7 p.m. at MetLife Stadium.
In years past, former coach Rex Ryan would hold a scrimmage during training camp (usually at SUNY Cortland), that would semi-resemble an actual game. There would be live tackling and various 11-on-11 matchups with the offense and defense.
But Saturday's intrasquad session is being run more like a glorified practice by new coach Todd Bowles. And he has his reasons.
"We have some hitting going on here,'' Bowles said Friday, when asked about his decision to ditch the scrimmage idea. "We've been hitting a long time. It's been a long week, maybe if it was a shorter week and we got going, maybe it would have been a scrimmage game.
"We hit a lot here and it's another continuation of our process. We're not going to break our camp mode. They'll be hitting up front and those types of things. So, maybe if they get down to the goal line we'll tackle, but for the most part we'll try to keep them upright.''