FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Todd Bowles routinely asked his players one question during the offseason: “How old do you have to be to win?”
With a gutted roster that features plenty of inexperience and far less veteran leadership than in past years, the Jets will need contributions from everyone. Even so, Bowles said he never had any doubts about starting Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.
“They can play,” he said, adding that the pair is “a lot farther along” than the rookie safeties he’s been around. “It’s rare that these types of things happen, but those guys showed so much in the spring . . . and they can only get better. Their maturity level, as far as learning the plays, exceeded what we wanted or our expectations as rookies. Those guys are ready to play.”
Commish coming to town
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will host a fan forum for select season-ticket holders at the Jets’ facility Monday. Running back Matt Forte and Jamal Adams will participate in the event, which will give fans the opportunity to ask panelists questions about the Jets and the NFL.
Real fun begins Monday
Monday is when camp “really starts,” according to Bowles. It’ll mark the first padded practice. He added, “You get to see T-shirts and shorts, two-hand touch is fine, but you’ve got to see if guys can get off blocks, you’ve got to see if guys can block and you’ve got to see if quarterbacks can throw with the timing disrupted and [defensive backs] can cover and reroute, all those types of things, so you get a better assessment.”
The Jets’ scouting internship, which runs from the end of July to the first week of September, is designed to give women who are interested in scouting an opportunity to gain exposure to pro and college scouting. The Jets have three female scouting interns: Callie Brownson, Rachel Huhn and Marirose Roach.
CB Morris Clairborne did not practice for personal reasons but will return Monday, Bowles said . . . Rookie WRs ArDarius Stewart (thumb, groin surgeries) and Chad Hansen (knee) again were held out of team drills. DB Corey White (back) also did not practice . . . CB Bryson Keeton was waived and CB David Rivers was signed.