The Jets' first public scrimmage in new Meadowlands Stadium today has drawn a very respectable crowd even though the weather isn't as nice as it was for yesterday's Giants scrimmage. No doubt, Jets owner Woody Johnson will have something to say to the weather gods about favoring the Giants.
Newsday colleague Bob Glauber was here yesterday for a scrimmage that reportedly was attended by about 10,000 fans, and his impression is that the jets have drawn a larger crowd. Even so, an estimate of 10,000 seems a little high. But if everyone sat on the same side, the lower tier on the press box side would be close to full fdrom the back of one end zone to the back of the other end zone. Not bad.
The Jets cheerleaders are in midseason form, but the players came out for a light workout clad in shorts and just the tiny shell shoulder pads. It's a very relaxed affair that hardly looks serious. For the moment, the Jets are just finished working on punt coverage, and QB Mark Sanchez was lofting passes to the receivers in the east end zone. A crew from HBO: The Buzz is here gathering promotional material for the future "Hard Knocks" show that will be seen during Jets training camp.
It's good to see the formidable body of nose tackle Kris Jenkins back on the field after recovering from knee surgery. There are an awful lot of new faces to blend in, starting with OLB Jason Taylor, backup RB LaDainian Tomlinson and WR Santonio Holmes. CB Kyle Wilson and OT Vladimir Ducasse, the top two draft picks, also will be watched closely by the fans this summer in training camp. Potential holdouts, CB Darrelle Revis and C Nick Mangold, are among those going through their paces in the drills.
We'll be back later after this workout with plenty of quotes and notes out of the locker room following the last required work before training camp on Aug. 1.