Jets fans show their enthusiasm for their team during a...

Jets fans show their enthusiasm for their team during a Jets practice at Hofstra University in Hempstead last year. Here, Mark Sanchez hands off to LaDainian Tomlinson. (Aug. 25, 2010) Credit: David Pokress

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan plans on giving the Hamburglar a reprieve when the Jets venture to Long Island Thursday.

"We will be traveling with our cheeseburgers on the bus this year, if I've got to go down here and buy them myself," Ryan joked Wednesday. "There will not be that issue."

In other words, there's no need for the McDonald's at the corner of Uniondale Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike to prepare for a Jets player to pop by, asking for 50 burgers, before the team hits the field for its third annual open practice at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium.

Last year's one-day excursion to their Long Island roots became rather infamous when HBO's "Hard Knocks" later aired footage of defensive backs Antonio Cromartie and Dwight Lowery handing out cheeseburgers to teammates on the field. They were purchased at the McDonald's located a deep out pattern from the stadium.

"I think we are minus the cheeseburgers this year," linebacker Bart Scott said. "But going out to Hofstra, that's where our fan base is, being that this team was originally out on Long Island. So, I think it's always good to not forget about the people out there, and then go and let them see their team and interact with their players."

The practice, which drew more than 10,000 last year, is free and open to the public. It kicks off at 6 p.m. and should conclude around 8, with an autograph session immediately afterward. Gates open at 4 p.m., the same time as the Jets Fest fan experience begins.

"It's great," quarterback Mark Sanchez said. "You get a lot of fans on Twitter and people you see in passing, either in the city or New Jersey or whatever say, 'I'm from Long Island, I wish you guys were still out here.'

"So this is kind of us paying respect to them and thanking them for being great fans for such a long time. Sure, we moved to New Jersey, but that's still our home over there, too. So we're excited to go back."

Said Ryan: "It's just one day. It's a little inconvenient, but so what? These are a big group of our fans, we're proud of that. Maybe some of the fans can't get to games, but they can see us at a practice.

"So we enjoy it. It's what we do. That's just one of the things we'll do now."

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