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The give and take on two-a-days

Quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) calls a play in

Quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) calls a play in the huddle during Jets training camp in Cortland, N.Y. (Aug. 4, 2010) Credit: AP

It seems as if the elimination of padded two-a-day practices is causing some ideological division within the Jets.

Responding to Jets linebacker Bart Scott's comments saying that eliminating two-a-days would make football "soft," RG Brandon Moore, also the team player representative, said he thought Scott was "taken out of context."

"No one actually got rid of two-a-days," Moore said of the agreed-upon condition in the bargaining agreement, which says that players can practice with pads once a day. "It's just gotten cleaned up and player health and safety is a big part of that. Now Bart, I think he's cleaned it up himself."

Moore added that it was mostly a non-issue for the Jets.

"Rex takes care of his guys," he said. "There are a couple of systems out there that maybe weren't coming along with the times as far as taking care of guys and protecting them as best they can, so the rule is to help guys in that situation and make it uniform." 

Regardless, CB Dwight Lowery wasn't completely sold.

"It's a staple of football," he said, speaking to media at the Jets training facility in Florham Park, NJ. "[It's part of] the bonding - everyone going through the grind. I don't know if it'll be as much of a grind as it will be in the past."

Lowery's thoughts were in the same vein as Scott's, who said getting rid of two-a-days was "wimping out, making football more soft."

"I get concerned you're making football players weaker because you don't push them past the threshold," he said to the Star-Ledger.

Nick Mangold, meanwhile, said he was all for it.

"I think it's good protection for the players," he said. "We've been really fortunate with Rex that I don't think anything is going to change for us."

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