New York Jets 2012 Training Camp Preview

REPORT DATES: July 23rd (rookies), July 26th (veterans)

SITE: SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY

CAMP OBJECTIVES: The Jets have never shied away from the spotlight during Rex Ryan's tenure as head coach, and the blockbuster acquisition of Tim Tebow from Denver back in March ensures they'll again be one of the more talked-about teams of the preseason. The move could come with some controversy as well, even though Ryan has repeatedly stated the captivating young quarterback won't be a threat to the maligned Mark Sanchez's starting job. How the Jets exactly plan to incorporate Tebow's unique skills as a runner into an offense that's now being run by ex-Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano will be something to follow all throughout camp, as will the club's uncertain situation at right tackle. New York traded for former Carolina first-round pick Jeff Otah just prior to the start of the summer sessions, but the brittle lineman failed his initial physical and the deal could end up being voided. If Otah is kept around and healthy enough to go, he'll be an overwhelming favorite to beat out pedestrian incumbent Wayne Hunter. Safety LaRon Landry, another offseason pickup, will also be trying to work his way into playing shape after missing much of last season with a lingering Achilles problem. Two other newcomers that may be in line for key roles are 2012 draft picks Stephen Hill and Quinton Coples, with second-round choice Hill a possibility to start alongside Santonio Holmes at wide receiver and first-rounder Coples slated to hold down one of the ends on a defense that's expected to utilize more 4-3 looks this year.


Aug. 10 - at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 - vs. N.Y. Giants, 7 p.m. Aug. 26 - vs. Carolina, 8 p.m. Aug. 30 - at Philadelphia, 6:35 p.m.