Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jets' Idzik primed for camp: 'Now we start to hit'


The New York Jets are in Cortland, priming to hit the field Thursday for the first training camp practice of 2014.

Consider second-year general manager John Idzik ready.

“Now we’re living together, now we don the pads (and) now we start to hit," Idzik said, via "We’re playing in a couple of weeks, so it feels like this is the dawn of the 2014 season and just coming together.

“One nice thing about going away to camp, to Cortland, is you feel like it’s just you and it kind of lends to that building as a team.”

Idzik is more comfortable with his surroundings this time around having done it once before. Last year, he was learning on the go as a rookie GM and newcomer to the organization.

“This time around there’s more stability—not only stability in people, but stability in procedures and how you were going to handle camp,” he said. “I had literally a one-day trip introduction to Cortland last year. Now having gone through a camp, you just know what to expect."

It will be a telling camp for Idzik. Last year, the Jets were quiet in free agency and rather young across the board. The team over-achieved by most accounts, winning three of the last four games to finish 8-8.

Having bolstered the offensive side of the ball with seasoned veterans Michael Vick, Chris Johnson and Eric Decker and some intriguing up-and-comers on defense, there should be a few more eyes on the Jets than in 2013.

“This is a new year, a brand new conglomerate of players,” he said. “Just a whole new set of circumstances."

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