Jets’ joint practices with Packers will be ‘valuable’

The Jets principally have strayed away from holding joint practices with opposing NFL groups in recent times, doing it simply as soon as since 2005.

First-year head coach Robert Saleh believes the Jets’ first joint classes since understanding with Washington in 2018 will be “valuable” for his crew — particularly for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson.  

The Jets will share a area with reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at their follow facility in Green Bay on Wednesday and Thursday earlier than the groups sq. off in Week 2 of the preseason Saturday afternoon at Lambeau Field. The Jets additionally will play host to the Eagles for 2 practices subsequent week in Florham Park forward of the preseason finale in opposition to one another Friday evening at MetLife Stadium.

“I think we can get a lot out of it. It’s an opportunity to compete against a championship roster,” Saleh mentioned Tuesday earlier than the Jets departed for Wisconsin. “Obviously, a brand new set of performs, scheme, each offensively, defensively, and even particular groups.

Jets coach Robert Saleh.
Jets coach Robert Saleh.
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“You get to lean on a different body for a couple of days. I value these things greatly. If you go in there with the right intent to compete and not look at it like it’s a free-for-all where you’re trying to do extra. I think they’re just valuable.”

The earlier time the Jets held joint practices with the now-Washington Football Team in Richmond three summers in the past, two brawls broke out between the groups, together with one which spilled into an space of followers.

“They know, but it’s also something we talk about. … This isn’t street ball,” Saleh mentioned. “We’re going on the market, we’re going to compete. We’re going to work our strategies, our fundamentals. Just like we do in opposition to one another.

“We’re going to respect our opponent, we’re going to respect what they’re trying to get done, also. We’re going to do everything we can to get better. We’re anticipating a good, clean, week of competition.”

That mutual respect dates again to Saleh and Packers head coach Matt LaFleur serving as graduate assistants collectively at Central Michigan in 2004. LaFleur’s youthful brother, Mike, labored alongside Saleh on the teaching workers with the 49ers and was employed to be his first offensive coordinator with the Jets.

Matt LaFleur
Matt LaFleur
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“I think it’s cool. Obviously, Matt, and the entire LaFleur family, we’re very, very close,” Saleh mentioned. “When we have been sitting there as GAs at Central Michigan, I don’t suppose we ever thought this might occur. But it’s fairly cool that it did.

“I think [that relationship] helps. We’ve had a lot of discussion to make sure we’re both getting the work that we need. … There’s not as much guard up with regards to communication and protecting, if you will. Just a good collaboration to make sure that we’re both getting the work in that we need to get the most out of this practice.”

Saleh’s protection ought to obtain a stern check from the extremely environment friendly Green Bay offense, which led the league in scoring final season. The 22-year-old Wilson, who mentioned earlier this month that he’s “always been a Rodgers guy,” additionally ought to profit from the chance to look at the two-time league MVP work in particular person.

“You can learn a lot. This is an organization and offense that’s year three in their system now. They’re efficient, they’re fast, obviously a hall of fame quarterback in Aaron Rodgers,” Saleh mentioned. “We’re going to see a scheme that’s on level with regards to effectivity.

“So we’re going to be challenged in terms of precision and the value of it is to see how precise these great offenses can be. It’s going to be a tremendous valuable lesson for everybody, not just the defense.”

Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers
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Starting guard Greg Van Roten, who performed the primary two years of his profession with the Packers, believes the joint practices will function “a good tool…to break up the monotony” of coaching camp.

“You’re going against the same defense every day. It’s your guys, the drills can get a little tedious,” Van Roten mentioned. “It’s a good test for our entire team to see how we stack up with one of the better teams in the league.”

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