Crowds Line Main Street to Welcome NY Jets to Cortland
With hundreds of fans chanting and lined up on Main Street in Cortland, the New York Jets rolled into town Thursday to kick off the teams three week training camp.
Cortland rolled out the welcome mat yesterday for the Jets and their fans. Around 4 o’clock yesterday three buses carrying the team’s rookies rolled down Cortland’s Main Street with a police escort.
Jets Coach Rex Ryan and several of the players got off the bus and greeted the crowd. Ryan says he’s happy to be back in Cortland and looks forward to another great training camp, he considers Cortland a home away from home.
Ryan then introduced cornerback Antonio Cromartie, Cromartie said he is also looking forward to another successful training camp and a better season than last year.
Fueling the expected battle for the coveted starting quarterback position, Ryan introduced Rookie Geno Smith who is in competition with veteran Q-B Mark Sanchez who is looking to hold on to his job after last year’s less than stellar performance.
Sanchez did not ride the team bus; he drove to the College campus and checked into camp.
Daily practices will be from 10 a.m. until noon. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 1 p.m. In addition to the action on the field, visitors can enjoy Jets Fest, a football theme park for kids, and shop for official team merchandise in the Jets Shop.
The team will hold its popular Green and White Scrimmage, during which the first-string offense and first-string defense go head-to-head in the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex, at 6 p.m. on Aug. 3.