The first day of training camp is one of my favorite days of the year. As an eternal optimist myself, why wouldn't it be?
All the players are here, bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to get down to business. They think they will be better, stronger, faster than ever, and with no practices on day one, there's no evidence to suggest otherwise. It really is the day for the optimist, the fan who thinks we can get to the playoffs and take home a title, why not? We've got as good a record as anyone else.
I was eagerly anticipating some communication from the Jets PR department and the quotes came flying in soon after the players reported for camp. I could write 100 articles today using the optimistic quotes from yesterday, and we've been starved for football talk for so long, you probably wouldn't mind all that much. However I'm concentrating on the offense at the moment and the Jets #1a receiver thinks the team is set for a burst of excitement this season, after being asked about if he believes the team will be more explosive:
I do, I definitely do. Throughout the offseason program we did a good job of installing the new offense. Everyone is feeling comfortable. We've still got a ways to go, obviously, but that's what training camp is for, get bumps out of the way and define who we're going to be and find out what we're good at. We should have a good offensive showing.
The Jets drafted speedy deep threat Devin Smith from Ohio State with their 2nd round selection in 2015 and although he's not slated to come in and start straight away, he will offer the Jets something they haven't had in a long time, someone who can take the top off the defense and create space underneath for the more possession based receivers.
The Jets did add a historical #1 receiver to the fold in Brandon Marshall, and although he may be in his twilight, I still expect him to have a massive year in 2015, and Eric Decker is excited about adding the former Chicago Bear:
It's exciting. He's obviously, a proven receiver in this league. He's a 10-year vet that's done a lot. You have to know where he's at and that just opens the door for everyone on the field, myself included. Looking forward to more one-on-one match ups and however coach is going to disguise and put us in different places or whatever he has planned. Our job is to get open and catch the football, so that's what we're going to work on and the more weapons you can get on the field at one time, the harder it is for defenses. That's what I'm excited to have.
Strap in guys, it's going to be all positive around here for at least a week.