The Jets broke training camp this week. Here are five lessons we received from camp in 2016.
1. Breno Giacomini is injured.
We all knew guys like Muhammad Wilkerson, Khiry Robinson, and Devin Smith were on the mend from serious lower body injuries entering training camp. We expected them to start camp on the physically unable to perform list. Giacomini starting camp there was a surprise. We had heard little to make it seem like Giacomini was dealing with a back problem before camp started, but now we know his status for Week 1 is very much in doubt.
2. Almost all of the other injured Jets are healing well.
Giacomini and Devin Smith are the only Jets left on the PUP list. Many expected Devin Smith to start the regular season there so that is no great shock. Wilkerson, Robinson, and James Carpenter all came off it as camp progressed, and Matt Forte appears to be on track for Week 1 after recovering from a hamstring ailment.
3. The Jets are going to have some tough decisions to make at wide receiver in a good way.
Charone Peake, Robby Anderson, and Jalin Marshall have flashed in the first two preseason games, but they first made an impact with strong practices in training camp.
4. Brandon Marshall is the Jets' "best shape of his career guy."
Every year, every team has one veteran player who comes into camp, and declares he is in the best shape of his career. This guy is supposed to be in for a big season as a result. This year, Brandon Marshall is that guy for the Jets. He dropped weight in the offseason at Todd Bowles' request. Marshall joked that he was on the Todd Bowles diet.
5. Christian Hackenberg is not going to be a factor for the Jets in 2016.
This is not a shocker. Going in, most of us felt like Hackenberg was a long-term developmental project who would not have much of a role as a rookie. Part of you might have wondered whether he could use the experience he gained in Bill O'Brien's pro system as a freshman and play his way into a discussion at least for the backup quarterback job. As it turns out, Hackenberg is entrenched in the number four spot and is struggling to even get practice reps. He has not even gotten a single snap in the two preseason games.