The Jets' summer scrimmages have undergone an evolution since the joint sessions with the Giants in Albany, N.Y., in 2004-05 under Herm Edwards and the "Green & White Game" with no fans in the stands and no tackling to the ground at Fordham in 2007 under Eric Mangini.
Head coach Rex Ryan had a vision of taking his new team to a far-off training camp to develop toughness and togetherness on his Jets, and that vision included a little something in early August that has become the annual Green & White Scrimmage.
To get you ready for your G&W experience, here's a trip down memory lane for the first four years of scrimmages under Ryan:
Aug. 6, 2009 at Cortland (attendance: 6,100)
The big attraction for the first scrimmage at Cortland was the duel between Kellen Clemens and first-round pick
RB Thomas Jones was held to 15 yards on seven carries, rookie Shonn Greene on a sore ankle to 25 yards on six rushes. Defensively, said Ryan, “I thought there was some good tackling out there. The three guys that really jumped out at me were [David] Harris, [Kenwin] Cummings and Lito Sheppard. I thought our 'backers did a nice job of making some good open-field tackles.”
Aug. 7, 2010 at Cortland (attendance: 9,500)
The offense began this Green & White Scrimmage with a bang as Sanchez hit RB LaDainian Tomlinson on a straight go-route past Harris for a 70-yard touchdown. RB Chauncey Washington added a late TD run.
"I'm excited about where we are as a football team," Ryan said. "Last year I think we went two hours before we scored. We had to stop it on cuts. This offense is better. They'll be able to beat you different ways this year."
Aug. 15, 2011, at Houston
Ryan juggled his summer schedule due to the late resolution of the lockout and the Jets' entire training camp being held at the Atlantic Health Training Center. "Our Green & White Scrimmage will be when we play Houston," he said. "We're down practices and I never thought it was appropriate. So we'll just have it in our Houston game."
The Jets lost that Monday night game at Reliant Stadium, 20-16, as Chris Ogbonnaya scored a TD at the two-minute warning after
Aug. 4, 2012, at Cortland (attendance: 9,420)
In the "first half" the defense dominated as LBs
Mark Sanchez generated one touchdown on the first drive of the "second half" on 7-of-9 passing. Then on the last drive of the night rookie
"Did I expect the defense to dominate the scrimmage? I did," Ryan said, "just because we had a lot of guys out and the defense doesn't really care who they face. They're going to go out and play."
Tonight it's time for the 2013 Jets team to come out and play for its largest crowd of camp and get one day closer to the start of the season.