The New York Jets had a variety of reactions to their rainy homecoming to SUNY Cortland on Tuesday afternoon for the start of their fifth training camp in six years in Cortland, the small college town of 20,000 located between Syracuse and Binghamton.
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“I do feel like the first day my parents dropped me off," Pryor said. "My mom was crying — she didn’t want to leave me. And even the dorm rooms ... it all brings back memories.”
It could be that the change of scenery and the chance to build team camaraderie away from home are just what keep head coach Rex Ryan and his coaching staff coming back to Cortland year after year.
“I love it here. I think everybody loves it here," said Jeff Weeks, assistant coach working with the defensive line and linebackers, adding that he thinks Ryan is "right on" for wanting to take the team away from home.
"It's kind of an old-school mentality, but I think you get to learn [about] your players. We've got four guys —
Pryor believes he will look back on this camp fondly. “It is definitely a great memory, things I can look back on," he said. "I can share these moments with my kids and my grandkids. It’s just a blessing.”
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What were the Jets bringing with them to help pass the time between practices, meetings and lifts? The one thing Pryor absolutely had to bring to camp, he said, was his cellphone, which he uses to stay up to date on all things football and to watch motivational clips of boxer Floyd Mayweather.
As for Vick, he said he is relying on a picture of his wife and kids to help him get through training camp.
The Jets open training camp this morning in shirts and shorts, no pads, beginning at 10 am. Admission to all training camp practices is free. And the forecasts for Thursday and Friday are for temperatures to be in the mid-70s, partly sunny, and no rain.