The Jets hosted their fourth annual Town Hall Tuesday night at the Atlantic Health Training Center. More than 100 season ticket holders attended the event that featured a Q&A with head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan.
"Thank you to the Jets fans that came out tonight because you are our most loyal," said Bob Wischusen, the voice of the Jets who emceed the gathering. "This is rare that organizations will allow you have to have this type of an intimate setting with the coach and the general manager to ask them questions."
The night began with remarks from team president Neil Glat, highlighting three pillars the organization stands on — football, the fans and the community. Glat then dove into this year's new fan initiatives, which include the continuation of the use of virtual reality and the expansion of the Jets Rewards program and the Jets mobile app.
Fans Ask GM Mike Maccagnan and HC Todd Bowles Questions at the 2017 Town Hall Held at 1 Jets Drive
"We really appreciate the time, value and commitment you make to the team each year," he said. "It's really critical to us. Season ticket holders are without a doubt the lifeblood of the New York Jets. We're really thrilled to have you here and to host this event."
Following a highlight video that recapped the offseason and a recap video of the community events this past season, Bowles gave a status report on his team in their second week of OTAs.
"My first impression is they came back hungry," he said. "They understand what happened last year and they understand what they need to do to get better. They're all working together, which is a big thing. They're developing chemistry."
Fans then lined up and asked Bowles and Maccagnan questions. Facetiously, one fan asked who the starting quarterback will be on opening day, knowing Bowles wouldn't answer. (He didn't.) Another fan, who got married last year in lot L7 of MetLife Stadium before the Seattle game, gave his endorsement of the youth movement, noting the play of Darron Lee, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Brandon Shell and Deon Simon.
"I think the one important thing of the people you just mentioned, and all of those guys did some good things a year ago, but they still have to continue to progress and do well," Maccagnan said. "None of these guys have done anything yet in terms of being a guarantee to make the roster, but all those guys had good offseasons. They all came back, worked and trained well. Time will tell how good they'll be. Obviously we have high hopes for every player on our team, but we'll see what kind of jump these guys make this year."
To close out the night, fans had the opportunity to tour the facility, the place their Green & White players call home.