There are many approaches to NFL training camp. For 40 years the Jets held their camp at their trainining facility on the grounds of Hofstra University. Other teams also stay close to home.
But others still look further afield, to sites that subject a team and its players to a spartan environment, away from familiar surroundings, to produce a unit knit tightly by adversity that is ready out of the starting gate to take on the rigors of an NFL season.
Head coach Rex Ryan's Jets may try this last approach to training camp this summer.
"Coach Ryan is looking to find a more isolated environment for training camp to promote team building and we are researching potential locations," said Bruce Speight, the Jets' senior director of media relations. "However, any plans will also include community events at our Atlantic Health Jets Training Center and on Long Island prior to the start of the regular season."
The team is seeking a balance, wanting to maintain ties to its longtime base and to the communities surrounding its new home in Florham Park, N.J., while also finding that right spot to conduct Ryan's first camp as an NFL head coach.
The Ravens, whom Ryan coached with for the previous 10 seasons, have held their past 13 training camps at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., which is located 30 minutes from the Ravens' practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., and 50 minutes from downtown Baltimore.
At this point, nothing has been decided and, Speight said, "No options have been ruled out."
We'll keep you posted on details of Jets training camp as we get them.