Cortland, New York, here we come.
The Green & White are beginning to come together. The rookies, first-year players and veterans coming off injuries are working here at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center (these sessions are closed to fans and media). Then the rest of the vets arrive and the team journeys up to SUNY Cortland in central New York State on Thursday to begin Rex Ryan's first training camp as head coach.
As always, newyorkjets.com is planning blanket coverage, which of course won't stop until the Jets' season is over sometime early in 2010.
Eric Allen and I will be at Cortland on Thursday to report on the arrival of the players and to be ready for the first whistle of the first-two-a-day of camp around 8:15 a.m. Friday morning.
You'll get feature stories on all the unfolding "Hot Topics" of camp — EA will conclude his feature with the top 10 topics today — plus blogs on all practices, summaries of all of Rex's news conferences and reports and comments from the fans who are up there with us in Cortland, who are planning to make the trek, or are following the camp from back home, wherever home may be.
Audio? Eric and I will be hosting daily Jets Radio Web shows (call them "Two-Minute Drive: Summer Edition") available each afternoon and featuring players, coaches and national and local reporters.
And you'll get to hear the call of the Green & White practice at Cortland on Aug. 6 by the voices of the Jets, play-by-play man Bob Wischusen and analyst Marty Lyons, with contributions from EA and me. This practice will not be carried by any other radio/online outlet.
Video? We'll have plenty from Rich Gentile and Ryann Ruzika in our multimedia department, plus segments from SNY, our broadcast partner, and NFL.com.
And there's Twitter. Late Monday we just cleared 5,000 followers at http://twitter/nyjets — we've had a 6,000 percent increase in our followers since we began sending out highlights from the April veteran minicamp just 3½ months ago. Join the fun. We'll be tweeting the big plays and developments from each and every practice of camp.
Assisting us at camp with the writing, interviewing and recording will be Kyle Richardson, who's worked in the Jets media relations department and has written for bleacherreport.com, and Deborah Handy, our Cortland intern who's done extensive work at the college radio station.
We've got a lot in store for you. Wherever you and your friends go for your Jets news, you need to stop by and see what we've got for you this summer. And summer is finally here.
And the Fan Line Number Is ...
Just a reminder that the Jets' training camp fan line number is 973-549-4844. Each day the line will provide information on the next day's practice times, Jets Fest and Jets Shop schedules and information in the event of inclement weather or practice changes. You can also find all this information on newyorkjets.com, and we will post all pertinent changes on Twitter as well.
Grab Your Seats
I'm hearing from the Jets ticket office that there is a limited number of season tickets available for the coming season. These seats are expected to be gone by the start of the season, but if you're interested in this rare opportunity to see the 2009 Jets in action, go to newyorkjets.com/tickets.