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Jets returning to SUNY Cortland for training camp

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 2:13 am •  Published: April 24, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets are holding training camp at SUNY Cortland again this summer, returning to central New York for the fifth time in the last six years.

The team trains on the school's campus, located about three hours from the Jets' facility in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets have practiced there each summer of Rex Ryan's tenure, except for 2011 after the NFL lockout.

New York did not announce any dates Wednesday, but teams can begin camp 15 days before their first preseason game. That means the Jets can start as early as July 23, with their opener Aug. 7 at home against Indianapolis.

Ryan favors having his teams travel for camp to allow bonding among his coaches and players.

"I love the fact that we are going back to Cortland," Ryan said in a statement. "Everyone knows how I feel about going away. I think it is a big part of building our team camaraderie."

The main story line this summer likely will be the quarterback competition between Geno Smith and Michael Vick, who signed as a free agent last month. Smith, who started every game as a rookie after Mark Sanchez was hurt last preseason, said this week he's confident he'll be the starter when the Jets open the regular season.

Vick, who spent the last five years in Philadelphia, has said he thinks of Smith as the starting quarterback at this point but is looking forward to competing for the job.

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