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The pros and cons of no two-a-days

For those interested in hardcore football issues, not the money stuff and legalese of the CBA talks, one of the key developments is the effective elimination of two-a-day practices in training camp.

With an emphasis on player health and safety, owners made significant concessions during the negotiations, including number of OTAs and a later start date for off-season programs. But the two-a-day matter is intriguing because camp is fast approaching.

Teams will be allowed to have a non-contact, walk-through in lieu of a second practice, but the days of two, full-pad practices reportedly are over. Teams had been trending toward this in recent years, a product of salary-cap football, but now two-a-days are history.

How will this affect the Jets? It won't affect them as much as teams with rookie coaches, installing new offensive and defensive system, but it still will have a profound impact.

Consider: During two-plus weeks in Cortland last summer, the Jets conducted 26 practices over 13 practice days. On six of those days, the second practice was a special-teams only session. That means they held seven full-squad, two-a-day practices.

For obvious reasons, the Jets haven't released their training-camp schedule, but you have to figure the two-a-day ban will cost them about 13 practices -- including several special-teams practices. Special teams honcho Mike Westhoff isn't going to be happy about that; he could lose valuable teaching time.

On the upside, the injury factor should be reduced (in theory) because players will spend less time on the field ... and that might not be such a bad thing, assuming some players won't be in the best of shape because of the work stoppage.

The Jets, like every team, will be on an accelerated program in camp (which, as you probably know, has been moved to Florham Park, N.J., because of the lockout). The players that return will be well-versed in the playbook, but it could get tricky if the Jets are forced to break in new starters. That certainly is possible at wide receiver, cornerback and safety.

The teams with the most continuity, the best veteran leadership and the best coaching are going to suffer the least. The Jets could be one of those teams. So, too, could their No. 1 rival, the Patriots.