The New York Jets began a three-day lockout minicamp Monday that drew approximately 40 to 45 players to a school in New Jersey, according to sources.
This was the team's first full-squad workout since the start of the lockout, an expanded version of Mark Sanchez's "Jets West" camp last month in Southern California.
Unlike "Jets West," which was publicized and open to the media, the team managed to keep this quiet. Concerned with potential security issues, the players decided to keep it a secret and close the sessions to fans and media, sources said.
It's hard to imagine the big-talking, camera-loving Jets from doing anything in private, but that apparently was the agreement between the players.
Once again, Sanchez was the organizer. Dozens of players flew in from out of town to attend the "camp," which runs through Wednesday. It comes at a time when the Jets, in a normal offseason, would be conducting their veterans' minicamp.
Every player on the roster was invited to attend, including the free agents. It wasn't immediately known if wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, two of the Jets' marquee free agents, attended the first practice.
Like the "Jets West" passing camp, which drew about 14 offensive skill-position players to Sanchez's hometown in Mission Viejo, Calif., the format included a film-watching session before the players took the field for drills.
Throughout the work stoppage, Jets players have been working out in pockets around the country, mostly in New Jersey. Just recently, nose tackle Sione Pouha and defensive end Mike DeVito organized defensive-line workouts at a high school in Morris County.
Sanchez and a couple of his receivers have been working out at a high school not far from the Jets' facility in Florham Park, N.J. Training camp is scheduled to begin in seven weeks.
Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.