The New York Jets are taking their talents to South Beach. Hopefully it goes better for them than their cross-town rivals (the New York Giants) the last time their wide receiver corps took a trip down to South Beach prior to their 2016 wildcard game.Sam Darnold, Le'Veon Bell and the majority of the Jets' other skill position players will take part in a three-day passing camp this week in Miami, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. Receivers Breshad Perriman, Jamison Crowder, Denzel Mims and tight end Chris Herndon are also expected to participate in the workouts, which is slated to begin on Thursday.
The workouts will be held at Bommarito Performance Systems in Aventura, where Bell, Perriman and Gore train throughout the offseason. The facility where the Jets will workout is less than 30 minutes away from the Miami Dolphins' training facility. Despite their close proximity to one of their AFC East rivals, Pete Bommarito, the president of Bommarito Performance Systems, is confident that the Jets will receive maximum privacy.
"Privacy is the key, in addition to having a phenomenal field," Bommarito said on Tuesday. "We're providing a good environment. It's easy. It's safe. The players feel comfortable here."
This will be the first time that Darnold will have the opportunity to throw to Perriman and Mims, two players the Jets acquired during the offseason. The Ravens' first-round pick in the 2015 draft, Perriman, who spent the 2019 season with the Buccaneers, set career highs in receptions (36), yards (645) and touchdowns (six) last season. Mims, the 59th overall pick in this year's draft, caught 66 passes for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns during his final season at Baylor.
Darnold, who went 7-6 as the Jets' starting quarterback last season, will also get the chance to work with Gore, who enters the 2020 season as the third leading rusher in league history. In New York, Gore will look to complement former All-Pro Le'Veon Bell, whose work load is expected to decrease in 2020 after he averaged 21 touches per game during his first season with the Jets.
Following their workouts in Miami, the Jets will disperse before coming together for training camp, which is expected to take place in late July. With Tom Brady now out of the division, the Jets, Bills and Dolphins are looking to unseat the Patriots as the team to beat in the AFC East, a division New England has dominated since 2001. If the Jets are going to be the team that makes that leap, they will need to have a strong season from Darnold, who is entering his third year as the team's starting quarterback. Darnold's coach, Adam Gase, believes that Darnold's offseason work has put him in position to have considerable success in 2020.
"We've had some really good meetings," Gase recently said of Darnold on the "Gang's All Here" podcast, via the New York Post. "The way he's talking through football situations, that's what makes this a tougher time for us because I just want to get on the field when I hear him talking like this."