Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mini-Camp Approaches; Where is Ainge?

We just received the media schedule for this week's upcoming mini-camp. Looks like we will have access to practice and locker room on both Thursday and Friday and the team's pre-Draft press conference will be held on Friday afternoon.

It will be fun to get out and watch some of the new things the team is working on. In addition, it will be interesting to see if Thomas Jones shows up. He's currently trying to renegotiate his contract and has not been taking part in the off-season training.

One other note, Jane McManus of the Journal News uncovered the fact that quarterback Erik Ainge has also been missing from workouts over the past couple of weeks. While the workouts are voluntary (as is the upcoming mini-camp) as far as I know, no other player has been absent.

We spoke to Ainge on the first Thursday that we had access four weeks ago, but have not seen him in the locker room since. Ainge, who the Jets drafted last year in the fifth round out of the University of Tennessee, was on injured reserve last season with a foot injury and during that time also served a four-game suspension for steroid use, so we haven't had a chance to get to know him that well yet.

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