NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Mark Sanchez and his Jets teammates are back together again.
For a few days, at least.
According to The Associated Press, Sanchez and about 40 other players started practicing at an undisclosed location in New Jersey on Monday.
The player-run practices, organized by Sanchez, will go through Wednesday and include offensive and defensive players. An AP source confirmed the workouts on condition of anonymity because the players want the sessions to remain private to the media and public.
None of the players, many of whom are on Twitter and Facebook, even let on that they were planning to meet as a full squad.
“It’s important for the continuity purposes,” Sanchez said earlier this month. “It’s important just to be around them again and get the timing back.”
Several NFL teams have gotten together on their own in recent weeks because the players are not allowed to train at team facilities because of the ongoing lockout. Teams normally would be preparing for minicamp workouts now.
Sanchez ran a camp for the Jets’ quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs – dubbed “Jets West” – in Mission Viejo, Calif., in early May. He said during a recent in-studio appearance at NFL Network that he had planned to gather the entire team together at some point this month if the lockout continued.
Some of the team’s defensive linemen, including first-round pick Muhammad Wilkerson, started working out together nearly two weeks ago at a high school field in New Jersey to go through position drills. Nose tackle Sione Pouha said during the first workout on June 2 that “if Mark makes the call, we’re there.”
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