What to watch for at this week's OTAs

This week, the veterans will be on the field for the first time as the 2017 Jets conduct their first on-field organized team activities of the offseason.

The team will practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. They'll be back on the field for three days next week and then another four the week after. Mandatory mini-camp is for three days, starting on June 13th, after which there will be an extended break before training camp.

Here's some of the things to watch out for:

  • Will everyone show up? These sessions are voluntary, but the media has made a big deal over who has no-showed in recent seasons, with players like Sheldon Richardson and Eric Decker causing concern for varying reasons;
  • How much access will the media have? Last year, the media didn't have access until day two and reports suggest they're getting even less access this year;
  • Will Muhammad Wilkerson look "fat and sloppy"? Earlier in the offseason, two beat writers got into a twitter argument after Manish Mehta from the Daily News reported that Wilkerson was overweight, even though current social media posts seemed to refute that fact;
  • Who's getting the reps? Whoever gets the first reps at each position is sure to create some headlines, especially at quarterback (spoiler alert: it'll be Josh McCown). How many reps will also be important, but if the media doesn't have access every day then they might have some rotations in place which might not be immediately apparent; and
  • Which young players stand out? The early stages of the offseason program are a good opportunity for young players to make their mark, as more experienced veterans will typically take their time to get into shape. Which rookies will step up and will any youngsters have made a jump since last year?

What will you be looking out for?