Why draft picks had a light first day of work

FLORHAM PARK — The NFL regular season is still four months away. But there was a rare buzz as the New York Jets’ newest players took the field Friday.

Rookie minicamp provided our first glimpse of the seven players the Jets took in last week’s NFL Draft, a class that has been boasted almost universally. But once practice started it was clear that the new guys will be starting slow. None of them were on the field for drills that matched them up against competition from the other side of the ball.

Jets coach Robert Saleh explains after practice why he’s “limiting” the draft picks’ work to start out their professional careers.

“We’re going to ramp up a little bit more of their conditioning tomorrow,” Saleh said. “But they’ll be separated [from the rest of practice]. The reason being … their schedules over the last month have been strict with regards to travel and the lack of working out that they’ve been able to fit in it wasn’t worth bringing them in here and injuring them or risking injury. “

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