The Jets on Tuesday held their first practice — if you can even call it that — under new coach Adam Gase. And their new No. 1 running back, Le’Veon Bell, was not present.
But it’s important to remember that Tuesday’s practice was voluntary — as is an NFL team’s entire offseason workout program, with the exception of a three-day mandatory minicamp in June. So Bell’s absence Tuesday isn’t a huge deal.
The Jets this week are holding a three-day voluntary minicamp, Tuesday through Thursday. Teams with a new head coach are allowed to have this extra minicamp.
But during these three days, Gase isn’t holding formal practices, with offense-versus-defense action. The offensive and defensive players are practicing separately and just doing walk-through work and position drills. This is very light practice action, as Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams hope to ease the players into their systems.
Bell has previously been participating in the Jets’ offseason workout program. That’s also important to note. So it’s not like he has blown off the entire offseason program to date. And again, the entire program with the exception of that June minicamp is voluntary anyway.