Jets and giants await answers on coronavirus testing for recruits


Jets rookies were scheduled to show up to training camp on Tuesday and take their first COVID-19 tests, but the team has delayed the report date.The Jets are asking for more clarity on the testing policy that was agreed to by the NFL and its players on Monday before they begin administering testing. The rookies are in New Jersey waiting to start their NFL careers.

Players must test negative twice before being allowed into the team’s training center. Testing could begin as early as Wednesday, if the Jets feel they have a clear understanding of the testing protocols agreed upon Monday afternoon.

Quarterbacks and injured players are due to report Thursday and the full squad will report next Tuesday. The NFL and the players are still negotiating the structure of the training camp, but it is likely that there will be an acclimatization period of a few weeks before the players are on the field and in the pads.

The situation is similar – albeit slightly more complicated – for the Giants. Rookies, quarterbacks and injured veterans are due to report on Thursday, but even that plan is on hold until there is more clarity regarding agreed COVID-19 testing procedures. Rookies were told to stay home and not to travel to New Jersey, league sources told The Post.

The Giants have only signed one of their 10 draft picks, though deals are in place with some late-round picks pending a physical, the sources say. These physical trials – which should be spread over the weekend – cannot occur before the camp opens.

There is no deal yet with first-round pick Andrew Thomas, although he is expected to meet quickly and soon in line with the rookie salary scale, the start of the camp increasing the sense of urgency. The Giants’ two previous first-round picks, Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones, both signed on the eve of camp.

The Jets have eight of their nine draft picks signed with only third-round pick Ashtyn Davis still to sign.


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