It’s not the first game or even the first kickoff that truly determines that the NFL regular season is on.
It’s the roster cuts and moves to form the final 53-man roster, or at least the opening week final roster, and the beginning of the work week for teams around the league who play on Sunday.
Dallas and the New York Giants play the regular season opener on Wednesday, then there are 13 games on Sunday and two next Monday. For Sunday games, preparations begin on Labor Day. Then it’s the traditional off-day from practice, Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday are the hardest practice days of the week, followed by a lighter session on Friday.
Friday or Saturday, road teams travel to the city where they will play.
Mark Sanchez did what a starting quarterback secure in his own skin would do.
He invited the competition into his own backyard.
We found out Monday, courtesy of the New York Daily News, that Tim Tebow has accepted Sanchez’s offer to participate in “Jets West” passing camp in Southern California, which Sanchez and his family have hosted at his alma mater, Mission Viejo High School, the past two offseasons.