T he players are real, the game is not.
Clarente Bates and Dylan Gardner packed into SUNY Cortland to see the Jets annual green and white scrimmage. "T o see an NFL team and pay 5 bucks to park you can't beat it. I mean you can't go to a game, a regular game and watch and get a seat this close and walk over and shake their hands ," says Bates. "It almost seems like it's not the Jets defense that's playing because everyone gets so excited once the offense makes a good play," says Gardner.
This game gives fans an up close and personal view for free, letting everyone at the Jets summer home of SUNY Cortland see all the players on the 2014 team in game action for the very first time.
Jim Deordio came to the game from Nedrow. "T here's guy s here that are trying to make the team and that's like big. The whole thing is just exciting, the atmosphere is something we enjoy ," says Deordio.
With a new season always comes position battles and this year's battle is in the middle of it all at quarterback. Many fans like Nathaniel Perez are split on who they would like to see taking snaps and throwing spirals when their team kicks off the season next month.
"Y ou know it's hard . I like Geno (Smith) even though he's new, but I like experience too and I know that (Michael) Vick has that experience. So I'm going to go with Geno, ehh, Vick on this one," says Perez.
Some packed into these bleachers feel this Jets team can go all the way, but others just want to have a good season and beat their long time AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots.