We should have known when the dark clouds formed a few hours before the first jetting practice camp, that it would not be a perfect start to the new season.
The clouds caused lightning and flashes of thunderstorms that chased players inward, disappointing fans who had planned to attend the first public training session.
It got even worse when rookie quarterback Sam Darnold officially started his jets career after not signing his rookie contract. Just so quickly, all the optimism surrounding the jets was thwarted by uncertainty as to when the third overall selection in this year's NFL Draft will come to its first training session. Same Old Jets
Look, there's a lot of blame for Darnold, the announced USC quarterback, who missed the first day of training. But it's a bad look for the jets when the holdout is over speech, what happens when the player who is supposed to be your franchise quarterback is released. It sounds more like a preliminary contract than a beginner contract.
Darnold's seasoned agent, Jimmy Sexton, wants a deal with no offsets, which would allow the quarterback to get all his jet salary while being paid by another team when the jets release him. The jets want an offset so Darnold can not dip twice.
You can understand that the jets who want to protect themselves know that Darnold's contract, which has an estimated value of $ 30.2 million, is fully guaranteed, but his ability to be a franchise quarterback , is not this. It seems Baker Mayfield, the first quarterback in the draft, is good enough, and Josh Allen, who has Sexton as an agent, should be good enough for Darnold. Mayfield and Allen have contracts that contain offsets.
They thought that Darnold wanted to be at the start of the camp to increase his chances of getting a start quarterback for the season opener in Detroit. You would have thought, he wanted to show now that the jets were his team. Instead, everything is on hold. The Jets are still Josh McCown's team.
"He goes through the business side of the sport," said McCown of Darnold. "We understand that. We wish him well."
Every training camp day is like a dog. You learn in the morning, practice in the afternoon and then learn a little more. Rain on Friday may have pushed the training in, but the jets seemed to touch every aspect of what they had learned in OTAs. They worked on the running game, passing game, stretch blocking, playing and individual technique exercises. The players competed and encouraged each other. With as few exercises as in the training camp, each session is valuable.
"Whenever you're not there, you lose something," said head coach Todd Bowles, who otherwise tried not to magnify Darnold's absence. "I have  to train other players."
Darnold can arrive on Saturday, Sunday or next week and will not come back on Friday. The jets were clearly surprised. Darnold's absence left only two quarterbacks, McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, to throw receivers and take reps during the team miscarriage. Usually there are four quarterbacks at the beginning of the camp. McCown and Bridgewater can not keep up with this pace.
"They do what they ask you to do," McCown said.
Someone once said that you have only one chance to make a good first impression. Well, this first impression suggests that there could be problems in paradise. If a rookie contract is so difficult, what happens if Darnold wishes for an extension? Will he let Darrelle Revis get on the jets? Welcome to the season 201