FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – All the chatter about holdouts or players not showing up at training camp was just smoke as the New York Jets reported to the team's facility on Wednesday ahead of the start of camp on Thursday.
The big news from the team's facility was that both Muhammad Wilkerson as well as Sheldon Richardson were on time and actually in the building early. The fear was that Wilkerson might not show up and be a training camp holdout as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. And Richardson has emerged as a bit of a wild card personality this offseason, skipping offseason workouts and then getting a suspension from the league for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
On Tuesday, Brian Costello of the New York Post and Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reported first that Wilkerson had no intentions of holding out.
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But Metro can officially report that both Wilkerson and Richardson arrived at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on Wednesday morning and that Wilkerson has signaled that there will be no training camp holdout.
A source also said that quarterback Geno Smith, who had his issues with timeliness in the past including being late to a team meeting in San Diego last year, was one of the first players in the building on Wednesday.