Brandon Moore, the Jets' fine right guard, will make his preseason debut Saturday night against the Giants. A couple of weeks ago, Moore wasn't sure if he'd be in this position. He was concerned that his surgically repaired hip wouldn't be ready.
It is, he believes, because of the team's state-of-the-art rehab facilities in Florham Park. If the Jets had opted to hold training camp in Cortland, who knows?
"From where I was two weeks ago, I didn't feel like I was going to make the turn quickly enough to get in this game," Moore said Wednesday. "I've been lucky we've been here in Florham Park. I've had access to all the stuff I need. I don't know if I would've been at the same pace if I were up there (in Cortland)."
The Jets bailed out of Cortland because of the lockout. (They will return in 2012 and 2013.) There were rehab facilities in Cortland, but nothing as elaborate as their facility in Florham Park. For players like Moore, returning from off-season surgery, the change in venue was critical. Remember, players weren't allowed to use team facilities during the lockout, putting them behind schedule.
In Moore's case, the old real-estate axiom applied: Location, location, location.