Washington team president Bruce Allen told reporters on Monday that the club still refuses to change its name, even if it means the franchise won’t be able to build a new stadium in the nation’s capital.
“No,” Allen said when asked whether the team would be willing to change its name, via The Washington Post.
Last month, the Obama administration said it would not support a new football stadium until the club alters its nickname.
Washington wants to build a new facility on the site that is currently occupied by RFK Stadium. Interior Security Sally Jewell said the National Park Service, which owns the land, would probably not approve construction of it.
Washington has a lease to play its home games at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. until 2026, but the team is looking to move closer to the D.C. Metro area. The club is also considering sites in Virginia, where it currently holds training camp, though the average camp attendance dropped by nearly 5,000 people this summer.
But since this is the fourth game of the preseason, rookie quarterback Bryce Petty will probably play the majority of the game for the Jets. He went 5 of 8 for 42 yards last week, and head coach Todd Bowles said he’s improving each time he steps on the field.
Besides watching Petty play, there are a number of end-of-the-roster battles to look for with the Jets, including at linebacker where Erin Henderson could provide some depth for the Jets at that position. It’s pretty safe to assume the majority of Jets starters won’t be out there, as the club will already be a little thin up front in Week 1 with Sheldon Richardson serving his suspension.
Perhaps the best news the Jets will receive this week, regardless of how Thursday’s game plays out, is that star rookie defensive lineman Leonard Williams checked out OK following an injury scare last week.