It was a relatively uneventful second day of training camp practice for
Quiet in nature and stoic in poise, Harris talks softly but puts up numbers that are anything but. Last year marked his fifth season with over 100 tackles. He racked up 123 in 16 games, his highest total since 2009. Never one to brag about his statistics, Harris is readying himself to lead a linebacking corps also featuring returning veteran
Harris was asked how the linebackers were performing so far at SUNY Cortland.
Rex Ryan has said he is going to take a more hands-on approach with the defense this season after the Jets struggled last year to keep teams out of the end zone. Harris was asked about his head coach’s role on his side of the ball.
“I wouldn’t say it’s going to be a huge difference, but you’ll be able to notice it. It’s pretty much the same defense from the last five years, but I think we’re going to be a little bit more aggressive,” he said. "This is Rex’s defense. He knows it, and nobody knows it better than him. He’s going to teach it; make sure everybody knows it from the top guy to the last man that’s signed.”
Harris has had to fight his natural instincts to tackle anything that moves through these first two days at training camp, forced to pull up before he plants another ballcarrier into the grass, something he has done more than any teammate during his tenure with the Green & White.
That all changes Sunday as the team suits up in full pads for the remainder of training camp, unleashing the likes of David Harris on a Jets offense trying to find its stride.
“Tomorrow we put the pads on, and that’s when it gets real," he said. "We’re itching, definitely. There have been a couple of scuffles out here, tempers are heating up. But we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”