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Nick Mangold Sees Value of Cortland Chemistry

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Jets O-Line Showed Closeness with Run Game, Still Needs to Work on Penalties

The Jets have returned to their Florham Park training center for the remainder of training camp, but the time spent at SUNY Cortland gave center Nick Mangold and the rest of the offensive linemen the opportunity to bond.

“Cortland, I think, was great for us. We were able to hang out a lot,” Mangold said after today's practice. “Once you know a guy on a personal level, it helps a lot more on a professional level.”

The relationship they built while in central New York may have helped them pave the way for Jets running backs in their 25-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night. Running backs averaged 5.0 yards per carry against the Bengals, accounting for 134 of the Jets’ 169 yards on the ground.

The linemen also stepped up on goal-to-go situations, paving the way for rushing touchdowns from QB Geno Smith and RB Bilal Powell. The Jets were a perfect 3-for-3 when it came to all red zone situations, which also included a Michael Vick touchdown pass to WR Clyde Gates.

“Getting down in the red zone and scoring is a big thing,” Mangold said. “If you can walk away with touchdowns instead of field goals, you’ll win a lot of games and we’re trying to focus on that.”

Mangold said the team will be focusing on limiting penalties in the future, as offensive linemen were responsible for seven of the team’s 12 penalties, which added up to 90 of the team’s 133 penalty yards.

“It’s a cause for concern if it becomes a habit. You always talk about personal fouls, holding, how they can hurt a drive, hurt a game,” Mangold said. “You can talk about it until your blue in the face and I don’t think that it registers a lot of times with guys. This time, we were able to see the detriment that it had when you go from third-and-6 to third-and-16. Third-and-6 is hard enough as it is, and now you tack on an extra 10.”

Two of the penalties were called on RT Breno Giacomini, who has displayed his physicality since joining the Green & White. Mangold said Breno was able to fit right in with the rest of the linemen, bringing with him an aggressive style of play.

“Breno is great,” Mangold said, “and having him and Willie next to each other — we refer to them as the Bash Brothers — I think that kind of mentality, as long as it’s within the whistle, is a great thing for us.”

Mangold was asked about the chances of other teams seeing the penalties and trying to lure the Jets into making mental errors. He said he agreed, but is confident his teammates will be smarter than to fall for the trick.

“If they don’t, then they’re probably not doing their due diligence," he said. "But at the same time, I know our guys are going to be smart enough not to get roped into that.”

Mangold was held out of today’s practice with a toe injury, which he joked about in the locker room with reporters, delving into discussion about the purposes of the toes and which toe injury could cause the worst injury.

All kidding aside, he said the injury was not serious.

“I’m out here walking around,” he said. “I’m just trying to get things healed up before the season starts.”

This was the third practice Mangold missed during training camp. The other two were spent with his family, welcoming a new daughter into the world.




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