With the Jets, you are sure to get two things: a hard-hitting defense and great sound bites. It was the same during our three-week stay at SUNY Cortland as the team prepared for the 2014 regular season. Here is our list of the top 10 quotes from camp.
The reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year hasn’t forgotten the 49-9 shellacking the Cincinnati Bengals handed the Jets last Oct. 27.
2. "I can say it's a challenge, but I'm always up for a challenge. Obviously I'm not the biggest guy, but I play with a big heart on the field. I like to prove people wrong."
Listed at 5’9” and 165 pounds, the fourth-rounder may not instill fear in his opponents at first, but what he lacks in physical size he makes up for in confidence, not to mention burst.
3. “Just a big guy that really came back in shape. He dropped 20-something pounds. And I know what we’re thinking: ‘Deck chair off the Titanic.’ ”
— Head coach Rex Ryan on DT
T.J. is a big man (listed at 6’7”, 364) but shed some weight this offseason and is fighting for a roster spot.
4. “We won’t say when it’s going to happen, it’s just going to happen. That’s our little secret. We’ll keep that amongst us girls and make that work.”
Vick showed a little sass when reporters asked him about the Jets' plans to use the Wildcat this season. Vick was also used in this role while playing for Philadelphia in 2009.
5. “I don’t think there’s too many people in this league who would go out and say another guy is better than them.”
The Jets displayed high confidence early in camp, with CB
6. "I’m a gym rat, really. I just like to work out. It just happened to work out that way. I added a few pounds of bulk, and I feel good right now.”
“The Mentor,” as he is called by his teammates, added muscle while working out this offseason. It’s definitely helped the 31-year-old Landry, who looked spry flying around the defensive backfield in Cortland.
7. “I think the key is not giving up on yourself. Sometimes you’re going to have the dog days and the ‘oh, woes is me’ feelings. It’s football, You’re going to get hurt. It’s about you taking care of yourself, doing everything necessary so you can go out there and play.”
Colon started training camp on the Active/PUP List after offseason surgeries. His comments made sense then and carry weight now for the Jets' banged-up secondary.
8. “Any time you get to go hit someone else and hit quarterbacks live, how can you not be excited?”
Babin was excited to get on the gridiron for the preseason opener against Indianapolis after practicing for two weeks against his new teammates. Once the regular season begins, he’ll look to add to his 62.5 career sacks.
The third-year LB is one of the vocal leaders for the defense, but he also leads by example. Every day of camp he was one of the first to arrive at practice, getting in extra work on the blocking sleds.
10. “After a while you’re just like, 'How many hours can I sleep and sit in the room and beat Geno in FIFA,’ so it got kind of boring after a while.”
Geno may be listed as QB1 on the depth chart, but he’s light-years behind Simms in the soccer video game.
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