The interception won't go in down in any record books, and it'll be forgotten by, oh, probably tomorrow.
But rookie cornerback
"It was good to end the practice that way, especially for me — I really wanted to get one today, and I got it," McDougle told me after he jumped all over fellow rookie
"I definitely wanted to show I can attack the ball when it's in the air."
The third-round draft choice also wanted to show everyone he can still snare 'em. As we said, this one won't go into the Elias database, but he hasn't had a theft this big since his last one, for Maryland against UConn last Sept. 14, which he took 49 yards to the Terps' house. Then he hurt his shoulder and never even got to join in offseason practices until the three-day full-squad minicamp last month.
"You can practice the drills and stuff, but once you get out here, it's a little different," McDougle said. "I was thinking about this practice all night. I couldn't sleep because it was my first NFL training camp practice. I definitely had some butterflies."
Yet he said he felt good waking up this morning and getting after it on the field.
"Oh, yeah, definitely I want to get the pads back on," he said. "I only did the mandatory minicamp for three days and we didn't have any pads for that. So I'm really looking forward to it. I haven't had them on since last September. It's been almost a year."
So far, so good.
"I've still got a lot to work toward and a lot of getting better to do. This is the first day, I understand that," he said. "All in all, it was a good day."
Head coach Rex Ryan told reporters after today's practice that he feels this year's team is "a zillion miles ahead of where we were at this time last year." ... RB
Rex's personnel rundown: Newly signed LB Jason Babin is expected to report today and the coach hopes to have him at Friday's practice. ... Babin officially signed his deal this afternoon, as shown above... Some other minor issues: RB