After being activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list, left guard James Carpenter was back in pads for the Green & White's fifth training camp practice. The 6'5'' 321-pounder had missed the first four practices and had been itching to get back on the gridiron with his teammates.
"It was crazy (missing training camp) and hard to watch them play. It's been like six months since I put on pads, so it was pretty tough," he said. "It felt great to be with the guys. They've been working hard for four days, so it was pretty good today."
Carpenter, who started in all 16 games for the Jets last season, took some first team reps after being sidelined with a hamstring injury.
"It's healed now. It's 100 percent," said the six-year veteran. "Today was the day to test it out and see how it was. Tomorrow, I should be able to go the whole practice."
For the first time since the spring, the Alabama product was also able to line up next to his new neighbor, left tackle and four-time Pro Bowler, Ryan Clady.
"I love it. Clady is really good, really talented. I love playing next to him. He is so athletic it's crazy," Carpenter said.