There will be more noise on the Jets' practice field next week as the team will hold its annual minicamp before a long break precedes training camp. But before it gets quiet around here, we checked in with first-team "Mo" 'backer Erin Henderson to get his thoughts after he re-signed in March.
"It's like I said when I first signed. It feels good to be home," he said. "You feel comfortable in a certain place, and you kind of figure out the system and what goes on and how things work. It allows you to kind of go out there and be yourself."
Henderson, who joined a rotation on the inside late last season, played well and finished with 42 stops. He has been constant energy all spring, playing an active brand of football while delivering verbal jousts along the way.
"If I'm out here making noise and talking and carrying on and getting beat every other play and I'm not making plays or doing anything, then people are going to look at me like I'm a fraud for that," he said. "And I think at the same time, they like it too. They enjoy it. It gets them going a little bit."
The 29-year-old Henderson is also looking to lend an assist to rookie Darron Lee, the first-round pick from Ohio State. Henderson, a member of the Minnesota Vikings from 2008-13, remembers how beneficial Ben Leber, Chad Greenway and E.J. Henderson were early on in his career.
"One of the biggest things is leading by example," he said. "Going out there and working hard every day at practice, knowing my plays, knowing my assignments and making sure I'm where I'm supposed to be as far as the meeting rooms and things like that.
"And then from there, if he has any questions or if he's confused about anything, he's always in my hip pocket," added Henderson on Lee. "I'm always trying to help him out as much as I can. I'm confident in myself, I believe in myself. So I don't have any issues with trying to help him along or bringing him along in his NFL career."
Team Finishes OTA Stage of the Offseason Training Program
OTA Week 3 MusingsThird-rounder Jordan Jenkins has flashed at OLB on the strong side in the media attended sessions. "It feels like it was yesterday we were starting OTAs, but things are going well," he told me. "Have had some good days, have had some bad ones. At the end of the day, you just have to worry about keeping your head up and not worrying about the last play." … Both veteran Nick Folk and rookie Ross Martin didn't mind the move inside Wednesday as they each nailed 58-yard kicks … Kenbrell Thompkins quietly has had a nice spring, showcasing sure hands along the way … Brandon Marshall praised former Broncos teammate Ryan Clady for his technique and consistency, but he deadpanned to the media about his personality on double dates. "He just sits there. He doesn't say much. He's a really boring date." … Todd Bowles took his kids to X-Men: Apocalypse and he gave the movie a thumbs up … Second-round pick Christian Hackenberg is taking some steps forward. "He's getting a better grasp of the system," Bowles said. "He's still seeing defenses he hadn't seen, but he's not panicking. He's taking control when he's in there. You like some of the things you see. He has a long way to go, but he's making progress."