Matt Flynn said he's gotten no timetable about when he'll start practicing, no guarantees about if he'll be on the roster for the season opener or how long he'll be with the Jets.
Nevertheless, he's smiling at this latest opportunity in his well-traveled eight-year career.
"Specifically, there wasn't any talk about what my role is, what they wanted out of me," Flynn told reporters after today's indoor training camp practice (due to storms passing through the area) at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. "Right now my focus has to be learning stuff — learning the playbook, learning what the heck's going on."
Flynn was signed today to join the Jets' quarterback room with Ryan Fitzpatrick, the injured Geno Smith, and rookies Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps. He's not practicing yet because of a hamstring injury he suffered while working out right before going to New England's camp.
"As far as I know, it was the injury and numbers," he said of why the Patriots released him June 11.
He was happy to sign with the Jets and get into their rehab program. He's not expected to play Friday against the Falcons, although he was in the fieldhouse with his new team and in his new uniform number 5 for today's practice. "I feel like it'll be sooner rather than later," he said.
The same could be said for how long he thinks it'll take to pick up coordinator Chan Gailey's offense. In part that's because he's had lots of experience with learning offenses — in the last four-plus years he's absorbed the playbooks of the Packers, Seahawks, Bills, Raiders, Packers again with a different coordinator, and the Pats. In part it's because he speaks a little of the language.
"Hopefully this one, because I have a little bit of familiarity with some of the terminology, it won't be too long," he said. "I'll spend a lot of hours right now trying to get comfortable, playing a lot of catchup."
Music to His Ears
We mentioned in the news story on the Flynn signing that RT Breno Giacomini knows the QB quite well — in fact, the Jets are the third NFL team the two have played on together, following the Packers and Seahawks. Today I asked Giacomini what he can tell Jets fans about Flynn.
"He's a good guy, he's a good teammate," Breno said. "And he loves his music. He's from Louisiana and his [music] interests are all over the place. He has a long list of Pandora stations."
Petty Ready for Game 2
One Jets quarterback who is expected to play against Atlanta is Petty, and he's ready to bounce back from his pro debut at Detroit, in which he said, "I didn't feel like I did very well," for his introduction to his new home crowd at MetLife Stadium.
"I got that first one out of the way, it's under the belt now," Petty told Eric Allen of newyorkjets.com this afternoon. "It's going to be fun to go out in front of the home crowd now instead of an away game. But at the same time, it's about executing and doing the things I'm supposed to do to make this offense successful. And that runs through me because I touch the ball every play.
"It's about doing the little things right, the little details, the little intricacies of our offense right, not letting emotions get too me too much, and just have fun playing ball.
Wednesday's Practice for #ATLvsNYJ Was Moved Indoors at AHJTC