Saturday Player Interviews

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*Transcripts of interviews with selected Jets players after Saturday morning's training camp practice: *

WR AUNDRAE ALLISON

On returning kicks…

I'm going to do whatever the Jets want, whatever it is. I feel like I'm a pretty good athlete and I'm very confident in my athletic ability. So whatever it takes, whatever the Jets want, that's what I'm about. 

On getting a bad rap…

No. There's always two sides to the story in this business. I'm not going to try to out-compete what other people said about me. I'm just going to go out and try to make believe that other people aren't even here. Just stay humble, stay patient and just let my ordinary self just take over and just show people I'm not that type of person that everybody thinks I am.  

On if his reputation affected him in the draft…

It definitely affected my draft status. That's one of those things that I feel is a positive to me because I forever hold that chip on my shoulder. With that being said, that's why I want to hurry up and get in this playbook so I can let out some of that anger, some of that fire that I feel like that's just been built up or firing up for my three-and-a-half years there.

DT KRIS JENKINS

On how he feels the defense is doing…

I am sure you all can answer that question. They are flying around doing what they have to do. I am proud of them. In the scrimmage, I was really impressed with how they got after it. I think that we will be good to go.

On if it is bores him to sit out of practice…

Yes, it does. Honestly, I am ready to get this healed and get back out there. Plus, it does get boring if you are just sitting there humming.

You look at everyone in the one-on-one drills and things like that; those are the things that I really want to work on — technique and things like that. There is no issue, I know when I get back out there I will have to do a couple extra reps to catch up.

On the difference this year…

It is good. It helps that you are not stressing as much. You are a lot looser. Some people, when they are stressed, it works for them. For some people it does not. For me I like to be loose. I enjoy it. I really feel like a veteran right now.

I am just trying to make sure when I go out there this year I can do what I can. Now I see why the defensive linemen, like Goose (Tony Siragusa), that played under (the Ravens) defense program, how they get extra years on their careers. I really feel like I can do this for another 19 years (laughter). I can get into my life in the middle to late 30s. A couple of years ago, I did not know if I was going to be doing it too much longer.

RB/KR LEON WASHINGTON

On Shonn Greene…

Obviously, he's a rookie so his head is spinning. One thing about a running back is that you're born with instincts and that kid can run the ball and that's a given. Once he learns all the nuances, learns all the protections, different things like that, he'll be a complete back one day, but right now his gift is to run the ball. We hand him the ball and he runs where daylight is or runs through somebody. He's an exciting player. He's going to help out a lot. And we're looking forward to leading this team, especially on offense. We need to run the ball and increase momentum for our defense.

On Mark Sanchez getting first-team reps…

It's a process for him too. He's a young guy, he's slinging the ball around. Obviously, he was given an opportunity, just like both of the quarterbacks. Whenever you get an opportunity as a player you have to take advantage of it. I'm familiar with that situation. Our job as a running back and an O-line is to make it easier for him. If we can create a little bit of a running game we can take a lot of pressure off him, or whomever the quarterback may be. 

On Sanchez in the two-minute drill…

He kept his composure. He made the right throws and the guys made the right plays. It's not just on the quarterback, especially a young quarterback like that. You have to help him out as much as you can. We have to catch the ball, we have to get open and make it open to make it easier for him. It can really take a lot of pressure off him. He's impressive. We know the guy has a lot of ability, but it's just putting it all together in this short, short time.

CB DARRELLE REVIS

On how Mark Sanchez is progressing…

I think he's looking good. He has a lot of poise, he's relaxed. He was moving the offense down the field very well. He was making plays. He was making nice throws, smart throws.

On if Sanchez can handle being a rookie starter…

Yea. Well, we drafted him fifth overall for a reason. Rex [Ryan] and [Mike] Tannenbaum and those guys up there are studying up on players. Seeing that he has a lot of poise, he has a lot of leadership. He comes from a top program. It's just carrying it over to another level. He's handling it well, he's moving the offense. He's being a captain. He's being a leader. He's out there saying stuff to those guys, 'Let's get this first down. Let's move the ball,' things like that to get the offense ready to go and play.

On the interception at the end of practice…

It felt real good. I was joking around with Coach Schottenheimer earlier. I said, 'You all are coming at me this morning, huh?' He said, 'A little bit, after your rest the day before.' Then I said, 'I'm going to get one today.' And then I ended up getting the one at the end.

LB BART SCOTT

On how Mark Sanchez is progressing…

The rook doesn't make the same mistake twice. He throws a solid ball and he gets the ball out of his hands quick. In a West Coast offense you want to get the ball into the receiver's hands as quick as possible so they can make something happen. I think we have a group of receivers that can get a lot of YAC. If people don't know, that's yards after catch. I think it's an asset for us. It is a safe pass. It is an extension of the running game.

On if he's looking forward to Kris Jenkins coming back off his injury…

Of course. Kris has kind of been there done that. He's veteran enough to get his reps through watching other people practice and by looking at the field. What you're always concerned with is a big man like that coming back too early off an injury and putting that weight on it, because if you pull it twice it's pretty much a wrap. So we pretty much have to be careful with that. I think it's allowing a lot of young guy to adjust and adapt and put into that first roll. When Kris comes back, it gives us that much more depth because they've been in that situation and we can throw them right in and they are confident in what they are doing because they've been put in those situations.

On if he is happy with the intensity level of the defense…

Yes. The effort is there, we just have to execute better. That comes in time. That comes with playing with the guys out there. It's one thing to do it exactly how it is in the book, it's another thing to be able to execute and be able to improvise on the fly. You want to use all the tools that the coaches give you. If you want to limbo or banjo, all those words that you don't understand what I'm saying. But if we can use those things it gives us those tools.

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