Like a sponge, rookie offensive tackle Brandon Shell is absorbing everything he can. Throughout training camp, he has been following Jets' starting left tackle Ryan Clady both literally and figuratively.
"I watch him all the time," Shell said of Clady, a four-time Pro Bowler. "When we're in the meeting room, I try to pick his brain and see how he does certain things and incorporate it into my game. It's great just to be around a talent like him, talk to him in practice and get pointers from him when I come off the field. He's telling me what I did and what I can change. It's always good to get it from a vet like him."
The South Carolina product is still adjusting to left tackle, a position he only played for one year in college. In fact, he changed his stance in an attempt to acquire a better feel for the position.
"I think my pass blocking is still coming along well," he said. "I still have to work on some things every day. As an offensive lineman you can't just go forward, you have to go back too. You have to love both ways. Everybody loves to go forward, but you have to pass protect too."