Thursday Player Interviews (9/13)

Transcripts of interviews with selected Jets during the locker room media period before Thursday's practice:     

QB KELLEN CLEMENS

On his comfort level with the offense …

I've made progress. It's my second year in the offense and my second year in the system, so I have definitely made progress and have improved. I still have a lot of areas to improve on, but I have made progress.

On the importance of confidence …

It's huge, especially for our position. If you don't have confidence in yourself, you're not going to have the confidence of your teammates and coaches. It's very important.

On his preparation …

I've been preparing the best I can. I worked hard over the course of the off-season and worked hard during the preseason. I'm continuing to work hard so that whenever my number is called I'm as ready to go as possible.

On the Ravens defense …

The Ravens are a very good ballclub. They've got five guys on their team who have been to the Pro Bowl. They have returned a lot of guys on that defense and the secondary is very good. Ray Lewis is a good player. They are a very good defense. They are very solid.

On the speed of a regular-season game …

I don't have any experience except for the one snap against New England last week and a couple [snaps] from last year. In a real game with real live bullets, you get that speed-of-the-game experience, which I don't have yet. Whenever my number is called, I will go out and do the best I can to adjust. I'm getting some information from my teammates on how fast it is, but you have to be ready and make the adjustments.

WR LAVERANUES COLES

On building chemistry with QB Kellen Clemens …

You have to develop a relationship with somebody once they get the chance to play. You just hope he goes out there, gets comfortable within the system and helps the team make plays whether he is throwing it to me, Jerricho [Cotchery], Justin [McCareins] or Brad [Smith]. As long as he's comfortable with somebody and the plays are being made, I think everything will be all right.

On the team's confidence in Clemens …

We all have jobs to do. When the opportunity arises, it is up to each individual to take advantage of it. If it happens for him, then everyone stands behind him. Every guy in this locker room we hang our hat on and stand behind because this is all we have. We have to look at each other and be able to ride with each other regardless of who is on the field. That's the way it goes.

On how important it is for a young player to be successful early in a game …

It's not at all, because this is the NFL. People are going to game-plan or do specific things for each individual player regardless of who is behind the center. The thing is not worrying or getting rattled in the beginning and just being a professional and lining up and getting ready to play the next play.

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