I know many of you have been clamoring for the 53-man rosters — correction, the four-man rosters — of players who are scheduled to appear at the Jets' draft day parties on Saturday. And here are the lists:
Dave & Buster's, New York City — RB Leon Washington, FB Tony Richardson, WR Chansi Stuckey, S James Ihedigbo
Dave & Buster's, Farmingdale, N.Y. — QB Brett Ratliff, TE/LS James Dearth, RB Danny Woodhead, Jets alumnus Kenny Schroy
Dave & Buster's, West Nyack, N.Y. — OL Robert Turner, DE Mike DeVito, WR Marcus Henry, OL Stanley Daniels
The Grasshopper Off the Green, Morristown, N.J. — WR Chansi Stuckey, LB Kenwin Cummings
All four events are scheduled to run from 3-7 p.m., with players arriving from 4-7 p.m.
You may have detected Stuckey's name listed twice above. Chansi is going for the rare double Draft Day Party appearance, starting out at Times Square and finishing up in Morristown. Reminds me of when I once covered a Jets training camp practice on Long Island in the morning and a Giants camp practice in New Jersey in the afternoon. Those were the days, my friend ...
Mystery Guest, Will You Sign In, Please?
EA and I made our connection with our secret ESPN guest this evening so now we can reveal that you can listen to our conversation with Merril Hoge.
Hoge is a draft and NFL analyst for the network and he was great with us, providing lots of draft opinion, personal anecdotes and football knowledge in a 20-minute show. We'll have this last predraft "Jets Two-Minute Drive" up on newyorkjets.com on Friday morning.
Rhodes on a Mission
Kerry Rhodes is mentioned prominently in an interesting off-the-field story appearing on ESPN.com's Page 2. It has to deal with high school bullying, and if you didn't know it, that's a subject that the Jets safety cares a great deal about.
Rhodes recalled a handful of white students who suffered namecalling and got into fights at his predominantly black high school in Bessemer, Ala.
"I'm sure it scarred them in some kind of way. I'm not sure to what extent, but I can see them being really messed up growing up that way," said Rhodes, the school's football QB and captain who would intervene whenever he saw the bullying happen. "That's why I am so against bullying in schools today. I've seen what it can do, and it's not right."
Check out LZ Granderson's full story here for a quick but compelling read. And don't be surprised if you see K-Rhodes in a public service spot on bullying in the near future.