Head Coach Robert Saleh, 8.2
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Zack Rosenblatt, The Athletic: It looked like Michael Carter wasn’t working with the team drills today. Is he hurt?
Yeah, he had a small ankle yesterday, so precaution more than anything.
Rich Cimini, ESPN.com: Vinny Curry?
Yeah, he’s dealing with a slight hammy. I think he’ll be back here by the end of the week, hopefully.
Rich Cimini, ESPN.com: What is your hope for Carter?
Should be any day. That’s more of a day-to-day thing than anything long term.
Zack Rosenblatt, The Athletic: How do you think the offense did today?
Yeah, I thought they did a really nice job. A lot of call-up periods too, so nothing scripted and I thought they did a really good job. We had a lot of backed up situations that they were able to get out of which is really big for the offense. But overall, I thought it was a good day for them.
Rich Cimini, ESPN.com: What are your expectations for them at this point in camp?
Yeah, we kind of hit a lull there, even the day, you get information overload, it’s hot as heck, it’s that grit, it’s that mindset, it’s the inner fortitude, if you will, to push through and grind and find ways to do your job to the best of your ability and finish on a high note. It’s real, you get in the fourth quarter and nobody really cares how tired you are. You’re looking for a result at that point and just trying to do your absolute best at the most exhausting times and today was a good example of it I thought.
Zack Rosenblatt, The Athletic: It seems like Mekhi (Becton) is starting to play every team rep now. How is his stamina in terms of that build up?
It’s good. I know today, for a big man like him, it’s hot. I just appreciate the fact that he is absolutely grinding through, making it uncomfortable for himself. He’s getting better every day. He’s getting more confident every day. Really pleased with the direction he’s going in.
Al Iannazzone, Newsday: George (Fant) got in today. Do you expect him to ramp it up?
Continue to, yeah, absolutely. I know he got a couple of reps in today and he’ll continue building on those and stacking those reps up.
Dan Leberfeld, Jets Confidential: What kind of fit is Mekhi in this blocking scheme?
No, it’s a great question on Mekhi. So, this is why we think he’s transcendent. He’s got feet like a small guy. He moves like a small guy. But, he’s a massive human being, he’s a massive human being moving. He’s made for any scheme you want him to be. We happen to be a zone scheme that asks guys to move laterally and get to the second level and play with speed and he can do that just about as easy as a 290-pound offensive lineman. He is special and it’s really the only thing that could ever stand in the way of Mekhi is Mekhi. He’s doing a really good job of moving forward and being his best version of himself every day.
Dan Leberfeld, Jets Confidential: How is Max Mitchell doing?
He’s doing a good job. There is acclimation. There’s the speed, the hand usage, the degree of difficulty in terms of the pass rushing moves that he’s seen, and the different fronts and all the different things he’s got to know from a protection standpoint. But, he’s doing a good job, he’s progressing just fine. I really think he’s got a bright future ahead of him.
Rich Cimini, ESPN.com: On that last play, it looked like you sent a lot of pressure at Zach (Wilson). What is he supposed to do in that situation?
You know what, sometimes you just get beat. (Jabari) Zuniga showed up right when he was about to let it rip and it’s real football. It just happens. If it was one of those situations where he could’ve stepped up and maybe extend the play, but I think Zu (Zuniga) won pretty clean and didn’t give him a chance.
Dan Leberfeld, Jets Confidential: How is the kicking competition going?
Good, they both came in and are kicking the ball really well, I’m really excited about the preseason games just to give those guys an opportunity to kick it.
Zack Rosenblatt, The Athletic: What does Bryce Hall bring to the team?
Bryce brings the same thing that he brought last year. The guy is a relentless worker, he has gotten better in coverage obviously, he was really good last year too, so he’s a pro’s pro. I love having him around and just his presence and the competitive nature he has is a bonus for anyone really.
Rich Cimini, ESPN.com: I forgot to ask this yesterday, but it affects you because you play Cleveland Week Two. What was your reaction to the Dashaun Watson situation?
I’m thinking about Baltimore. Sorry, Rich.
Steve Serby, New York Post: Is Zach where you want him to be or expect him to be at this point in training camp?
That’s a good one. You want everyone to play at a Hall of Fame level right, that’s what we all want, but we also understand the progress at which he’s developing and how hard it is to play the quarterback position. What I can say is he’s definitely better than he was a year ago at this point, he has more control of the huddle, he has more command of the huddle, he has more confidence than he did a year ago, and today I did think he had a really nice day in terms of just running the offense and showed a lot of accuracy, got the ball where it needed to be. I think he missed one on the sideline, I think it was Elijah (Moore) with Sauce (Gardner) over there, but other than that I thought he had a pretty good day. He’s going to continue stacking up days, and the more comfortable he gets with the scheme the more you can see his athleticism and his arm talent come to life. He’s getting better, so that’s the best I can give you on that one.
Dan Leberfeld, Jets Roster: Is Kai Nacua a linebacker? With Kai and the two guys you drafted last year Marcell Harris may have a background at safety how does that whole Safety/Linebacker thing play out?
They’re doing a good job, Marcell (Harris) played linebacker in San Francisco. We had made the move with him when we were in San Francisco and he’s a thumper. Kai (Nacua) this is new for him. We have a little nickname for (Jamien) Sherwood he’s the Florham Park strangler, he got these long arms and when he gets his paws on you, it’s over. He’s doing a really nice job, so they’re an athletic group. Safeties have to play in the box anyway, they’re transitioning well and doing a good job in pads too.
Brian Costello, New York Post: What does the addition of (Jordan) Whitehead do for you?
God, he’s a stud, knock on wood for him. You know every once in a while in free agency a guy slips and you don’t expect guys like him to ever get out of the building ever, ever. His locker room presence, his voice on the football field, his battle cadence pre-snap, his instinct and reactionary skills post-snap, the juice and energy he brings, homerun he’s phenomenal, so I’m really excited that he’s here.
Caelan Clinton, USA Today: DJ Reed and Sauce Gardner were working together during that early special teams period. What has DJ Reed brought to this young cornerback room?
Experience, grit, toughness, mindset. Obviously knowledge of just understanding formations and releases and how offenses are trying to attack. He’s a seasoned vet and does things the right way. He is a warrior mentally; he does everything the right way. He is no different from Jordan (Whitehead) and we are really, really happy he’s here. Again, guys like him don’t leave buildings very often. I’m just thankful that he’s here.
Andy Vasquez, NJ Advance Media: DJ Reed covers a lot of guys bigger than him, what does that take to physically to be able to do that?
What’s sneaky about DJ is he has the arm length of a guy that’s 6’1”, so even though his stature and height may not play to that, he actually plays like he is 6’0” or 6’1”. You mix in the fact that he is so powerful because of his stature, and he has great foot speed and movement, along with the instincts that he can handle all of them.