Jeremy Ruckert, 4.29 (2022 NFL Draft Day Two)

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Brian Costello, New York Post: Jeremy, just what’s your reaction to being drafted by the Jets?
Man, it’s a dream come true. I mean, I’ve dreamed this since I was a little kid, grew up a Jets fan. My whole family grew up as Jets fans going to practices at Hofstra and going to games as a kid. I mean, the story’s still being written and I can’t wait get to work. This moment right now, I’m super excited and my family is super excited and I’m excited for them. So, I just can’t wait to get to work and be a part of it.

Brian Costello, New York Post:  Are you on Long Island now, Jeremy?
Yeah, I’m there.

Brian Costello, New York Post: Did you feel like, Jeremy, at the Senior Bowl or at any of the pre-draft process that you clicked with the Jets and this might be where you would end up?
Yeah, I think that, especially the Senior Bowl, it was my real first chance of meeting the staff and I feel like I built a pretty great relationship with those guys and I felt that, immediately after working with them just that week, that’s some staff that I want to be a part of that team, that staff and just love the way that they coach, how they approach their coaching. I’m just excited, I can’t wait.

Brian Costello, New York Post: What’s it like to be going with your college teammate, with Garrett (Wilson) to your NFL team?
Yeah. I mean, he’s my guy. Ever since he first came into our building, he’s great. Not only, you can tell he is a great player, but he is always a great person, great personality and fun to be around and uplifted so many guys. And I think that the player he is speaks for himself but people don’t understand how good of a person is he. I can’t wait to continue to be his teammate and continue to work alongside him. I’m excited for him. I’m just excited in general.

Al Iannazzone, Newsday: What was your family’s reaction that you’re staying home now?
I’m sure you guys will see the video reaction somewhere. It was recorded by somebody and I can’t even put it into words. It was deafening once I put the hat on and once they found out who was on the other end of that call and they were just so excited. I mean, it’s hard to say and it’s hard to believe, but this means just as much to them as it does for me. And that means a lot to me in general, just because all the support that they’ve given me throughout my life, doing everything they could to help me be where I am today. I’m so grateful for that and I’m so grateful to have such a close family that’s going to continue to support me along this journey.

Brian Costello, New York Post: Jeremy, we were just talking to Joe Douglas and he said you could see the flashes of what you could do at Ohio State, but you didn’t necessarily get showcased as much as some other tight ends around the country. You’re obviously part of a very talented team, two of your teammates got drafted 10 and 11 last night, playmakers. How did you deal with that at Ohio State, maybe not getting the same amount of opportunities you would’ve somewhere else?
Yeah, I think at the end of the day my number one goal was just doing whatever it took to help the team, especially that specific week and some weeks it was in the passing game, some weeks it was another aspect of the game. And my number one goal going to college was to be able to produce, to be able to be developed. I knew where I wanted to be at this point in my career and I wanted to go somewhere that would challenge me and make me be that player. So, sometimes the production and statistics might not be there, but I feel like you can produce in so many other ways and I think I did that and I got that out of being at Ohio State. I feel like we were winning, so I’m not going to complain. We’re winning, I’m just going to do whatever I can to help. And that’s what you’re going to get out of me. You’re going to get someone that doesn’t care about personal fame, numbers, stats or anything. I’m going to do whatever it takes to help the team. I’ll do anything, I’ll kick the ball from if I need to.

Brian Costello, New York Post: Robert Saleh just described you as a bulldog in the run game. How much pride do you take in your blocking?
Man, my hometown mascot is bulldogs. I’m from Long Island. I’m from New York. I take pride in that. I take pride in anything I do and anything I do, I do with full speed. Our strength coach at Ohio State told us some slowed down and some speed up into contact and that really hit home to me. So ever since that moment, I wanted be that dominant player in the run game. I’ve got a long way to go, but as far as effort, as far as the mentality, you’re going to get my best every single play no matter what my job asks for. I can’t wait to bring that into the culture there. I think the culture, like coach Saleh said in there, I think that the little time that I’ve been around there you could tell the culture is spreading very well. I felt it as soon as I was there for just a couple days I was there, I felt it. I got juiced up and I’m just so excited.