Zack Kuntz, 4.29 (2023 NFL Draft Round Seven)
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Antwan Staley, New York Daily News: Just talk about the pre-draft process for you and the attributes you’re going to be bringing to the Jets Organization.
During this whole time in preparation, obviously you’re working your tail off to be ready when your name is called, your number is called. I was fortunate to have that opportunity. I’m going to bring a lot of energy. It’s really my goal to add value in any way possible, whether it be on offense, special teams, whatever it is. I’m going to figure out a way to help the offense and the team win games.
Antwan Staley, New York Daily News: I know you were injured throughout last season. Are you completely healthy now and what was the specific injury if you don’t mind me asking?
I’m all good now. God blessed me, I had a really great recovery, obviously it was good. I competed at the combine. It was my knee, I had a procedure done on my knee, working on my kneecap to help strengthen it from kind of sliding out. Obviously, it’s been feeling really great. I haven’t had any issues with it whatsoever. The recovery has been going awesome, I’m ready to go.
Zack Rosenblatt, The Athletic: Zack, How hard was it to sit and wait these last couple days and how motivated are you to prove these teams wrong that passed on you?
Obviously, sitting there with my family, I think that’s why it’s important with all things in life you face adversity, you go through different things. You have a good support system of people there that are going to bring you up, they’re not going to question you or about what you’re able to do. The people there are in your corner, they’re there to support you through thick and thin. I’m going to go out there and work my tail off. I could be the first pick in the draft or the last pick in the draft, it wouldn’t make a difference for me. I’m going to go and do whatever I can to be the best version of myself. Like I said, refuse to lose and do whatever I can to help the team.
Zack Rosenblatt, The Athletic: Aaron Rodgers is going to be your quarterback, how excited are you to be able to work with him?
It’s a tremendous opportunity to be able to go into that as a rookie. I think the most you can get out of it is learning. You have a future hall of famer taking the helm, so anything I can do as a younger guy. Obviously to learn, but still producing and still adding value in any way possible. You have two ears and one mouth and that’s for a reason, especially when you get to a new situation, you’re learning a lot of things. You adapt to things on the fly. He’s a guy that’s been doing it right for a long time, I’m sure he’s got some knowledge to drop on me as well.