Thursday, July 26, 2012
A whole lot of 'greatness'
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- D'Brickashaw Ferguson said a few days ago that the Jets have "greatness written all over us," and his teammates backed him up on Day 1 of training camp.
"I see greatness all over the offensive and defensive line, all over this team," nose tackle Sione Pouha said.
Said quarterback Mark Sanchez: "No question, there's so much talent."
Tight end Dustin Keller, speaking of the offense, didn't hesitate when asked the potential upside.
"I think we can be great, for sure," he said. "In the offseason, we went out and got some key pieces we need to take that next step. The pieces are there. It's just a matter of putting in the work."
Hey, if you can't be optimistic on the first day of camp, then when?
LANDRY ON 'PITCH COUNT': Safety LaRon Landry, who passed the team physical in the morning and was removed from the PUP list, will be limited in camp, according to Rex Ryan. The coach speculated that Landry, coming off an Achilles-tendon injury, might practice only once every three days. He will be on a "pitch count," as Ryan called it.
Ryan said Landry impressed during his conditioning test.
"I think he sent a message to me and everybody else: He's LaRon Landry every day," Ryan said.
OTAH IN LIMBO: Ryan didn't want to comment on recently acquired OT Jeff Otah, who flunked the physical Wednesday. Right now, the trade with the Panthers is on hold. Otah, with a chronic knee issue, has seven days to pass the physical or the trade is off.
But Ryan did say that Otah is on his way to Cortland, which might be a good sign.
NO DEAL: Keller said there has been "no movement" with his contract situation. He'e due to make $3 million in the final year of his rookie deal. The Jets usually try to lock up their core players before they hit the final year, but they're taking a wait-and-see approach with Keller. They apparently will let him play out the season.
NO SHOCKEY: In case you're wondering, the Jets have no interest at this time in TE Jeremy Shockey, according to a source. They could be looking for a backup tight end.
ROOKIE MISTAKE: LB Demario Davis "popped" a hamstring during his conditioning run, according to Ryan. He doesn't believe it's serious, but it's never good when "popped" and "hamstring" are in the same sentence. Davis got hurt when trying to outrace teammates during the run. All he had to do was beat the clock, not teammates.
THIS AND THAT: Sanchez reported at 230 pounds, 12 pounds heavier than his end-of-season weight. His goal, he said, was to add muscle mass in the offseason. ... QB Tim Tebow took one look at the media swarm around him and said it reminded him of his college days at Florida. A short time later, speaking to a group of TV people, he began with the same line. ... Pouha is the elder statesman on a defensive line that includes three high draft picks in the last two years -- Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis and Quinton Coples. "I feel like an old car with four new rims," Pouha said.
HE SAID IT: Ryan was asked about Tebow's popularity and whether it might cause jealousy among other players. His response: "I want all of the players to be as popular as Tebow. I don't think that's going to happen, especially with Santonio Holmes, obviously."