Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Notes: Jets welcome Portugal
By Jane Mcmanus
New York Jets kicker Nick Folk came in Wednesday from the practice field kicking a soccer ball through the hall, past the showers and onto the green carpet of the locker room.
The Jets have a "Welcome Portugal" sign on the side of the field because, for this week, the World-Cup-bound soccer team is using their practice facility in the afternoons after the team takes off.
When the two teams have an official introduction later, Folk is going to try to angle a jersey switch with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays for Portugal.
"I think we have two guys that know, 'Hey, that's a soccer ball," Jets coach Rex Ryan said, referring to Folk and offensive tackle Breno Giacomini.
"I understand they've got a guy that's pretty decent," Ryan said. "If all you have is like one name out there you're pretty good I think. And then someone said he made $28 million on his contract alone. I'm like ‘What?' Golly. So Seth (Ryan) is now kicking a soccer ball and not the football."
Number notes: WR Clyde Gates took Santonio Holmes' No. 10 jersey. After practice, quarterback Michael Vick noted Gates is a receiver who has stood out to him. Also swapping shirts, CB Ellis Lankster picked up Antonio Cromartie's No. 31. Ellis said he did it in part as an homage to Cromartie and in part because the number three has always been his favorite number.
Bad news for Goodson? Jets running back Mike Goodson, who injured his knee last season, hasn't been at the Jets' organized team activities. Ryan said he hasn't spoken to Goodson and wasn't sure if the knee injury was reason for missing the practices.
"The thing I know, in this camp, it's voluntary," Ryan said. "He hasn't been here. He volunteered not to be here. And I'll volunteer to not answer the question."
Goodson, who was arrested on weapons and drugs charges, has a court date for June 12. Goodson was found unresponsive in a car that was parked in the left lane of I-80 last spring.
BBQ XXL: With so many new faces on the roster this season, the Jets have been having different team-building events off-site. Giacomini said the Jets' offensive line had a team barbeque which required two different grills to handle all the orders. "It was a lot of food," Giacomini said. "It was good."