So what does it mean to be in New York?
This is the first time I have been here, with the exception of my wife and I being here a few times and playing here, but it is different. It's like being a rookie all over again, in terminology that I am not familiarized with. It's going to be exciting. It's going to be fun. Hopefully, I can contribute to the team and bring them what they are missing at this point, which is a fresh body.
Is there any anxiety or nervousness?
No. The biggest thing for me is trying to go out there and take in as much as I can at this point. I can't help them if I don't know the system. I can do more damage. So, for me, I'm really going through it, mentally repping more so than anything. But at this point in my career after 11 seasons and going into my 12th there's no anxiety at all.
Physically where do you think you are right now?
About four weeks ago I really thought there was no opportunity for me to play. So I cut down my workout a little bit. But for the most part I've worked out and stayed in fairly decent shape during the season and through training camp because I always thought that the opportunity would be there. I think a lot of people thought that I had retired and that I wasn't playing anymore but I'm in fairly decent shape. But you can't go out and practice for two hours, running around and catching footballs on your own. So I'm in about as good of shape as I could be in without those things.
Do you think you could play this weekend at all?
I'm not really sure if I'll play. It's really up to coach and where he feels where I am. But the thing I don't want to do is be out there messing up assignments or anything like that because I would be doing more harm than help at that point. But if I can learn some things and get some plays down, it'll be wherever he wants me to fill in or whatever he wants me to do.
What does this opportunity mean to you?
Its just an opportunity for me to get back out on the playing field. I had never anticipated my career to end, and definitely not the way it has ended in Detroit. If I'm going to go out I'm going out on my terms and not theirs. It was a little frustrating but it means a new opportunity as far as I'm concerned. I'm not even thinking about it at this point, it's having a new start with a team that seems to really be close. And the coach seems to have everyone's head on the right path and in the right direction. So it's a good mixture of veterans and younger guys. I think it's a team, again, that has experience, knows how to win, and hopefully I can be a factor in helping them do that.