As the hours continue to count down to the New York Jets inaugural game of the 2012 season, the excitement in the locker room can barely be contained. Seven-year veteran and Pro Bowl offensive lineman Nick Mangold is especially looking forward to Sunday's contest against the Buffalo Bills. No stranger to season openers, Mangold hopes to start the year off right with a win and inch one step closer to a return to the postseason.
"I remember every first game for each of my seven years now," stated Mangold. "It's an awesome experience and we're really looking forward to getting out there and having a good battle with Buffalo."
Mangold's primary responsibility will be slowing down the defensive line of the Bills who boast the tandem of Kyle Williams and Mario Williams. While former Houston Texan star Mario Williams remains the most reputable lineman, Mangold believes that it is Buffalo's the tackle who he needs to watch out for.
"Kyle (Williams) is doing a fantastic job," said the former Ohio State Buckeye. "He's very underrated and he's a heck of a player, so it's going to be a challenge for us. It's going to be a good battle and we're really looking forward to it."