Forgive the Jets for being a bit fiery on the field today, with a massive television presence on-hand from HBO filming promos for this summer's "Hard Knocks" reality series. The crew was from the network itself and not NFL Films, who produces the show. At least four cameras and two dozen HBO crew and staff members were on hand, creating somewhat of a circus environment at OTA at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.
Catching Up…Or Losing…With Jenkins
Kris Jenkins spent a fair amount of time on the bike while his teammates were on the field, getting up a good sweat as he continues his rehab. Jenkins said that he was 400 pounds as recently as January of this year. He said that he currently is at 385 pounds and would ideally like to see himself at 360 pounds by the start of the season. His personal goal is to weigh in at 340 pounds. The main reason for the svelter Jenkins is that he sees himself as an every-down player.
"I need to pass rush," Jenkins said.
"I made sure I padded myself a bit," Jenkins said.
Big Fish No More
Former Miami Dolphins' linebacker Jason Taylor said that he is doing well and recovering from his knee injury. While he's not football ready, Taylor is pleased with the rehab and progress he's made, saying he feels "great." He said that as far as getting on the field, he's about "75% as real football is concerned."
Taylor also said that he expects to be on the field come training camp.
"That's my goal, that's my plan," Taylor said.
Former San Diego Chargers' cornerback Antonio Cromartie had two nice plays in one of the opening drills of OTA. On the first pass Rex Ryan threw during a coverage drill, Cromartie made an easy interception, drawing cheers from the players.
Towards the end of the training session, Cromartie made a beautiful one-handed grab on a floating ball thrown by Ryan, showing off a set of hops that would make future New York Knick LeBron James proud.