First a few updates:
1. Get on the Facebook page or Twitter page (TurnOnTheJets) to follow the massive amounts of OTA coverage today. I will have a wrap-up article later tonight but here is what you need to know about today’s practice:
- Mark Sanchez took part in 11 on 11 drills and had a strong overall day. He was in a rhythm with Jerricho Cotchery and at one point hit him three straight times in the 2 minute drill.
- Nick Folk! He went 7 for 7 on kicks, including hitting a 52 and 53 yard attempt.
- Nick Mangold said he was 50/50 on holding out for minicamp next week…pay the man.
- Bart Scott and Darrelle Revis had a nasty collision but both were fine.
- Kevin O”Connell was working ahead of both Erik Ainge and Kellen Clemens.
- Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson were both looking good on punt returns.
- Mark Sanchez wasn’t wearing a knee brace, just a sleeve on each knee and says he is feeling great.
- Rex Ryan brought up a split screen of him and Strasburg pitching (Ryan threw out the first pitch at a Mets game recently)…funny stuff.
Turn On The Jets Exclusive Interview: David Clowney
I was lucky enough to get an interview with David Clowney in the middle of last season and fortunately he decided to come back for seconds. Clowney has taken the lead on the Jets with his off the field charity work. The David Clowney Foundation took part in a trip to Haiti this off-season and will be going to Ghana in early July. On the field, Clowney is coming off his best season as a pro and is looking to solidify himself as a core special teams player and a consistent contributor at the wide receiver position. Make sure to check out Clowney’s website at (www.davidclowney87.c0m), where you can access information on his foundation. Also, stop by (www.playerpress.com). Special thanks to Todd Schmerler for helping set up the interview:
By the way, how great is that pic of him smoking Yeremiah Bell and Vontae Davis?
TOJ: Even though many of the players on the team are actively involved in charity work, you seem to have gone above and beyond in the past year and have become a leader in that area on the team. Can you explain the initial motivation to travel to Haiti and now go to Ghana in early July?
Clowney: Haiti was a great trip. The motivation itself was just to go and help. James Ihedigbo brought it to my attention that he and his mother had decided to go to the Haitian country to help the earthquake victims and asked if me and my foundation would like to take part. Without hesitation I told him yes. From that day forth we got everything together to make this trip to Haiti.
As far as the Ghana trip, I have always wanted to go to Africa since I was a kid. Now that I have the ability to help I wanted to go over to Ghana and show the kids over there a little something different. Such as American football. But while I’m over there I will be taking clothes for the families, visiting children’s hospitals, orphanages, etc.
TOJ: There have been reports that you are one of the players who will be primarily looked at to step up on special teams with the departure of players like Wallace Wright, Larry Izzo, Marques Murrell, and Ryan Fowler. How comfortable do you feel on special teams, outside of a kick return role? And, how have you worked to become versatile enough to play on all the special teams units?
Clowney: I love playing special teams. Playing football at Virginia Tech made the special teams life a lot easier. Even as a starter at WR I still was the starting gunner at Virginia Tech on the punt team. I have no problem going down on kickoff and punt return teams. I love doing that, especially rushing off the end to try and block the punt. So all in all I have no problem doing special teams and can’t wait till the season starts to show that.
TOJ: You had your best season as a pro in 2009. Yet in terms of the wide receiver position, what skills are you looking to improve on?
Clowney: Primarily route running and hand eye coordination. Of course I can catch or else I wouldn’t be in the NFL at all, but there are a lot of technical things as a WR that we all can work on and those are two that I plan on perfecting.
TOJ: The offense will need extended reps from you in the first four weeks of the season while Santonio Holmes serves his four-game suspension. Do you look at those four games as an ideal opportunity to make a strong enough impression on the coaching staff, that you remain a consistent part of the offensive game plan even after he returns in week 5?
Clowney: Yes without a doubt. Those 4 games while he is gone have to be the best games in my career in order for me to continue my role on offense or to get reps in the game itself. I will do everything in my power to make sure come week 5 I still have a nice amount of reps in every game after that.
TOJ: Is the team generally excited about being featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks or is there concern about it becoming a distraction?
Clowney: To be honest no one has really talked about it. It was just something that came up originally but everyone is really just focused on OTAs and making sure all the new guys learn the system and all the new plays.
Video From The David Clowney’s Foundation Work
How About Clowney’s Little Bro? He looks like a young Leon Washington
And My Personal Favorite