Turn On The Jets Exclusive Interview: Donovan Warren

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Turn On The Jets Exclusive Interview: Donovan Warren

One of the first moves by the Jets after the draft was pouncing on undrafted free agent Donovan Warren from Michigan. Originally projected to be a mid round pick by draft pundits, Warren fell down draft boards when an ankle injury led to a slow 40 time at the NFL Combine. However, Warren was one of the top cornerbacks in the Big Ten last season and has a very good chance to stick on the Jets roster as a safety, where he has been working since joining the team.  His godfather, Mark Carrier is an assistant on the Jets coaching staff, helping his transition to the NFL.

TOJ: How much personal motivation do you have to prove all the teams who passed on you in the NFL Draft wrong?

Warren: It is a lot of motivation to just go out everyday and work hard. It will motivate me to keep working hard and get the opportunity to show that I am something special.

TOJ: Do you think there is too much of an emphasis on combine workouts, instead of focusing on a player’s production on the field?

Warren: Yea, I feel as if there is a lot of emphasis on workouts but it is just part of the business. It is what it is. When the pads get on and your on the field it is football. Football is football and not everyone has the chance to play at this high of a level.

TOJ: Even though you were a UDFA, you appear to have come into a very good situation. Your godfather is an assistant coach with the team, your physical style of play fits well with Rex Ryan’s scheme, and it has been well documented that Ryan loves his defensive backs and loves to carry as many as possible on the roster. How excited are you to be part of this defense and what can you bring to it?

Warren: Yea I feel as though the coaches and players on the team have the right mindset, just going on chipping away day by day. I am blessed to be in this position and I am taking advantage daily.

TOJ: After spending the overwhelming majority of your time in college at corner, you have primarily been working at safety since joining the team, what is your comfort level at this position?

Warren: Yea, it is very different. I am just learning the daily nuisances of the position and trying to soak in as much as possible from my teammates and coaches around me.

TOJ: Can you talk about how big of a help Jim Leonhard has been in your transition to the NFL and if he is inspirational considering he was a UDFA and now is a starter and one of the leaders of the NFL’s best defense?

Warren: As for Jim Leonhard, he is an inspiration coming up as an undrafted free agent and just someone who I can relate to on the same team.

TOJ: What can you bring to the Jets on special teams?

Warren: On special teams, I am willing to do whatever it is to help this team get to the Superbowl and make history.

Pro Draft Party Warren Draft Tape

Post-Game Interview

Thoughts On Jets OTA News

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First a few updates:

1. Did you enjoy the interview with David Clowney? Of course you did…good because we should have another interview with safety Donovan Warren coming in the next few days.

2. Follow Turn On The Jets on Facebook and Twitter (TurnOnTheJets)…NBA Finals commentary kicking off at 9 PM tonight. Let’s go Lakers.

3. The last Jets practices before they disappear for a little over a month will take place next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Monday is open to the public at Florham Park and of course Wednesday is open to the public at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Turn On The Jets will be there on Wednesday with the cameras out looking for fans to talk Jets football.

Thoughts On Jets OTA News

Contract Situations – The good news is that the Jets gave Darrelle Revis another offer, which was better than their reportedly ridiculously first offer. The bad news is that it still wasn’t enough to end this contract dispute or make Revis the highest paid corner in the league. This isn’t ending until the Jets bite the bullet and give Revis more money than Nnamdi Asmougha. He did say he would be at minicamp next week but didn’t rule out missing training camp time. I doubt he would actually skip any of training camp unless the Jets next offer was lower than the first two. Mike Tannenbaum has his work cut out for him the next month. The organization’s goal should be to get Revis and Mangold taken care of or at least make substantial, substantial progress before training camp starts.

Nick Mangold said he was 50/50 on attending mini camp next week. The sense of urgency clearly needs to pick up in Mangold’s negotiations since he is in the final year of his deal. The Jets offensive line goes from being one of the league’s best to a bit of a clusterfudge (TOJ is PG-13) without him. Can we get this done, now? I understand these are complex negotiations but doesn’t it send an ideal message to your team by taking care of your homegrown, best offensive and best defensive player within a few weeks of each other? The only negative floating around the Jets season before it starts will be taken away and all the chatter about the Jets never taking care of their own will go away.

PhotobucketWhat The Folk?7 for 7? A 51 and 53 yarder right through the uprights? I always had faith in the guy. Seriously though, it is about time we got some encouraging news on the Jets kicking game. Yet that is no reason to take Matt Stover off the speed dial list.

Sanchez – From all indications, Mark Sanchez is 100 percent back and feeling great. He practiced without a knee brace today and it sounds like he will be full go for mini camp. The second year quarterback had a very good all around practice and was in rhythm, especially with Jerricho Cotchery today. Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes may be bigger names, but Cotchery will have more catches than both of them this season.

Take It Easy – Kris Jenkins still hasn’t received medical clearance to practice fully with the team, yet. Santonio Holmes has also been slightly limited because of tight hamstrings. Let’s take it easy with these guys. We are close to a one month break and we need them both 100 percent for training camp.

Oh, Our First Round Pick – For a first round draft pick, Kyle Wilson doesn’t get a ton of publicity. However, he hasn’t dropped a punt yet and is progressing well in the defense. Don’t forget about the two key roles Wilson will be playing for the Jets this year, primary punt returner and nickel back. Antonio Cromartie has also been working on punt returns and has been making some head turns with his open field moves.

O’Connell #2? – Kevin O’Connell was working ahead of both Kellen Clemens and Erik Ainge. I think we are headed to a Jets quarterback depth chart of Sanchez, Brunell, O’Connell in week one.

Nick Folk Everybody

Turn On The Jets Exclusive Interview: David Clowney

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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?

PhotobucketClowney:  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

Turn On the Jets Interview With David Clowney

First a few updates:

1. Rex Ryan has made the decision to make James Ihedigbo and Marques Murrell inactive for this week’s game against Oakland for their role in a fight with Buffalo’s Derek Fine in OT, which drew a personal foul penalty against Ihedigbo. I can’t argue with the decision because this team needs to be more disciplined and both players deserve to be punished. You can’t afford 15 yard penalties in overtime.

2. I liked Mark Sanchez’s demeanor and attitude in his press conference today. He seems to have the right mindset to get back on track. Let’s not forget he responded with a strong performance against Miami after a rough game against New Orleans. Hopefully, he can do the same thing this Sunday in the Black Hole, where at least he will be accustomed to the weather.

Turn On The Jets Interview With David Clowney

New York Jets wide receiver David Clowney has been kind enough to take the time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for me here at Turn On The Jets. Clowney has seen an increased role the past few weeks and is gradually becoming a bigger part of the Jets offense. Two weeks ago against Miami, he recorded 4 catches for 72 yards and he got his first start last week against Buffalo. Make sure to check out David’s website at www.davidclowney87.com and also make sure to stop by www.playerpress.com. Special thanks to Todd Schmerler for helping set up this interview.

JC: Does the team and yourself personally still have confidence that you can win games with Mark Sanchez under center?

DC: Without a doubt, we have confidence in all three quarterbacks we have. Mark is the future of this team so we’re going to ride with him.

JC: Were you frustrated that you played the entire game Sunday but didn’t have a single ball thrown your way despite clearly getting yourself open a few times?

DC: Anybody that plays offense would be frustrated when you don’t get the ball in your hands. I’m pretty sure the coaches want and expect guys to be upset about that. I always want to be that guy that wants to make a play, that’s the type of guy I am. When there’s a play to be made I’m always hoping to get my hands on that ball.

JC: Do you feel a sense of satisfaction and that you are proving you belong in the NFL as a full time player from the past two weeks: Having big game on Monday Night Football and then making your first career start against Buffalo?

DC: Without a doubt, I believe I did that in the preseason last year and this year. That’s like your interview, your audition. I also felt I showed it at the end of last year when I got into some games. I hope to continue showing it, because you have to if you want to have one of those 16-year careers like my coach Henry Ellard.

JC: We all know about your speed, but what is the one aspect of your game that people are overlooking?

DC: The way I block in the running game. I love blocking. I love football, so I love every aspect of the game. The running backs and linemen have to block in the passing game, in order to get a ball to the wide receiver the quarterback needs the running backs to help block. So when they’re running the ball I have to do my job by blocking, making sure the running back gets to the corner and then maybe get another block downfield to stretch the play from 10 to 20 yards.

JC: What have your learned from playing with Jerricho Cotchery the past couple of seasons?

DC: Jerricho’s a very very very humble person. He doesn’t say too much but he’s the kind of player you can learn a lot from watching. As far as football is concerned, it’s his route running. He’s one of the best route runners in the game. I try to compete with him at route running to try to do it as well as he does on a consistent basis.

David Clowney Shows Off His Moves This Past Pre-Season