Jets rookies take part in dizzy bat race

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Sunday brought some bad news for the Jets with cornerbacks Dexter McDougle likely lost to a season-ending ACL injury and Dee Milliner suffering a high ankle sprain.  If there was one moment of levity, it came from the team’s dizzy bat race to start of practice among the team’s rookies.

Rookies (along with d-lineman T.J. Barnes) all performed the elementary school field day classic, running to a bat placing their forehead down onto the bat and spinning around a number of times before racing back to the relay point.

“I was just trying to get the energy level boosted up and get guys smiling and laughing and feeling good and now you’re ready to work,” Ryan told reporters at his daily press conference. “It’s like even in the classroom you want people to smile. You can get more out of them and their attention. I thought I’d break it up just a little bit and start with that drill. I thought it was good. I thought we had a good practice outside of the injuries. It was very competitive. I think we got a lot out of it.”

The players who were part of the race might not agree.  Several were disoriented by the affair and rookie QB Tajh Boyd went off course into a pile of laughing teammates.  Calvin Pryor, freshly recovered from his concussion, pulled the anchor leg for the defense.

“I never want to do it again,’’ Pryor told the New York Post. “It was to get everybody pumped up to see the young guys make a fool of themselves, everybody get a laugh out of it. … Some of the guys were telling me “C.P., we don’t think you need to go; you just got back off a concussion.” They picked me to go, so I had to. I was the anchor man, so I had to bring them home.’’

See who won the race: NewYorkJets.com




56 comments
a57se
a57se

I wonder if the Jets doctors signed off on Pryor running the dizzy Bat after coming off a concussion...

levi
levi

Who left the cage door open? The crazies are out in full force now!

j_spikett
j_spikett

boyd was selected for this team why?? because he went to the same school as rex's son? if this is the way rex determines who is selected for this team then this team is in deep do do. here you have a totally worthless draft pick. a draft dick that could have been used to solidify a very shaky secondary. boyd simply cannot throw a football to even close of the standard needed to play at this level. the fact that he was taken for no other reason than to placate rex ryans son is a poor way to run a franchise. and it shows in some of the decisions that this team made. aka the draft picks which except for ewunda and a couple of other low picks is proving to be a major bust. and the signing of patterson another totally worthless acquisition at a much needed position.just who is running the show here? is it idzik?rex? or rex's son?

Brendan
Brendan

@levi I'm now picturing Hank as one of those domesticated animals that figured out how to use a doorknob, leading some loony bin jailbreak. 

BDarc23
BDarc23

@j_spikett I think it must be Rex's son running the show. Idzik basically went to him and asked who they should pick. There is no doubt.

Brendan
Brendan

@j_spikett Normally I ask people to step down off that ledge, but in your case...just jump. Take the plunge, find a new team, and forget about this one. Please. You're crying over the team taking a developmental project in the 6th round. 

levi
levi

@Brendan I think this spikett fella wants a shot at Hanks title.

j_spikett
j_spikett

@Brendan @j_spikett ok well...the giants ended up with a very promising safety that they signed as a free agent -gordon and another promising CB jackson that they drafted in the 6th round. there are gems in late rounds and free events but you have to have the mindset to look for them. not to throw away your draft picks on the whims of a coach's son especially in what was a very deep draft

Brendan
Brendan

@levi You come at the king, you best not miss. 

a57se
a57se

@j_spikett 

This has been a consistent thing with the Jets over the past 6 years...

Scotty McKnight was drafted because he was Sanchez' buddy though everyone had him as a UDFA

Bohannon was drafted last year because he was IDziks' sons friend, he was another UDFA in the making.

Apparently, Rex likes to have his pick...

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@j_spikett @Brendan 

Oh, Oh spickett...you did it now!!

You are in trouble with the "Apologists Bandoleros"......better get a suit of armor !!

Brendan
Brendan

@j_spikett Stop. 


You want to go back to last night's discussion and relive how you were wrong about most everything you said? 


Go buy an Eli jersey and get it over with already, please. The fact that you seem to think the Giants sht gold while the Jets can't plan their way out of a paper bag is just insulting. The Giants' 6th rounder has played a total of 9 snaps in preseason (two games). Gordon's highlight thus far is missing a tackle on a quick pass that went for 20 yards. I don't know why you think these guys are absolutely, positively better than the late-rounders the Jets got, but please stop it. 


And can you guarantee that the reason the Jets drafted Boyd is because Rex's son likes him? You have definitive proof? 


I'll also save you some trouble, Bohanon was roommates with Idzik's son. NEPOTISM IN FLORHAM PARK, THE HUMANITY!!!

levi
levi

@Brendan  haha he's probably a relative. Does Hank have another son? A Giants fan in the family?

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Calling players busts in August when they were drafted in April, acting like 6th/7th rounders don't overwhelmingly end up with nothing NFL careers, applauding a team who isn't the Jets for doing nothing better than the Jets in relation to the point being made. 


I am shocked you're on board with this guy, Hank. Shocked. 

j_spikett
j_spikett

@Brendan @j_spikett that may be true but bohanon had a lot of merit. he can catch the ball and he was one of the strongest in the weightlifting combine. a good choice. to compare him to a skill less QB is quite another issue. loyally is great to a point. but blind faith is another thing. maybe i will convert my allegiance over to the giants. if i feel that team is going in the right direction why would i go down in a sinking ship? they still have new york written on their jersey.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@levi @Brendan It can't be real. No one can actually think Seth Ryan is making Jets draft picks.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

Ok, Ok, Nepotism might not be the case ....but with Rexy you know darn well it IS Favoritism !!!

BDarc23
BDarc23

@j_spikett I totally agree. This team hasn't even won a game yet during the regular season. How has Rex survived this?Ridiculous.

Brendan
Brendan

@j_spikett I'll get this out of the way now: I don't think Boyd is any good. Like, I couldn't have been more negative about him in the lead-up to the draft. That had a lot to do with people saying he'd be a potential 3rd/4th rounder. 


A compensatory 6th rounder? The two-hundred thirteenth selection in the draft? 


Yeah, you can't complain about that pick. 

levi
levi

@BDarc23  From what I read Rex really liked Boyd and wanted him. j spikett might have missed that though when he was busy on the Giants blog.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Hanknaples @Brendan I'm with you Hank. Idzik is just a puppet for Rex. That is why he was hired. The only person who shows more favoritism then Rex is Bent. Know what I mean?

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Then Boyd would be starting, not taking 3rd team/scout team reps and battling Simms for the right to not make the roster and be stuck on the PS. 

j_spikett
j_spikett

@Brendan @j_spikett its not just the pick that is disturbing. its the mindset of throwing that pick away. because your son wants you to. this team is in no position to do that. and its even worse when you throw away your second. third, and fourth pick away as well when and if rex ryan's son is in position to call the shots then let him throw away draft picks

Brendan
Brendan

@levi And while Rex was at Clemson frequently to see his son, and his son does play WR, his son was a RS freshman. How much time do you really think he spent with Boyd, an established senior starting QB with established WR's? 


Rex likes a lot of stuff, that doesn't mean Idzik just blindly listens to him. Boyd has some skill. I don't think it will be realized, but it's a 6th round pick, so that's expected. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @Hanknaples 

Last year SImms didn't play in the first preseason game and he ended up on the roster and MCElroy was gone...

Same thing could happen this year.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

IDK Brendan......if you had a choice of making NFL Rookie scale or $10/hr working @ Walmart what will you choose ???

BDarc23
BDarc23

@j_spikett

its not just the pick that is disturbing. its the mindset of throwing that pick away. because your son wants you to.


How funny is this stuff? This can't be for real but it gave me a chuckle.

Brendan
Brendan

@j_spikett Ugh. Can you please go through the past 10 NFL drafts and pull out any useful player who was taken at pick 213. 


And Boyd was their 11th pick. Are you now saying the team "threw away" their picks in rounds 2-4? That's a different discussion entirely (and also ridiculous). 

Brendan
Brendan

@BDarc23 It's either a really committed troll attempt, or this guy is the audience Manish pictures when writing his muck. 

j_spikett
j_spikett

@Brendan @j_spikett it seems that way. i know its early but so far you have a CB who was a huge reach and brittle as a piece of stale candy, a TE  with small hands who can't catch the ball, and a undersized WR you could have had much later in the draft. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@BDarc23 @Brendan 

I mean, why else would you hire someone with NO ABILITY to do the job hired for if not to just to keep him around and give him a salary??

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

You're right again Brendan...I guess $$$ is not relevant to anything !!!

Brendan
Brendan

@j_spikett Sigh. Before his injury, Dex was proving to be worth his draft slot. Non-experts called it a reach, but at least one other NFL squad was looking at him in the 3rd round. If it was a reach, it was a minor one that the team did to lock down a player they were high on. And, again, his play pre-injury was proving it a fair gamble. 


Amaro is struggling, he's also still going to be useful despite those because at the end of the day he's a huge target who is a fluid athlete. 


I would also like you to prove that Saunders (who will upgrade STs, one of the biggest areas of need on the entire team, as well as WR) wasn't worth his pick. 


These guys have not played a single NFL game yet and you're writing them off. How impatient can you be? 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples " why else would you hire someone with NO ABILITY to do the job hired for"


I don't know, let's ask Mangini why he pushed so hard to draft Gholston. He can really give us some insight here. 


And, just a little reality check for you and spickett, 6th rounders consistently can't do the job they're "hired" for. That's why 6th/7th rounders are routinely cut early in their careers or relegated to life-long bench roles. Finding starts in those rounds is a rarity. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples $ is relevant to everything. Your question had zero relevance to the discussion. Difference. 

j_spikett
j_spikett

@Brendan @j_spikett this CB that was so sought after had played a total of 3 games in his last 2 years of college. third round pick? i think not 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

" I don't know, let's ask Mangini why he pushed so hard to draft Gholston"

I did NOT know Gholston was friends with Mangini's family and that's the reason he drafted him???


PS...BTW It was Tannenbaum that drafted him NOT Mangini, right Bent???

Brendan
Brendan

@j_spikett I really wish you'd fact check things you post, because I've never seen someone be this wrong since Hank. 


He played in 12 games 2 years ago. He got hurt his senior year, he was fine his junior season and played 35 games in his first three years of college. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Boyd isn't family friends with the Ryans. He was a teammate of Rex's son for a year, a year when Rex's son was red-shirted. Get a grip. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

You're right.. being a teammate is like being a Family .....more that being a friend...much more !!

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Okay, you and spickett enjoy your brilliant "Seth Ryan runs the Jets" tea party. I'm going to leave your padded room for a bit. If you want to dial back the crazy, I'll be here. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

Ok, but while you are away ponder just one question.....how wrong is spikett when he says that Rexy is absolutely unfairly overzealous with  hiring/playing his favorites???