Jets Rookie Diary: Dakota Dozier

During Jets training camp, a number of players will be sharing their thoughts and experiences from their first NFL season. Rookie Dakota Dozier is up next with a quick take on his first professional training camp. The South Carolina native was a fourth-round pick out of Furman in the 2014 NFL Draft…


Camp’s been great. Obviously, it’s my first one, so I’m still getting a feel for how everything works. But I’ve been here for a while now. You have your meetings, practice, walk-through, all that, just using every opportunity to get better. That’s what I’m trying to do.


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A normal day: You get up early and get to breakfast. If it’s a weights day, you go to weights, if not, then you got meetings and practice. When you finish, if you’re banged up a bit you have to get to the treatment room. Then you get lunch, then more meetings and a walk-through. Rookies have an additional meeting after dinner. So, it’s a long day.

I feel like I’ve been handling it as best as I can. Just realizing that this is a great opportunity and to take every chance I have to get better. Don’t let anything get past me. Just make the most of it.

I feel like every time you go up a level there’s going to be more time you have to put into it. There’s a lot more meeting time, but there’s also a lot more responsibility, too, when you’re by yourself, to learn the little nuances and everything you can.


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The playbook is a lot bigger and a lot different from the college playbook. But I do feel like I’ve spent a good bit of time in it. You can never spend enough time in it. Every day, I’m just trying to pick up more and more.

I feel like my transition to guard [from tackle] has been pretty good. Obviously there’s still times when it’s kind of difficult, but I played tackle for almost my entire football career. So every day, I’m a guard now, and I’m going to be the best I can be at guard.


Dozier, the 6 foot 4, 312 pounder was a unanimous FCS All-American at Furman. He was the first lineman drafted out of Furman since 1963.

Dozier started in nearly every game during his four-year career, serving as team captain in 2013.

Earlier this summer, during his initial transition to guard, Rex Ryan said this of the rookie: “We’ve put [Dozier] in there, right side, left side, different things, and he’s done good things.”




22 comments
marcus81
marcus81

Dozier could become the Bulldozier

bob
bob

Ok Im gonna  Dakota secret message for you guys and see what it says . so heres the secret message... I Dozier off on da dozer and I cleared out a couple of lots by mistake.  awe no!

Isaac Miller
Isaac Miller

So espn has an article ranking nfl defenses and ranks our jets as 15th. Guess these are the same experts that predicted a 4 and 12 season last yr.

joemustgo
joemustgo

Doozie and Doze on one team. Kotite's dream comes true, kinda.

jsadolph
jsadolph

Who is his roommate in Cortland?  It would be great if he was paired up with Big Willie.

williamg1
williamg1

He needs to grow a beard. Maybe even dreads. 

jetlife
jetlife

Is this a TJB exclusive? Well done.

RockyMountainJet
RockyMountainJet

@Isaac Miller Its based off of PFF rankings. The Rams and Cardinals are both in the high 20s. I think its safe to say that both of those teams + the Jets should all be top 12 this year. Hopefully the Jets can be top 5.

Bent
Bent moderator

@joemustgo But Doogie got hurt.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan Actually he didn't say "he'll probably start at corner" he said "he'll start, probably at corner".


Subtle distinction there, but worth watching.  #Bignickel

williamg1
williamg1

@jetlife Very well done. Little insights like these matter. TJB is my one stop shop for all things Jets. 

Just want to know why I sometimes get redirected to the Islanders blog when I try to access TJB on my iPhone. 

Isaac Miller
Isaac Miller

Ya man and rex is a defensive guru. He can hide deficiencies if need be.

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent Rex is just straight messing with people as of late. I definitely don't hate it. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@Brendan

I remember in '09 (?)  we had to beat them to make the playoffs, and faced them the next week in the opening round.

Today's Bengals are a force to be reckoned with.  Marv Lewis  is one of the good guys.

Andrew Vazzano
Andrew Vazzano moderator

@williamg1 @jetlife William, we are aware of these issues and are working to resolve them. Trying to get our mobile theme simpler, cleaner and more user friendly... but looks like we crossed some wires in the process. Thank you!