Transcript: Colon, Cumberland, Cromartie 8/22/13

New York Jets G Willie Colon, 8.22
On playing next to Nick Mangold compared to Maurkice Pouncey…

Pouncey, is just a different animal, he is extremely athletic, can run for days.  You know the only similarity between the two is they are very, very knowledgeable, with what going on around them.  There is not to many blitzes that they can’t pick up or don’t see.  Nicks mental game is out of this world.  I have been so impressed with his level of communication and how he directs us at the line.  He is a leader out there and he is the reason that we have success, he is the key reason for that.

On if the Jets vs. Giants game has a little more meaning despite it being preseason…

If you feed into it.  I think for us it’s just a dress rehearsal, if you want to take it as that.  It’s another challenge for us to go out there and show up and get ready for the season.  They have a good outfit, their championships speak numbers for them and for us we’re trying to get on the ball and get things going so it’s going to be a great night for us and we got to just get going.

On what stands out about Geno Smith…

Like I said, I’m most impressed with his composure.  His ability to come out of the huddle and get the plays going and get guys lined up.  It seems like he has a good grasp on the offense and he’s a competitor so I have a lot of faith in him.

On if his responsibilities in this offense are different than in other offenses…

No, my job is just be able to be tenacious, get after it.  They haven’t asked me to do anything thing more than my job and that’s protect, be able to communicate up there in the front, and make it happen.

New York Jets TE Jeff Cumberland, 8.22

On the offense’s performance in the preseason…

So far as an offense we’ve been doing pretty well. The first two preseason games we’ve been able to move the ball and I’ve been able to, like you said, catch a couple balls, catch a couple touchdowns. Hopefully (we) just come out in the opener vs. Tampa and we can keep on moving with it and getting better day-by-day.

On what he has seen from the West Coast offense…

Now when you look at the film, you see a whole bunch of receivers always open. I guess it’s the West Coast offense, it’s more passing oriented. Then you’ve got options. The receivers have options as far as breaking routes off or if they want to turn in, turn out, run in, run out, they’ve got options to basically get open. So, that helps a lot.

On if the blocking aspect of being a tight end was difficult for him to pick up …

It’s just being comfortable knowing what you know what to do. Now, I know what to do, so I don’t have to hesitate. I can just fire off the ball. I don’t have to worry about being late. And then I can get my proper footwork and timing. That’s all that it basically is. Just footwork, having confidence, you know what you’re doing and you’re able to just come off the ball and strike.

On people saying that the Jets are weak at the tight end position…

When it’s time and Sunday’s come, when you watch and you prove them differently. You’re always going to have those people, those doubters out there that really don’t know too much. I wouldn’t expect too many people to know too much about me, being a free agent and I played receiver. But, they’ll find out soon enough who we are as a team.

New York Jets CB Antonio Cromartie, 8.22

On if he gets more excited for a preseason game because it’s against the Giants…

No, it’s the preseason, it’s just another team that we have to come out and face.  You should be already pumped, you play in the NFL and it’s a privilege to play in it.

On if there will be any areas to …

When you say clean up, I think we have to just make sure that everyone we’re communicating, (making sure) everyone is all on one accord, everyone is doing what they’re supposed to do, everybody is getting the signals and getting the calls.  For us, I think the biggest thing is just making sure that we communicate, I think that was the thing we needed to clean up the most going into this week.

On the Stephen Hill hit in practice yesterday…

I was just treating it like a game situation, it wasn’t anything intentional.  For one, I’m going to protect myself when he lowers his head, I’m not going to get run over.  At the same time we have to make sure take care of each other.  Me and Stephen talked about it after the practice and we both agree its football, we know it’s a contact sport, but we have to make sure we look out for each other.