Five days removed from a one-car accident on his way to Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, rookie WR
“I’m not going to go into too much detail about what took place Friday,” he said. “Some events happened that led me to go to the hospital, but I’m feeling great and blessed and I’m happy I’m here today.”
Saunders missed the game against Cincinnati on Saturday and has been ruled out for Friday’s contest against the Giants. He’s physically been at practice but hasn’t participated in any drills. He said he’s doing better today than he was last week, so that’s an encouraging sign.
Football will have to wait until test results get back, but Saunders said he isn’t worried about this incident following him throughout his career.
“I’m not concerned at all,” he said. “I feel I have a bright future ahead of me.”
He said he remembers the different disguised blitzes the Giants defense threw at him last Aug. 24, but said he’s looking forward to facing their in-state rivals.
“It’s definitely a bragging-rights game. I look forward to it,” he said. “Also, it’s another chance for our offense to get out there and continue to get better and to develop our skills. It’s a tough test. They have some good corners on defense and they bring a lot of different blitz packages. So we’ve got to be ready for everything.”
Smith said he will view this game as a measuring stick to see how all the work he put in all offseason and preseason will come to fruition.
“I look forward to this game and seeing how much I’ve improved since then,” he said.
Journeyman LeQuan Lewis has had a rough professional career that’s included 27 transactions since 2011, but the cornerback was impressive at today's practice, recording two interceptions in team drills.
“I was just playing my technique and playing the situation," he said. "On one of them, it was a third-and-long play. Obviously they’ve got to get past the sticks, so I kind of sat at the sticks, read the guy’s body and broke when he broke.”
Lewis spent time with the Jets in 2012, and said that with every rep he gets in practice, the playbook keeps coming back to him. He added that he doesn’t go into practice or a game with any expectations other than playing as he did Wednesday.
“When my opportunity comes, I just want to go out there and make plays. That’s all I can tell you,” he said about the Giants game. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in terms of playing time. When my number is called, I’m going to go out there and make plays.”
IK Tries to Be More Than OK
IK Enemkpali has had a fine preseason so far, coming up big in clutch moments. Against Indianapolis, he had a strip-sack of Colts QB Chandler Harnish with less than one minute left on the clock and against the Bengals he blocked Kevin Huber’s punt that resulted in a safety.
IK's all about the team, saying that his personal goals are doing the things that help the team like giving everything he has and getting to the ball.
“We’re just going to go out there as a team and we just try to go out there and get the win,” Enemkpali said. “Personally, I’m just trying to play hard, show the coaches I’m playing like a Jet. That’s a big thing. I’m going to show the coaches I want to be here.”
He said he’s excited about heading out for the practice at Hofstra University on Long Island tonight because it gives the team at opportunity to reach out to more fans than those who attended practice at SUNY Cortland or the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.
“It gives us a chance to let fans know that we’re loyal, we’re here and we’re fighting,” he said.
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