FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 04: Stephen Hill #84 of the New York Jets works out during the Jets Rookie Minicamp on May 4, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Minicamp has come and gone, and to be absolutely honest we don't know a great deal about anyones game, it's fun to see these guys in Jets green and it's fun to see Stephen Hill catching some passes, Coples getting some "sacks" and Demario doing his best Revis impression in coverage. However you start to get to know these guys, how they handle questions.
Rex and the gang (I.E the rookie class) had some great things to say, unfortunately Cimini took a little descending tone in his article, suprise surprise. One day we will have to get over this fear of Vernon Gholston take two. Personally I think the comparison between Coples and Gholston is completely unfounded, they were drafted high by the Jets and play on the defensive side of the ball. Coples loves the game, Gholston looked like he couldn't give a damn. The real quotes come from rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill:
The Jets' top scout, Joey Clinkscales, said Hill has Calvin Johnson-like athleticism. Hill, not lacking for confidence, didn't mind that at all, noting that he tries to emulate Johnson and Jerry Rice.
"Those aren't guys I'm going to be," he said. "I'm going to be my own self. I'm trying to take their game and put it into mine so I can be the best I can be or be better than them."
A lot of confidence, but you need that in this league. It doesn't just stop with Hill, it continues with 3rd round selection Demario Davis:
At 6-foot-2, 239 pounds, Davis doesn't have the traditional size of an inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but he can run and cover and blitz. And, yes, he does have some swagger. He said he models his game after Lewis and Lawrence Taylor.
"I try to play with the recklessness and havoc that Lawrence Taylor played with, and try to have the leadership and passion Ray Lewis has," Davis said.
Oh, is that all?
Personally I don't want these guys coming into camp saying, I'm going to be OK. I'll probably have a couple of good years but not be elite. I model my game after Tony Mandarich and Aundray Bruce. I want them coming in here saying they want to be the best, they model their games on the elite of the elite. Something tells me that confidence isn't a problem with this group and I wouldn't have it any other way.