"I made it through OK. I didn’t give it up today."
Although McKnight didn’t vomit, he did labor through the morning session and at one point walked over to a goalpost to receive treatment from the training staff. Admitting to nerves Friday, it was also revealed by head coach Rex Ryan and McKnight that the Jets’ fourth-round pick is battling a stomach virus.
"It was certain nerves and a stomach virus. Nerves was a part of it, but it wasn’t the whole part of it," he said. "I was real sick when I came out but that’s no excuse. I should come out and practice."
"I’m just trying to get used to this process, the tempo of practice and the whole practice in general, meetings and everything," he said. "I’m trying to get used to it. Once I get used to it, everything should be easy."
In all of the years I have spent watching the Jets, I can't think of many stories more overblown than this one. What happens at rookie minicamp is totally inconsequential to one's career. The team throws as much as it can at these rookies to see how much they can absorb. They often ask too much.
McKnight has had a lot on his plate recently. He might not have had the time to stay in top shape. He may not have had the best eating habits. If anything, this may be a good thing. It might serve as a wakeup call.