Happy Thanksgiving to all Jets fans checking in for your Green & White update tonight, and especially to Kris Jenkins, who offered some glowing holiday thoughts on his turkeylicious season during his guest appearance on CBS’ special edition of "The NFL Today."
"It’s great to be up here in New York," Jenkins told the crew from the fieldhouse at the Atlantic Health Training Center this morning. "I love the fans, I love the environment. I just appreciate the new beginning. So for me, Thanksgiving’s beautiful and I’m gonna enjoy this."
Jenkins also seemed to enjoy the banter when Dan Marino popped the question that more than a few are asking of the big nose tackle this season: "Do you feel like you’re Defensive MVP this year?"
"Uhhhh … I don’t like when y’all put questions like that on my plate. I’ll get in trouble for it," Big Jenk laughed. "Honestly, I’ve never been the type of player that really pays attention to all of that stuff. If I get accolades, cool, more power, but I was surprised honestly this year when I got Player of the Week."
Jenkins got the AFC Defensive POW award for looming large in the Week 9 win at Buffalo. It was perhaps a harbinger of what is to come for the big man that Jets teammates and fans are embracing.
Former Pittsburgh boss Bill Cowher seems convinced. After the Jenkins conversation ended, James Brown asked Cowher if Jenkins is the favorite for the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year honor.
"No question about it," said Cowher, having stepped out of his lab coat for this Thanksgiving appearance. "This guy right now is playing like a man possessed. He is leading that defense and he is the best defensive player in the National Football League."
"James Harrison from the Pittsburgh Steelers?" Boomer Esiason kibitzed from his wing position on the set. "You forget those guys already?"
Cowher shrugged off Boomer’s reminder like Jenkins shrugs off double-teams.
"I’m gonna tell you," he said, "this guy’s having that type of year."
Here at newyorkjets.com, we are not a Website to disagree.
And for a funny take on Fireman Ed from Jenkins, see Wednesday’s player interview transcripts, which we posted this morning to give you something to chew on today besides turkey in all its various forms.
It was good to see the Tennessee Titans shake off the decisive home loss to the Jets last week, although it wasn’t pretty to see what they did to the still-winless Detroit Lions in today’s early-game 47-10 blasting.
I say it’s good to see that because it will help to keep the Jets’ attention should the teams meet up in Nashville again this season or perhaps even at the Meadowlands. There was nothing fluky about the Green & White’s 34-13 crushing of the Titans last Sunday, but the Titans will be a tough opponent should the teams meet again in January.
What was also neat to see was former Jets DE Dave Ball starring in this game. Ball has found a solid role with the now 11-1 Titans and he exploited it in the national spotlight with a 15-yard interception-return TD, which he ended with what can perhaps be called the Wild Turkey Dance — a leap over the goal line and two turkey-wing flaps of his arms before landing in the end zone and spiking the ball.
Considering this was Ball’s first career score, he either had a premonition he was going to take one unimpeded to the house vs. the Lions and thus worked on his routine secure in that advance knowledge, or he didn’t know anything of the sort and thus should be the favorite to get an ESPY for the season’s best spur-of-the-moment touchdown spike.
After victimizing Daunte Culpepper on that pick, he also had a strip-sack of backup Lions QB Drew Henson in the fourth quarter. Quite a holiday game for the aptly named Ball.
It was an unusual dark media day at the Jets’ new training complex with no player availability after today’s morning practice or at any other time during the players’ and coaches’ shortened work day before they got to observe the holiday with their loved ones.
The one bit of news is today’s injury report. No change on the Jets’ half of the report, and the only movement on the Broncos’ side was rookie WR Eddie Royal (toe), who was limited in today’s practice in Denver after not participating in Wednesday’s workout.
Tags: Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason, Dan Marino, Kris Jenkins, Tennessee Titans
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