Rob Turner was used all over the field against the Browns. He filled in for Matt Slauson when the LG went down with a knee injury in the second half, he continues to have a big role on special teams, and he even got snaps on goal-line defense.
“I played on offense, special teams and defense yesterday. I know what to do when they put me in a situation and they know I’m going to go 100 miles an hour to get there,” Turner said Monday. “I may not always win. I may not be the best athlete or person per se at one position, but they know I am going to do everything I can to play like a Jet and get the job done and help us win.”
Turner, listed at 6’4” and 308 pounds, saw a lot of Browns NT Shaun Rogers when he replaced Slauson. There aren’t many players in the league bigger than Rogers, listed at 6’4″ and 350, so it was quite the challenge.
“I’m not used to giving up 100 pounds to a guy. He’s a strong guy. I played well,” said the versatile Turner, who also backs up Nick Mangold at center. “Obviously there is stuff I want to improve on, stuff I’m not necessarily satisfied with. But I didn’t give up a sack, he didn’t make a tackle. He grabbed a hold of Mark once and I was able to knock him off and Mark stepped up. I would say it’s a win but obviously there is stuff I want to improve on.”
A feisty competitor, Turner has at times been inserted into the Jets’ goal-line defense along with OL Wayne Hunter. He loves the trench action, but unfortunately he got a shot in on a teammate at one point.
“They dumped the ball off in the flat and we had one or two guys miss a tackle. Everybody rallied to the ball and Wayne and I got in on the play, but there were about six white jerseys and the one guy with the ball,” he said. “I decleated Jim Leonhard trying to knock the pile off, so friendly fire happens sometimes.”
The 26-year-old Turner, an undrafted free agent out of New Mexico who originally signed with the Jets back on May 16, 2007, played some defense during his college days.
“I played a little bit of goal-line defense in college. It was the same kind of deal, go in the A-gap, penetrate it, hold up. If a direct run comes at you, obviously you want to tackle the ballcarrier or strip out or something like that,” he said. “It’s really to penetrate and manipulate guys and hold them off so your playmakers can make plays. That’s why they brought Bart [Scott] in, that’s why Dave [Harris] is one of the best linebackers in the league — because they make plays.”
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