Howdy. We’ve been lying low for the last few weeks because, quite frankly, there hasn’t been a lot to report on around the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. But we’re coming up on draft season, which means the chat will begin to increase on newyorkjets.com about the NFL Combine and such matters beginning today.
My partner, Eric Allen, and Chris Ubbens of our multimedia crew arrived at Lucas Oil Stadium this morning and hit the ground running for the kickoff of the combine interviews in front of the assembled media, which EA tells me has shown up in force today.
Among the interviews for the assembled are “select NFL head coaches and general managers.” And two who have been selected for that duty are Jets head coach Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum. Fresh off their star turn taping a CSI: New York episode on the West Coast, they’re now in Middle America and scheduled to step up to the podium for probably 15 minutes each beginning around 3:30 p.m. ET today.
At the moment I have no information regarding Rex and Mike T being streamed live or archived anywhere. We are not able to do that as we normally do for Ryan’s in-season news conferences. It’s possible NFL Network or NFL.com will carry parts of those media sessions but I haven’t received that information yet.
But Nick Gallo and I will be monitoring the Ryan and Tannenbaum pressers to bring you a full report on what they got into with the media group, which is usually a good mix of New York area football reporters and columnists and the national media types we’re so familiar with.
EA will be making the rounds for the next three days out in I-town, checking in with some of those national reporters, plus Rex, Mike and Joey Clinkscales, the Jets’ vice president of college scouting, plus some of the big-name draft prospects that you want to hear from. Job One for Allen is to get everyone on camera for newyorkjets.com and Facebook, but he may check in with us from time to time on the Radar.
Speaking of the top draft names, we’ve posted a question on the newyorkjets.com home page about which buzz-worthy draft candidate you want to hear most about from Indianapolis. We’ve only got room for four names so we may have left out your favorite top-of-the-draft pick.
But we will pop up a Jets-centric question early next week, and for that, let me ask for your help. Send me your comments on which player you’d like to see the Jets select on the opening night of the draft in a little over two months. I know some of the names, but maybe there’s a hot prospect you think is Green & White material in Round 1.
I’ll tally up the suggestions I get here on the Radar, and the top four names will go up in that question next week for all of the visitors to our site to vote on. Some 5,000 or more votes on those top four names will give us all a real good idea who the fans want to see in a Jets uniform this summer and fall.
For a preview of the combine, read Real Football’s advance to newyorkjets.com, which we posted a short while ago. Here is the interview schedule for players the rest of this week at the combine, just so you can be prepared for the reporting on your position of interest, whether it be here or on your favorite draft site:
Today — Offensive linemen, tight ends, kickers, punters, long-snappers
Friday — Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers
Saturday — Defensive linemen, linebackers
Sunday — Defensive backs
Tags: Eric Allen, Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium, Mike Tannenbaum, NFL Combine, Nick Gallo, Rex Ryan
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