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Paysinger loves (a small portion of) NY

Spencer Paysinger is from Los Angeles and played college football in Oregon. So how is he handling life on the East Coast?

“I love it so far,” he said. But before Mayor Bloomberg (who’s that?) or Gov. Christie could put Paysinger in a tourism commercial, he finished his thought.

“I’ve only seen here and the hotel,” he added, “but hopefully once camp breaks I’ll be able to actually go into (New York City).”

For now, the iconic Manhattan skyline remains just a fixture on the eastern horizon while Paysinger, an undrafted free agent linebacker, practices with the team. His life for the last few weeks has consisted of going from the team’s hotel to the Timex Performance Center, and then back.

“A lot of my friends ask me ‘How is the big city?’ and I have to say ‘I don’t know yet,’” he said. “In a week or so maybe I’ll try to get over there and do some sightseeing.”

Paysinger got an upgrade in practice yesterday, stepping in for the injured Michael Boley at weakside linebacker with the starting unit.

“The communication level up there is a lot different than the 3s, but I think I held my own out there,” he said. “Anything that can be said out there will be said out there in terms of what we have to do, techniques we have to play. With the 2s and 3s, the players are still trying to learn that but the 1s are doing it at light speed.”

Someone told Paysinger that he might not be as enamored by the New York area once camp is over and he has to start renting an apartment. If it comes to that, then he’ll have made the team. I don’t think he’ll mind.


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