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Brandon Moore says he'll be ready to go

New York Jets guard Brandon Moore speaks to

New York Jets guard Brandon Moore speaks to the media at the team's training facility in Florham Park, N.J. (July 26, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

RG Brandon Moore said he's on target after his hip surgery in February and should be able to get back to action in the foreseeable future.

"I don't like timelines or deadline," he said at the Jets training facility in Florham Park, NJ. "Everything is on schedule and I'll be ready to go when it's time to go."

Moore, also the team's player representative, was the first Jet to address the media today - part of a smattering of players that arrived to training camp today one day after the end of the NFL's 136-day lockout. Though not allowed to take the field until Sunday, Moore, along with a number of teammates including Mark Sanchez, Dustin Keller and Nick Mangold, arrived this morning for physicals and to meet with trainers and coaches. 

"It was a big sigh of relief that players can get back to work," he said. "I feel like we came to a fair agreement and I'm glad to be talking about football instead of revenue splits."

And, though the conversation was peppered with questions about the lockout and the tense weeks of negotiation, there was, indeed, plenty of football to be discussed.

Here are some highlights:

Moore on OL chemistry: "That word, chemistry. I think we'll be OK. We've got a good coach in Bill Callahan and he's got a good plan in place and whoever he has line up during the season is going to be prepared."

On Mark Sanchez adapting to the volatile situation at WR: "We're football players. We learn to adapt and adjust and I'm sure he'll do the same. Whatever talent he has to play with, he has no excuses...Mike [Tannenbaum], Woody [Johnson], Rex [Ryan], are going to do everything possible to get him the tools...There aren't going to be any excuses for us as to why we can't go out and score points."

On whether players will be ready: "I think guys will be in the best shape of their lives. Will they be in football shape? No. Even in the past, when you had off-season workouts, the minutes you go to camp and put pads on, it's completely different." 

Of course, there can be no conversation without mentioning the lockout and Moore, as player rep, had a front row seat. There were plenty of points, he said, where the thought training camp and even part of the season would be cancelled.

"We knew coming in that this was going to be a big fight," he said. "There were definitely times where I was like, 'I'm going to have to tell the guys to hold on and maybe miss training camp or some games...it didn't get as messy as it could have gotten."

He did add, though, that there were times "it got nasty."

"There's no reason to rehash old wounds or pick at scabs," he said. "I think the partnership is back."

For all the bad blood that circulated in the past few weeks, Moore said that mostly, everyone is glad to get back to action - something he underlined early in his statements.

"It was like Christmas last night," he said. "I couldn't sleep. I was excited to get back here, seeing the guys, and getting back to football." 

 

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