D'Brickashaw Ferguson doesn't walk around with the theme to "The Twilight Zone" playing on repeat in his iPod. But there's no denying this has been a wacky offseason, one that hasn't allowed him to see all that much of his teammates and keep that camaraderie going.
"This is definitely not the normal year," Ferguson told me this afternoon at the GNC store on West 57th street, where he was helping promote Gatorade's G Series PRO line. "And I think that, yeah, that is something we do miss."
But perhaps they won't be missing it for much longer.
Mark Sanchez indicated last week that he was looking into organizing a June workout in New Jersey with as many of the current Jets as possible if the lockout isn't lifted any time soon. Ferguson's still waiting to chat it up with his quarterback, but seemed confident they'll be able to make it happen.
“I’m sure at some point, we will probably get together,” Ferguson said. “I haven’t talked to Mark yet, so I don’t know what’s going on. But I think it would be good. As much as we are players, we are peers, we’re friends, too. So it would be probably be good just to kind of get together and build that camaraderie because it’s more than just plays at the end of the day.
“It’s that chemistry, you know?”
There are those who theorize the Jets may not be overly affected by the lockout because they have so many veterans, and feature a signal-caller who's entering his third season and is extremely familiar with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's offense. But Ferguson knows better.
He's not about to co-sign on that one.
"You still have to put the time in," he said. "I mean, there’s no magic ball, there’s no magic potion that says just because you have these guys, you’ll repeat. We’ve seen that with the Lakers. Same guys from last year, they won last year, they got swept this year. What’s changed? That chemistry. You still have to put the time in, you still have to practice.
"All those things are very important and hopefully we’ll be able to do that."