Robert Turner swears he is “trying to take it easy on fighting” this year at Jets camp in Cortland.
But he admits what Rex Ryan said, he can only hold off for so long. Turner – who is notorious for the amount of fights he gets in at practice with teammates – got into the Jets' first fight of training camp today with linebacker Jamaal Westerman.
Despite the punches thrown, however, Turner refused to classify the incident as a fight. And Turner promises more “real” fights to come.
“Honestly, I wouldn’t consider that a fight,” Turner said after the morning practice at SUNY Cortland. “Usually, I pick them, I’m not saying there will not be one, but there probably will be another one or two coming.”
The fight occurred towards the tail end of the Jets morning session -- and was the highlight of an otherwise dull practice. Turner said Westerman didn’t let go of his facemask after telling him to stop clinching. Turner then went after Westerman and proceeded to split open his hand on either a shoulder pad or a helmet.
It was the first fight this year for Turner after getting into approximately five last year and “one everyday” in his first training camp under Eric Mangini.
By now – since his first fight as a freshman in high school when he fought the offensive lineman he would be out for a starting job on varsity – Turner has the in-practice fight down to an exact science.
Well, at least as scientific a fight against a man wearing a football helmet can get. Maybe it’s the same technique as most – an obvious technique – but Turner relys on it to keep the status of the Jets “most frequent and best practice fighter” his.
“Normally when I get a hold of somebody, I know how to work them around,” Turner said. How to manipulate the helmet. …You grab the facemask and you press it back to expose the chin.”
Ryan predicted that Turner would get into the first fight of camp, and joked about it in his press conference afterwards.
“The fight was what we thought it would be – Rob Turner. No he didn’t [disappoint]."
When then asked what it was about, Ryan responded in the same comical manner.
Said Ryan: Who cares?
After practice, Ryan confirmed what most media members had already heard from numerous players. In the competition for a starting spot at left guard between Matt Slauson and Vladimir Ducasse, Slauson has the edge as of right now in camp.
Slauson is in the driver's seat for the spot vacated by Alan Faneca due to his mentality in the trenches, an attitude Ryan said is with every other member of the offensive line – D’Brickishaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Damien Woody and Brandon Moore – always.
"Vlad, I want to see him finishing with that mentality and attitude,” Ryan said. “You are going to stick out like a sore thumb if you don’t have that mentality with this offensive line."
“I saw it today out there as (Ducasse) was shoving guys,” Ryan added. “That is why I would put Slauson ahead of Vlad right now.”
This and that from the morning practice:
-- Jason Taylor said that the current Jet defense is the most complex defense he has ever learned. The former Dolphin also said the attacking Jet defense is more tailored towards his main asset in “What I do best, get in the backfield and create havoc.”
-- Special Teams coordinator Mike Westhoff compared himself to golf swing coach Butch Harmon repeatedly Friday when referring to coaching first team Jet kicker Nick Folk.
On Folk’s kicking thus far in camp, Westhoff said he had the grounds crew construct a “T-Square like” contraption for Folk to use when lining up for kicks.
Westhoff has said that it has worked thus far as he is desiring for Folk to have, “alignment and technique that is consistent. … I want to be shocked when Nick misses. (In the past) with Nick, I wasn’t shocked.”
Folk didn’t miss a kick today, going 6-for-6 and drilling a long of 51 yards.
-- Rookie tight end Jeff Cumberland missed a couple of periods at the end of practice with what may be a head injury.
-- Offensive guard Marlon Davis was out with a knee injury.
-- Wide receiver David Clowney was out of practice with personal business. Ryan hopes he will be back for team meetings tonight.
-- Ryan compared Folk to former Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover with regards to both Stover and Folk, "missing every attempt in minicamp, but not missing during the season and in big time situations".
-- Ryan said defensive end Mike DeVito has made huge steps and “he is ready to be a starter in this league now."
-- Ryan said there is no Darrelle Revis update on his contract situation.