Kris Jenkins is always one to speak his mind, never shy of saying something that others never would.
That's just part of the massive NT's makeup, the very fabric that was sewn in him during his days growing up on the outskirts of the mean streets of Detroit. Yesterday, Jenkins caused a bit of a stir when he called out a few former teammates -- without specifically indicating whom he was referring to -- during an interview on the NFL Network's "Total Access."
“We’re not here to play games," Jenkins said. "It’s one thing when you’re on camera and you’re being funny about things. We have great guys who have come in to step up and fill the void of some of these big losses that we have had this [offseason]. Then, in some other cases, we have had some real men come in and step in for the women that we lost.
"So, we’re going to be OK. Don’t worry about it.”
All righty then.
Even though Jenkins spoke in plural terms by using the word "women," the first thought, of course, turned to Kerry Rhodes. It's no secret the banished safety wasn't a popular figure in the locker room and some of his teammates didn't think he was totally committed.
While "Total Access" host Rich Eisen didn't follow up on Jenkins' comments to ask who he was speaking about, I'm fairly confident those words were directed at the guy who's now playing for the Cardinals.
"But people fail to realize all this stuff being said why didn't anyone say it 2 me. If its me?" Rhodes wrote on his Twitter page in one response to a fan.
He added in another reply post: "lol I mean really why they still talking bout me there? Lol I'm gone."
No matter who those words were actually for, it's not going to divert attention from the thing that should really be at the forefront: the lofty Super Bowl expectations that have been created by the Jets whirlwind offseason on the heels of their AFC Championship game appearance.
Jenkins offered up a message to anxious Jets fans.
“If we win, then you get all of your dreams come true,” he said. “If we lose, then you all get do what you’ve been doing for a long time, which is talk about us until you basically run us out of the city. So, you’re going to get what you want either way. But we’re going for a Super Bowl. So sit back, enjoy the ride. We’re planning on doing it big.
"That’s how we’re doing this."
And they may have already caught their first break.
Apparently, there's a strong possibility Ravens S Ed Reed will start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, which would force him to sit out the Ravens' first six games as he continues to recover from offseason hip surgery.
"I'm going to be on the PUP list for a minute, and I'm not letting them take me off like they did last time without telling me," Reed said today in an interview with Baltimore's 105.7 The Fan. "I'm just rehabbing. It's a slow process. I'm going to get out there when I feel good. I can't give you a date. I don't know."
The Jets christen their new $1.6 billion shared digs with the Giants on Sept. 13, when they host the Ravens on "Monday Night Football." Reed told the Carroll County (Md.) Times that he expects to be on the PUP list come the season opener.
"Of course, definitely," he told the newspaper. "It's going to be challenging opening up with the schedule we have whether I'm there or not. It's leaning that way more than anything. Hopefully, we can weather the storm. We have great players around us to get through those games and be able to make a run."
Now, just because Reed may not play doesn't mean the Jets can pencil in a win. That's a wee bit of a stretch. But you need a little bit of luck to win a championship and perhaps this is the first sign things may -- emphasis on may -- have some good fortunes in 2010.