Rookies (along with d-lineman T.J. Barnes) all performed the elementary school field day classic, running to a bat placing their forehead down onto the bat and spinning around a number of times before racing back to the relay point.
“I was just trying to get the energy level boosted up and get guys smiling and laughing and feeling good and now you’re ready to work,” Ryan told reporters at his daily press conference. “It’s like even in the classroom you want people to smile. You can get more out of them and their attention. I thought I’d break it up just a little bit and start with that drill. I thought it was good. I thought we had a good practice outside of the injuries. It was very competitive. I think we got a lot out of it.”
The players who were part of the race might not agree. Several were disoriented by the affair and rookie QB Tajh Boyd went off course into a pile of laughing teammates. Calvin Pryor, freshly recovered from his concussion, pulled the anchor leg for the defense.
“I never want to do it again,’’ Pryor told the New York Post. “It was to get everybody pumped up to see the young guys make a fool of themselves, everybody get a laugh out of it. … Some of the guys were telling me “C.P., we don’t think you need to go; you just got back off a concussion.” They picked me to go, so I had to. I was the anchor man, so I had to bring them home.’’
See who won the race: NewYorkJets.com