Some of the Jets' newest additions, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and S Marcus Maye, had high praise for their new head coach, Todd Bowles.
Both appeared on SNY's The Jet Stream podcast, and when asked who is most impactful to the Jets this season, Seferian-Jenkins showed love to his coach.
"I would definitely say, first of all, coach Bowles," Seferian-Jenkins told SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon. "I never had a coach like that, that really just says a real, honest thing. Just tells you the truth. He doesn't want to lie to you, he doesn't want to sugarcoat anything. I think he's a phenomenal coach."
The fourth-year pro has been impressive at Jets camp so far even though he told Schwartz and Colon he had his worst day at practice during the interview. It may be because he is trying to adopt the mentality Bowles sets for the team each and every day.
"That's something we need to build around. That mentality that he has and how he approaches every single day and how he approaches his work, getting here early, leaving late. You know how coaches do," Seferian-Jenkins said.
"He's just a constant grinder. He's always a constant backbone for us, and as a young team, we need to adopt his mentality, and continue to grow into his mentality of being a steadfast, backbone team that's strong and can push through tough days."
Seferian-Jenkins, who is suspended for the first two game of the season due to a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, may be a prime target this season with WR Quincy Enunwa out indefinitely.
Maye had similar words about Bowles, who he believes has made the effort to bring the younger players up to speed with the veterans so that everyone is in sync.
"Coach has been doing a great job in getting us up every day to come out and work," Maye said. "He's been doing a great job of making sure the young guys caught up with the older guys right away."
Along with fellow rookie S Jamal Adams, Bowles has high expectations for the pair this season. As a result, Bowles has put pressure on the first and second-rounders early.
"He's been on us in the secondary, very tough," Maye said. "He knows what it takes. Obviously, he has big expectations for us. But he's also coaching us, pushing us. ... He's throwing us in the fire, but he's also helping us out at the same time. So, coach Bowles is definitely doing a great job with everybody."
Another standout at practice so far, Maye has been a ball-hawk, hunting down passes as he gears up for the season.
Bowles will see if the rest of his team has adopted his mentality in their first preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.