Two injuries couldn’t stop Bryan Thomas of the New York Jets from supporting Jason Taylor’s Golf Outing in Florida back in February.
“Even though I am not golfing, the camaraderie of meeting these guys, these are a great group of guys. Out here just enjoying myself. It is pretty good,” Thomas told Jared Ginsberg of Class Act Sports.
Thomas who injured his Achilles early in the 2011 season, is also dealing with an injured shoulder.
“When I go in, I go in at about 9 o’clock every day. I focus on my Achilles. Once that therapy is done, I work on the shoulder work. It keeps me in there a while but I know [the Jets trainers] are going to have me where I need to be. Just rehabbing hard taking it one day at a time. When the right time comes, I will be ready to play,” he said.
A member of the Jets for all 11 years of his NFL career, Thomas was resigned by the Jets in March. He will definitely help a defense that struggled without him, failing to qualify for the playoffs after making the AFC Championship games in the previous two seasons. But linebacker David Harris did a good job filling in.
“You know what Dave Harris is? He is like the quarterback of the defense. He makes all the calls. He is the signal caller. He is the one that gets the plays in. He is running around he is active he is always involved in plays. Just a great player to be around. He always does what the coaches ask him to do and he makes the job easy,” Thomas said.
Thomas also said to expect big things from Mark Sanchez this year.
“We call him Sanchize. He is going to be great. He is going to do what it takes to win. He is always competitive he always wants to win. I know he is going to get the job done, and we are going to get back to where we need to be this season,” Thomas told Class Act Sports.
Thomas is a veteran leader, but is also known to play jokes and keep it loose in the locker room.
“You just have to keep a positive atmosphere. If you’re pretty much going to work and there’s no camaraderie or no fun, then you are not going to want to go. But you just liven up the atmosphere while you are there and keep the players excited. Throw a few jokes in here and there. Everybody loves coming to work every day,” he said.
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