FLORHAM PARK, NJ - On Thursday August 4th, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton from WFAN Sports Radio hosted their morning show live from the New York Jets practice facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. Approximately 20 selected season ticket holders were given the chance of a lifetime to be up close and experience the one-on-one interviews with players, the head coach and management of the New York Jets.
The first live interview was with Ryan Fitzpatrick during which the newly re-signed quarterback discussed his contract negotiations.
"It was tough,” Fitzpatrick said. “The hardest thing for me, you know, is the he said, she said stuff in the media, but I was still here and my kids were in school here. So as OTA's were going on and mini-camp, I was ten minutes away, you know, just kind of sitting there."
Next was Muhammad Wilkerson, who was a bulwark of the Jet’s defense last year. The defensive end discussed his new contract, his thoughts on the New York Jets defense and how his deal got the Fitzpatrick deal done.
"We could be the best d-line in the league” Wilkerson said proudly. “10 and 6 wasn't good enough."
Last season’s heartbreak ending will not soon be forgotten by the team and fans alike. Wilkerson believes that the team’s talent has grown since last year and that the team as a whole is only getting better. This became even more evident when he turned his attention to Darron Lee, one of the new recruits to the Jet’s roster this year.
"He's definitely a fast player,” Wilkerson praised the rookie. “You know, a guy that plays with speed."
Following Wilkerson was Brandon Marshall. The wide receiver came off a blockbuster season with the best numbers of his career. Marshall expressed confidence in the extraordinary communication between all the offensive players, both on and off the field. Brandon said he had the same feelings in the past when he played for Denver and then Chicago with Jay Cutler.
"This offense," Marshall said, "I really feel we can go to the next level because of our communication. That's No. 1."
"This year, even though Ryan wasn't here in the offseason, it feels like our team. It feels like our offense. So it's a big difference," Marshall continued, perhaps giving confidence to some worried fans. "We feel so confident out there. We're so poised."
The Jets are currently embroiled in preseason, but the first game of the season on September 11 is edging ever closer. Interviews with Darelle Revis, Todd Bowles, Eric Decker and Mike Maccagnan will be coming up next as we look forward to the first kick off of 2016.