Jets’ Willie Colon Has High Expectations
As New York Jets offensive lineman Willie Colon gears up for his second season in green and white, the 31-year-old is expecting big things from his offense.
“I always have high expectations,” Colon said. “I feel like if we’re on our game, we’re doing what we need to do, we’re efficient as far as managing the ball, no turnovers, and being better on first and second down. I think we weren’t that good last year with that. If we’re good on first and second down so we don’t have to make third down such a mission, I think the sky is the limit for this offense.”
On Sunday, Colon was activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. He returned to practice fully padded after missing three days while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery he had in the offseason. While he did not participate in team drills, Colon said he is doing much better as far as his health is concerned.
“I’m good, for the first day,” he said. “Each day is a progression. Right now (I’m) just taking it slow. Trying not to have any setbacks. That’s the key right now.”
The Jets’ right guard, Colon started all 16 games for Gang Green last season and signed a one-year, $2 million deal to return to the team in March.
Colon tore his right bicep in the last game of the 2013 season. Between that and the surgery, he was unable to practice in the offseason or minicamp.
Now, he is excited to get back to football and his teammates, particularly new right tackle Breno Giacomini.
“I kind of wanted to get going with him, because chemistry is huge for the offensive line,” Colon said. “So I just have been really eager about that. Right now it’s time and I am ready to go.”
The Jets are set to open up against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium on September 7. Their first preseason game will be August 7 against the Indianapolis Colts.
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