Jacob Bender Press Conference Transcript
Courtesy Jets PR Department
On the contact he had with the Jets during the draft process â€¦
I came up there on a visit in April and I felt that the organization really enjoyed having me there. I was much obliged to being invited up there for a visit, but I just got a call from Coach Mangini and the Jets organization right before they picked me and they said they were going to go ahead and pick me up.
On his weight …
Yes, Iâ€™m very comfortable. My current weight is 315.
On playing left tackle at Nicholls State â€¦
That is what I played at Nicholls State. I played a little bit of right tackle in some all-star games. My sophomore year, I lined up on the right side a little bit.Â
On whether playing at a small school is a disadvantage â€¦
Iâ€™m just here to prove them wrong. It doesnâ€™t matter what school you went to once you make it to the NFL. I know that Iâ€™m going to come in and Iâ€™m going to compete. And Iâ€™m going to make the most of what I have.
On what made him choose Nicholls State â€¦
Nicholls State was actually the only school offer that I received. Hofstra had initially offered me when I went there on a recruiting trip, but they had backed out because they said they were waiting for somebody else. The only I-A team that was interested was Marshall and they said I could come in and walk on, but I went ahead with Nicholls State.
On making the NFL after being bypassed by many Division I-A colleges â€¦
I do feel like I have proven a little. I still have a lot to prove. Just because I got picked doesnâ€™t mean I made the team. So I have to come in and bust my butt. I have to work hard. I know I have to compete.
On whether he has played any guard â€¦
In the all-star games, I took a few reps at both guards in one-on-ones but never in a game situation.
On how the Jets plan to use him â€¦
I havenâ€™t talked with them about that yet. They didnâ€™t mention it to me, they are just excited to have me. Iâ€™m going to come in and Iâ€™m going to work. Whichever they feel is best for the team, that is where Iâ€™ll be.
On facing Nebraskaâ€™s Adam Carriker â€¦
I thought I played well. We didnâ€™t have a traditional-style offense, so I didnâ€™t get to do too much one-on-one blocking him. Most of the time, I was up on linebackers and safeties, but the few times I did get to go against him, I thought that I handled myself very well.
On being drafted by the Jets as a good belated birthday present â€¦
Yes, it is. Very.
On being prepared to move to the right side of the line because of Dâ€™Brickashaw Fergusonâ€™s presence at left tackle â€¦
Well, Iâ€™m not sure of that. I will leave that up to the coaches. I donâ€™t know much about Dâ€™Brickashaw, but Iâ€™m looking forward to getting to know him when I come and join the organization. Obviously, Iâ€™ll leave that up to Coach Mangini and the O-line coaches and see where it goes from there.
On transitioning from the left side to the right side of the line â€¦
Well, Iâ€™m not going to say it will be easy and Iâ€™m not going to say it will be tough, but I think that I am able to play left and right, it doesnâ€™t matter. I feel that Iâ€™m athletic enough and smart enough to adjust to the different techniques used for each side. And with great coaching, I donâ€™t think that will be a problem for me.Â
On spending time in the weight room â€¦
Well, Iâ€™m working hard in the weight room. Iâ€™m lifting the weights, building muscle. I know that if I work hard enough I will play in the NFL. I know that my strength is not a problem.Â I know that it will just keep increasing.