Quinnen Williams doesn’t have his money on his mind as Jets training camp begins.
The defensive tackle is expected to play for $4.9 million this season but is eligible for a contract extension. Williams has had no contract complaints this offseason and that continued Tuesday.
“The contract isn’t really a big thing on my mind right now,” Williams said the day the veterans reported to training camp. “It’s not really a big thing in my family or in my head right now. I really have the impression that it will work out on its own, it will work out when the time comes to have a new contract or to negotiate a new contract.
Williams expressed excitement about entering this year after a healthy offseason. Last year he underwent foot surgery in April and it left him out of off-season training.
“Being healthy is amazing,” Williams said. “I’m lucky to have a healthy offseason rather than an unhealthy offseason. Having a healthy offseason does a lot for you. You get your body fat where you want it in the offseason.
“You get in shape like you want to prepare for the season. Not being able to train puts you in trouble because once you come back there is a lot of catching up to do. Now it’s full throttle, you’re working on your craft, working on what you need to improve. That’s why I feel like I’ve attacked this offseason, just trying to get better at nutrition and conditioning to be the player I want to be.
Williams said he lost “a lot of weight” and added muscle mass as well. He said it’s the best shape he’s been in in his career.
“It just maximizes my athletic ability,” Williams said. “It’s like driving a truck with a boat in the back. Once you drop that boat, you’re more fluid.
OT Mekhi Becton did not speak to the media on Tuesday and neither did coach Robert Saleh, so there was no update on Becton’s conditioning, but the Jets privately expressed excitement about the form in which Becton presented himself. He lost a considerable amount of weight. . Official Jets Twitter account posted a photo of a thinned Becton tuesday.
“I know he was working this offseason,” guard Alijah Vera-Tucker said. “He was telling me about it. He looked good coming in too. I can tell he has that mindset, he’s ready to prove himself.
Becton was removed from the PUP roster on Tuesday and will be able to practice on Wednesday.
Vera-Tucker said he and new guard Laken Tomlinson worked together in California recently and Vera-Tucker got to pick the veteran brain playing guard… TE Tyler Conklin went to ‘Tight End U’ and spoke to the 49ers TE George Kittle to play in that offense, which offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur brought with him from San Francisco. … CB DJ Reed said he had a strained hamstring in the spring but is now fully recovered. …DE Carl Lawson and TE CJ Uzomah have both been activated off the PUP list. … The Jets signed QB Chris Streveler, WR Rashard Davis and OL Isaiah Williams. They cut WR DJ Montgomery, CB Craig James and OL Dru Samia.