Kellen says he’s the one
Kellen Clemens and Brett Ratliff are getting ready for the optional minicamp next week, and both are ready to get back to football. Now that Jay Cutler is safely with the Bears, the two can focus on the in-house competition. Yesterday after an optional workout at the Florham Park training facility, Clemens said he was ready to take the starting quarterback spot vacated by Brett Favre.
“I’m very confident. It’s my full expectation to be under center opening day,” Clemens said.
Ratliff may not realize just how much we writers love definitive statements like the one Clemens made. Whether it’s Favre saying he expected to make the playoffs or if it’s Joe Namath guaranteeing a Super Bowl victory. Ratliff was a little more subdued when asked if he would be the QB this season.
“That’s my goal,” Ratliff said.
OK, now for the amusing stuff — Clemens found out about the Cutler-to-Bears trade because he got a text from his mother-in-law, that’s right, his mother in law was faster than his agent or his boys. That’s good looking out.
And safety Kerry Rhodes, always good for a laugh, was asked what he learned from last season. “Not to start off good and lose at the end,” Rhodes said.
Updated: RB Leon Washington said he is hopeful the Jets will rework his deal and that both sides are still working on it. … QB Erik Ainge was not at the practice facility again today.
The NFL Network and NFL.com will announce the NFL schedule next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Lastly, the Jets are doing a Taste of the Jets at 7 p.m. on May 5 at Cipriani’s Wall Street. Tickets are $250 and proceeds will go to combat hunger.