Q & A with Martin Tevaseu and Jets sign a tackle
Jets summer Q&A with defensive tackle Martin Tevaseu
Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 10:00 AM Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 5:58 PM
By Conor Orr/The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger
William Perlman/The Star-Ledger- Martin Tevaseu is entering his third training camp with the Jets.
Today's summer Q&A is with defensive tackle Martin Tevaseu, who was active for five games last season. Entering his third training camp with the Jets, Tevaseu is among the bevy of young linemen vying for playing time.
What is something that surprised you during offseason workouts?
Probably Nick Bellore, the guy is dead-lifting somewhere in the 500s as a linebacker. It might be more, but it was just ridiculous. A guy that size with all that strength, that was cool. Weíre all just in there grinding together. You know, for me, my back is a little tight right now (laughs) but of course (I can lift more than Bellore). But yeah, itís a cool thing. There's great energy every day in the weight room.
What's the biggest goal for the upcoming season?
I can improve on all phases, getting bigger, faster and stronger. My thing is, I never want to be satisfied where Iím at, I always want to find a way to get better. So if I had to choose one, I want to be faster. I lost weight, so I know Iím down on body fat. Iím leaner right now, definitely leaner. So, I feel stronger and a lot more athletic. I feel fast, but thereís always room for improvement.
Who are some of the guys you think will have a breakout year?
Some of the young players we have, especially on the D-line, like Quinton (Coples). Heís a great player, and I think heís going to be making plays for us. The way heís practiced, you can see it in him. And also, our leaders like Sione (Pouha), heís been established. And me, Iím still kind of a young guy, but I can always go to Sione and Mike DeVito and always ask them for tips on how to get better. They're really cool about it.
Do you have any fun plans for the summer?
Just go home (to California) and grind, man. And Iím getting married (in June), so after that, itís back to the drawing board. I'm excited.
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The Jets have added undrafted free agent T Paul Cornick to the roster, the team announced Thursday.
Cornick, a 6-6, 309-pound prospect out of North Dakota State was a tryout player during the team's rookie camp back in May and joins what is now a crowded group of aspiring young players behind incumbent starters Wayne Hunter and D'Brickashaw Ferguson.
Last year, Cornick was an All-American on North Dakota's first-ever FCS National Championship team.
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