After all, he's used to heavy lifting. Greene rushed for 1,850 yards last season as a junior at Iowa after spending the previous season at Kirkwood (Iowa) Community College because he was academically ineligible at Iowa. To pay his tuition, he worked in a furniture store for $8 an hour.
As a third-round pick, he'll certainly be making considerably more than when he was lifting furniture. Greene signed a four-year deal June 15 with a $905,000 signing bonus.
When asked if he thinks about how far he's come since the fall of 2007, Greene replied, "I have but not too much. I've got this thick playbook that has kind of stopped me from thinking about stuff like that."
Still, Greene won't forget about what happened. It's important to remember.
"I think that situation helped me out," he said, "and is the reason I'm here today. That whole 2007 year I was out of football made me mature a lot. It made me focus on my discipline and taking care of my responsibilities. ... Ever since then I've been working hard."
--Coach Rex Ryan tried to pump up his wide receivers, amidst speculation the Jets are interested in Plaxico Burress.
"We don't have the pads on, but there's been times that guys have been impressive," Ryan said. "You guys saw Brad Smith. I don't know if I've ever seen that kind of catch before. This is an amazing athlete. ... He made an unbelievable one-handed catch. He made a great catch yesterday in the red zone running a route and he got both feet inbounds. I mean it was like, wow, all right, the kid's coming. I mean, he really is. He sees (Chansi) Stuckey. We all know he's hard to stop in the slot. Wayne Chrebet was the toughest guy I ever saw in the slot. The (Wes) Welker kid's that way in New England. But this kid, you better have two on him because he's got that special trait. He can make you miss. He's got that wiggle. He can shake you outside, inside, break your ankles. That's encouraging to me."
"I think Clowney has had his moments," Ryan said after the last mini-camp practice. "He's also had his inconsistencies. I will say this, practice is over, it's been over for about an hour, and I see him out there on a Jugs machine with a helmet on catching passes, so that's encouraging. He knows what we need. He knows we need him to be able to make those catches consistently. He's out there trying to get better."
--The Jets will have their first training-camp practice in Cortland, N.Y. on July 31. Veterans will report the day before, with rookies checking in on July 27. Camp will break on Aug. 20. Under paranoid former coach Eric Mangini, the Jets never announced in advance when camp would break. Such subterfuge only helped the Jets reach the playoffs once in Mangini's three-year tenure.
--There was mild surprise on the second day of minicamp, when the Jets re-signed punter Reggie Hodges, who had been waived in April. They waived punter Eric Wilbur to make room. Wilbur had a miserable performance on the first day of minicamp, especially in the afternoon session.
"We think Wilbur has the chance to be a decent punter," Ryan said when asked why he was let go. "We really do. We had some issues with his hands and consistency. And that's not a good thing. If you're a punter, you better work on your hands and you certainly don't need someone dropping a ball back there, because that absolutely kills you."
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