Jayden Reed is a 23 year old rookie wide out from Michigan State university, that the Packers drafted 50th overall in the second round. Like the other rookie show-outs this preseason, he scored a big play in the 21-17 loss to the Patriots Saturday.
In a post-practice interview yesterday, he elaborated on thoughts towards how this preseason is panning out so far for the Packers. He gave some interesting answers, and I want to go over the highlights in this article today.
Developed a consistent skill set in college:
The first person he credited his development to is his wide receiver coach from Michigan State, Courtney Hawkins. ” Just really trusting the coaching over the years, Courtney Hawkins my receiver coach at Michigan State, he really hound on me to focus on the things I’m good at “, Reed explained.
Just goes to show how good the Spartans are at elevating talent to the next level. After shouting out his coach, he gave an interesting secret regarding his off-season training routine.
Summer-time heat check:
Players using the off-season time away from NFL action as a way to improve their craft is very normal. The interesting, and dare I say unique part of Reed’s summer workouts, is the way he goes about it.
When a reporter asked if he is ready for the hundred degree weather expected for practice on Wednesday, he had an interesting response. ” I do my off-season training in Florida for a reason “, he explained.
” I try to focus on doing my off-season training in Florida so you know I am ready for the heat when I get back “, the rookie said. ” A hundred degrees is a bit different, so I’ll definitely have to focus on staying hydrated “, Jayden said.
Every time I examine these interviews from the young guys, I am always enthused by the unique answers they give compared to the vets. It brings energy to the situation, a certain aura if you will.