This is the time of year when most NFL players finish their minicamps and head out on vacation.
Jets defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis, however, is heading to a Virginia jail to begin a 45-day sentence for his role in a 2010 fight while he was a college student.
“I have conversations with a lot of our players, but obviously that’s a different situation. But I definitely talked to him,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said, per the Newark Star-Ledger. “There are people that have gone through similar things, and I basically said, ‘Lean on each other.’ That’s pretty much it.”
Ellis isn’t scheduled to be released until July 29, three days after the Jets are scheduled to report to training camp. He didn’t have much to say about his next 45 days, other than he wanted to continue getting ready for training camp.
“Conditioning is a major part of playing in the NFL. I’ll just try to get in better shape,” Ellis said. “I’m just going to do my best to show up here and contribute to the team.”
Ryan has praised Ellis’ work throughout the offseason, citing him as one of the Jets most-improved players. He mentioned that the former 330-pounder once couldn’t do a pull-up, but now does 10 sets of 10 with weights attached to him.
If nothing else, Ellis will have time to keep himself in shape, while his teammates are relaxing by the pool.