Found May 06, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Every rookie who enters the NFL has some level of adjustment to make. Learning the plays, earning a paycheck and getting used to the speed of the game are all things you hear a lot about. Jets rookie tight end Hayden Smith needs to get used to wearing a helmet. Smith, who is from Australia and spent the past four years playing rugby in England, had never worn a helmet or participated in a football practice until Friday. "It was quite good actually," Smith said of wearing his headgear. "I had better vision than I expected, and sure enough, soon enough you just forget that you're wearing it. It's something you definitely make an adjustment to quickly. That's probably just because I'm so concerned with what I have to do. My mind is going a million miles an hour. It was good fun to put the helmet on and have a bit of a runaround." Not many rookies describe practice as a "bit of a runaround," either. The Jets signed the 27-year-old Smith...
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