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 to a three-year contract in April, hoping he ...