Colon a key for Jets Dan Leberfeld

Cortland- Jets right guard Willie Colon can’t wait to get out on the practice field.

And he’s close.

He’s almost done rehabilitating his surgical knee, and was actually in full pads today in practice, but didn’t do much.

Colon desperately wants to get practice reps with his new partner on the right side of the line, tackle Breno Giacomini.

“Chemistry is huge on the offensive line,” Colon said. “He’s got a thick Boston accent, I have to get used to it (laughed).”

Not only did Colon have to deal with a knee issue the last few months, but had arm surgery after the season.

“The arm is fine – I’m lifting what I want to lift,” Colon said.

Considering he had to rehab two different injuries, it goes without saying this wasn’t an easy off-season for Colon.

“It’s been mental grind,” Colon said. “The key is not giving up on yourself.”

And the Jets hope they are rewarded for not giving up on Colon.

A healthy Colon can help the Jets a great deal – while he needs to cut down on penalties, he’s a road-grading guard who gets a lot of movement in the running game.