C.J. Uzomah talks new Jets teammates, New York fandoms, practical jokes

Post columnist Steve Serby catches up with new Jets tight end C.J. Uzomah for some Q&A before training camp opens. 

Q: Describe your on-field mentality. 

A: It’s different (laugh). There’s a definite switch when I’m in the locker room when it’s pads-on. I’m a very smiley guy and I love having fun, but there’s certain times when there’s just a switch that happens and it’s just like … I don’t know, it’s like all the demons inside of me come out, like I’m just allowed to just go out there and try to just physically impose my will. My mentality is you get to go onto this 53 ¹/₃-[yard]-by-100-yard field and … just absolutely try to crush someone’s soul, so … it’s fun (laugh). 

Q: Some of your new teammates: What did you learn about Zach Wilson at Gozzer Ranch? 

A: He’s one of the guys, he’s finding his way as a player, as a person. … I keep forgetting, like, I’m an old head now. Like I’m 29, he’s 22. I forget what it’s like to be a young football player, let alone a young quarterback going into his second year in New York. I know he’s talented as anything, he’s smart as anything … he’s got a — I’m trying so hard not to gush — he’s got a freaking cannon as an arm. He’s a good dude, he wants this team to go, and he knows it…

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