Dec 19, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy talks to the media at the Jets training facility. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Greg McElroy on Preparing for His First NFL Start

Greg McElroy has been a popular man this week. Why shouldn’t he be? Guys that want to be quarterbacks work their entire lives for the moment that Greg is going to have in 3 hours. Yes, he did see action a few weeks ago against the Cardinals, but this is his first NFL start. All of the hard work, dedication, training, comes to fruition this afternoon at MetLife Stadium. So how has the preparation been different this week?

(You) just continue to do what you’ve been doing and obviously we’ve been doing this for a long time now. We’re late in the season and there’s two games left in the season. You have that routine down. You have that preparation down. It hasn’t really affected the way I’ve prepared. Every week I’ve tried to prepare like I was going to be out there, out there playing in the game and taking the snaps. This week didn’t really change much. I just got more reps in practice. I felt good. I felt comfortable going in.

Has anything been different for Greg this week, as he prepared to start?

More interviews. That’s really the only thing that has changed to tell you the truth. As far as the workload, it’s always been the same. I’ve always tried to prepare exactly like I was going to be out there. It hasn’t really changed my prep or the way I’ve gone about things. I’ve had good guys that have shown me how to do things and Coach (Matt) Cavanaugh and Coach (Tony) Sparano and Mark and Tim have been really helpful. Like I said, it hasn’t really changed the way I’ve prepared and the way I’ve tried to carry myself.

If he has success, he will continue to see many more interviews. Good luck this afternoon kid, Jets Nation will be pulling for you.

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