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Concussions Not a Concern for Pool

When the Jets signed free agent safety Brondey Pool in the offseason, Pool was considered a risk because another concussion could spell the end of his career.

Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case as Pool cleared up the issue with the NY Post.

“I’ve only had one concussion,” he told The Post. “I have a family history of migraines and that’s what has been happening to me, not concussions.”

In fact, the one concussion he suffered, according to him, happened of the first play of his first NFL preseason game.

“I ran down on kickoff and hit the wedge and knocked myself out,” he said. “The other times I was very aware; I knew what was happening.”

However, there are preventive measure he is taking in order to ensure the migraines stop and he doesn’t suffer another concussion.

He said he needs to hydrate and eat better and get more sleep — all things he said the doctors told him have an effect on the migraines.

Jets defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman, too, has another idea to prevent more incidents.

“There are certain techniques we’ll use with him in terms of trying to keep his head out there, tackling more with his shoulders and chest instead of leading with his head,” Thurman said.

This is certainly encouraging news as the Jets need Pool to stay healthy for the entire season.

They are counting on him to be the impact safety that Kerry Rhodes wasn’t last year.

If he can stay healthy, he certainly has the potential to be.

He definitely has the right attitude.

“I should have had seven picks last year; I dropped three,” Pool said. “I had a pretty good year. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish it. But I’m excited to be here.”

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