Joe McKnight turns to popsicles to stop dehydration issue

Joe McKnight is out to prove he can be more than a special teams player in the NFL. Credit: Getty Images
Joe McKnight has been dealing with cramping issues since arriving at camp.
Credit: Getty Images

Overheated and getting cramps, Joe McKnight has turned to a childhood favorite of the summer to help stay on the practice field: a popsicle.

Last Thursday, McKnight failed his physical prior to the start of training camp, the result of what he said were cramps that caused him to tap out of the conditioning test. He completed the physical the next day but struggled the first couple days of practice. At 3.3 percent body fat, he said that he cramps easily and must hydrate more than others.

So on Wednesday midway through practice as McKnight kneeled to watch drills, a member of the training staff ran over to him with an ice-cold treat.

“The popsicle is big with other guys on the team, I just never use them. I never used to like them,” McKnight said. “Everybody takes them out here. I’ve never been good with the flavor taste in my mouth while I’m working. Today I tried it; it gave me a good boost.”

It was just one day with the popsicle but McKnight was pleased with the results. He went through the entirety of training camp and said he “never felt better.”

“It went good; I felt good,” McKnight said. “Yesterday, I went out running and came back and felt good today.”

The popsicle, he said, was a grape one and he will likely try it again on Thursday.

He hasn’t changed his diet on order to add more body fat and he refuses to take an IV to help his recuperation. But he has been steadily taking in more fluids during and following practice.

“I’ve been overdoing the fluid intake, going over and beyond. If I have to drink eight bottles, I’ve been drinking 18 bottles after practices,” McKnight said.

“I don’t know how much but I’ve been drinking a lot.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer for updates from training camp.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Girl, 10, dies after being pulled from water…

A 10-year-old girl died after being pulled from the waters off Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, police said.

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Local

Mysterious white flags appear over Brooklyn Bridge

Two white flags mysteriously appeared over the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in place of the American flags that are a traditional fixture.

National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 7,…

Drunk girls and ghost brownies: here’s your weekly ‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap by way of Q&A. Q: do they really not check for feet under…

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

Television

Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.