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Jenkins wins Jets weight-loss challenge

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CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP)

Kris Jenkins is the Jets' biggest loser.

The hefty defensive tackle won a weight-loss competition with coach Rex Ryan and right tackle Damien Woody, shedding 33.6 pounds and showing up at training camp Sunday at a svelte 359.

''I won! I won!'' Jenkins said with a huge smile while doing a celebratory dance.

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Jenkins has been using Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet since May to help him lose the weight. He wants to drop another 10 and be at 350 heading into the regular season.

''I feel like I'm in the best shape I've been in in a while,'' he said.

A donation will be made to Jenkins' chosen charity, Life Pieces to Masterpieces, which is based in Washington, D.C., and help kids focus on art as a way to avoid trouble on the streets.

Woody finished second by dropping 26.2 pounds to report at 340, while Ryan was down 20 since issuing the challenge to the two players.

''It's a win-win for everybody,'' Woody said. ''Jenks did a great job. I commend him on his cookie diet. I call him Cookie Monster now.''

Ryan jokingly questioned the results, saying he should've gotten credit for the 35 pounds he lost as a result of lap-band surgery.

''He tried to put us under the bus saying, 'Aw-w-w, you guys didn't let that count,''' Jenkins said. ''He was the one when we started the competition who said, 'I'm not going to count this.' OK, well, take the 'L' like a man.''

Still, Ryan thought he was really the big winner and said he's at 291 after weighing in at 348 before the surgery.

''Now, I did make the rules of it, but I don't understand how I lost 55 pounds - that I lost this,'' Ryan said. ''How should I be punished 35 pounds? I don't understand how they get that. I'm not making excuses. You know I won't make excuses. I was on a two-week Europe vacation, but I don't make excuses.''

And, as for Jenkins' comment that Ryan didn't take the loss well?

''Oh,'' Ryan said with a big grin, ''I took a swing at him.''

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