Posts Tagged ‘Rex Ryan’

Clyde Gates Making Noise in Camp

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Cortland, NY – Who are the top three receivers for the Jets? Well the three that came to mind for Mark Sanchez while addressing the media were Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, and Clyde Gates. That third one might come as a surprise to those who haven’t been following camp, but the third-year wide receiver has garnered plenty of praise to so far.

Clyde Gates has been turning heads since the start of camp

“I’ve been pleased with Gates,” said Rex Ryan. “Obviously he has been making some great plays. When you are crossing the goal line with the ball, you have a tendency to notice the guy. So he’s doing a tremendous job.”

Gates had 16 receptions for 224 yards last season, his first with the Jets after getting drafted by the Dolphins in 2011.

This season the expectations weren’t much higher. That is until he badly beat Kyle Wilson on a deep route to start camp. He’s been turning heads ever since.

“Most track guys or guys that are super fast aren’t route runners,” said Ryan. “I think Clyde is a route runner. I saw it last year. I thought he really improved last year. And with that speed he has, the number one thing – well, you’re going to press him at the line. Well, if you miss him, you’re in trouble.”

“I’m honing in on all the receivers routes and knowing what I’m doing,” added Gates. “I feel like I’m in real good shape so it’s a nice thing to go, go, and keep going and stay together mentally even when you’re tired.”

Another thing helping the Texas native is his familiarity with the team.

“It helps us to get to know each other and get on the same page,” said Gates. “Knowing what this guy is going to do and knowing what this teammate is going to do. I think that helps a lot.”

Along with Gates, Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley are fighting for that third spot. All three have shown promise so far in camp, and could go a long way to shoring up a big weakness for the Jets at receiver.

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Position Battles Part 2: The Defense

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Cortland, NY – On the defensive side of things there are decidedly less questions. That shouldn’t be a big shock for a team whose identity is largely defined by that side of the ball.

The biggest question marks come in the secondary where the Jets lost Darrell Revis and safeties Eric Smith, Yeremiah Bell, and LaRon Landry.

A breakdown of the corner battle can be found here.

Safety

The safety battle looks to be the most intriguing on the defensive side. No matter what, there will be two new starters on the backend of the defense. Dawan Landry, older brother to last year’s starter LaRon, was signed in the offseason and is all but penciled in as one starter.

For the other spot the top choices seem to be Antonio Allen, Jaiquawn Jarrett, and Josh Bush.

Antonio Allen is one of a handful of safeties looking to win a starting spot in training camp.

Bush and Allen were the Jets 6th and 7th round picks, respectively, from a season ago. Both saw time primarily on special teams last year, and it should be a tight competition. But for right now, Allen has stood out the most in training camp.

“[Allen] made a great play in the endzone getting that one interception today,” said Rex Ryan. “And he challenges himself. Very few safeties will line up one-on-one with a wideout, and he challenges himself every day to do that.”

Competing with them is former Eagles second-round pick Jaiquawn Jarrett. While he was a high draft pick, many called it a reach at the time, and the Eagles released him less than two years into his career.

Still, he has managed to catch the attention of Ryan.

“So far, he’s been doing a tremendous job coming in and learning a brand new system,” said Ryan. “The thing that we know he can do is that he was a hitter.”

Rounding out the group are Brett Lockett, Donnie Fletcher, and Rontez Miles.

Lockett hasn’t played in a game since 2009, and will most likely be fighting just to stay on the roster.

Fletcher is a player like Kyle Wilson that will be lining up in several different positions. There is a chance he emerges as the best option, but he will probably end up as depth for several positions in the secondary.

Miles is the most intriguing of the group. He is an undrafted rookie out of D-II University of California-Pennsylvania.  He is currently on the PUP, and the jump in competition means he might be destined for the practice squad. Still he is a player who could make an impact for this team in the coming seasons.

Linebacker

For the most part the Jets appear pretty set at linebacker. The big question for the unit is how much time Quinton Coples will see on the outside. The Jets have talked about making the move for last year’s first-round pick, but the majority of his snaps so far in training camp have been on the line.

Outside of Coples the Jets have Calvin Pace and free-agent acquisition Antwan Barnes. It’ll be interesting to follow how the Jets divvy up the snaps for these three over the duration of training camp

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Sheldon Richardson impresses at camp

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Rex Ryan was impressed with Sheldon Richardson after the first day of rookie minicamp (Jetsinsider.com photo)

Sheldon Richardson wasn’t the most popular pick amongst Jets fans, but he should become a fan favorite quickly.

It sure didn’t take him long to impress the coaches.

“I don’t want to put expectations too high but, ah, yeah he was impressive to say the least,” said Rex Ryan.

On the first day of rookie minicamp Richardson made plays all over the field, lining up at the nose and 3-technique. He’ll probably be seeing time at both when the season starts.

No, Richardson isn’t bulking up. He is expected to start the season weighing even less than the 294 lbs he was listed at prior to the draft, but Ryan plans on shifting his lineman around.

“Depending on the call you can have a guy at nose, you can have a 3, you can have a 5,” said Ryan. “There are several different things he can do.”

But throw out his size, and even his position. To Rex, what he loves most is that Richardson lives for football.

“The guy loves to play, you can already tell that. If you doubled that practice he would’ve been fine. The main thing with us, is in our system just take a good defensive player and it doesn’t matter.”

“I have fun. I’m a kid out there,” Richardson added.

If anything Richardson was going a little too hard out there, with his notable mistakes coming from overrunning plays.

He managed to stand out off the field as well. While most media members flocked to the more high profile players Geno Smith and Dee Milliner, Richardson could be seen bobbing in between the photogs and reporters trying to coax a smile from Milliner during his interview.

Needless to say, he should be a fun player to keep an eye on throughout the season.