Jets' Anthony and D'Anton Lynn look to get accustomed to coach-player relationship
[QUOTE]When the seventh round of the NFL Draft finished last Saturday evening, Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn was in his Florham Park office, calling a few undrafted players the Jets were interested in signing.
But as he worked, he eagerly awaited word on another NFL hopeful: his son, D’Anton Lynn, a defensive back from Penn State.
The younger Lynn was home in Texas, weighing offers from about five teams. It was a tough decision, but he soon made his choice.
“He wanted to play for Rex and be coached by (secondary coach) Dennis Thurman,” Anthony Lynn said. “To him, it was a no-brainer.”
Lynn is one of 10 rookie free agents the Jets signed this week. Along with the team’s eight draft picks, and more than 20 tryout players, they reported today for this weekend’s rookie mini-camp — the first step of their journey to making an NFL roster.
For D’Anton Lynn, it just so happens to be at his dad’s workplace.
“I factored it in, but I don’t think it will be weird,” D'Anton Lynn said. “He’s on the offensive side of the ball.”
D’Anton Lynn did his own homework before the draft on which teams and systems would be the best fit if he was not drafted. He knew that was a possibility, after a calf injury hampered his performance at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine.
The Jets were at the top of the list. They need depth in the secondary, but more importantly, D’Anton Lynn was excited about playing in Rex Ryan’s defensive system. He's well-familiar with that system after three seasons of watching practices and games while his dad has been a Jets assistant.
Ryan made the call to D’Anton Lynn last Saturday to let him know the Jets wanted to sign him after the draft. Then, Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum went down to Anthony Lynn’s office to check with him.
Lynn wasn’t surprised when his son picked the Jets, but admitted it could present some odd situations.
“It’s going to be weird not being able to coach him up or give advice or hang out,” said Lynn, who played seven years in the NFL as a running back. “When he’s in this building, I’ve got to compartmentalize my little brain. I coach the running backs, I’ve got to get the running backs ready, and I can’t be worried about what he is doing.”
The new collective bargaining agreement also strictly limits contact between coaches and players during the offseason. Anthony Lynn isn’t sure if being a parent overrides those rules, but he and his son now wear both hats.
D’Anton Lynn is staying at the team hotel with the rest of the rookies. His dad joked that his son wouldn’t want to live with him anyway.
Last night, Lynn popped into his dad’s office. He had been there a few times before, as a visitor during training camp, but never as a player. He took a second to take it in from a different perspective.
“I don’t want to put the cart ahead of the horse. He’s got a long road ahead of him in terms of making the team,” Lynn said.
“But I’m proud of him. To see him in a Jet jersey here with dad, he’s accomplished a lot, and I know he wants to accomplish a lot more. I believe he will.”
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Hope this kid does well and can make the team. It would be one hell of a feel good story. :yes:
He'll get a chance to observe Darrelle Revis up close every day, that's about as a good situation as you can be in. I don't know if he's a corner or a safety, but there are opportunities at both positions.
[QUOTE=Buzzsaw;4459328]He'll get a chance to observe Darrelle Revis up close every day, that's about as a good situation as you can be in. I don't know if he's a corner or a safety, but there are opportunities at both positions.[/QUOTE]
He can learn the ins and outs of how to be a holdout.:)