Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Kevin O'Connell didn't get cut Monday.
"There's no doubt the kid's a Jet," Ryan said.
The Patriots surprisingly waived O'Connell, a third-round pick in 2008, toward the end of the preseason. The Jets put in a waiver claim, but he was awarded to the Detroit Lions, who traded him to the Jets.
Ryan named O'Connell a captain and jumped him ahead of Erik Ainge as the third quarterback for Sunday's convincing 16-9 decision over the Patriots at the Meadowlands.
Some thought it was a psyops maneuver on Ryan's part. Ryan explained O'Connell deserved after a week of helping the Jets' defense prepare for the man he used to back up, Tom Brady.
"He did a great job of preparing our team, running the scout team, putting in some plays that they would check to if they saw certain looks," Ryan said.
"Ainge is our third-string quarterback, but this young man [O'Connell] has got a lot of ability, and it was just something I thought was important.
"I wanted New England to know that this is our quarterback. This is our player. He's on our team now. And for whatever the reason they thought [we were] just going to pick his brain. We got plenty of coaches here, but he was helpful on the practice field."