Saturday, July 26, 2014
Ryan: Best depth at receiver in his tenure
By Jane McManus
CORTLAND, N.Y. – Rex Ryan said he is impressed with the depth of this year’s New York Jets wide receivers, and thinks this could be his strongest overall group since he became the head coach in 2009.
Ryan was asked to confirm – he thinks is the best group he’s seen?
“Well top to bottom, I have,” Ryan confirmed.
This offseason, the Jets have added some veterans at the position in Eric Decker and Jacoby Ford in addition to tenured Jets David Nelson and Jeremy Kerley and rookies such as Shaq Evans and Jalen Saunders.
In 2009, Ryan inherited Jerricho Cotchery, and the team had Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes during his tenure.
“Maybe when we had Braylon and we had 'Tone, there were a couple of guys who looked awesome, but I don’t know if we were that deep,” Ryan said. “Right now I would say so, (Clyde) Gates looked like he’s all the way back, Stephen Hill has had his moments and it’s just all of them, there’s no easy out out there. Whether it’s one-on-ones or team, we’ve got some legitimate receivers out there.”
Ryan, a defensive guy, hasn’t always been lauded for his decisions when it comes to skill positions on offense. The Jets have also gone through three offensive coordinators under Ryan, with Brian Schottenheimer and Tony Sparano in the role before the Jets landed Marty Mornhinweg. But Ryan thinks he has something this year.