CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Jason Babin arrived a day after signing his contract and a day after agreeing to terms. So, why the delay?
"It was probably more my fault in signing," Babin said. "I had to clean up some things back home."
New York Jets general manager John Idzik suggested that both sides needed more time to get comfortable with the move.
"We just wanted to make sure it was right from both ends, to bring Jason in, get a nice full day so he can gain a feel for us our staff, our approach, and talk it through for a day," Idzik said. "And sometimes it's good for the player to go home, stew on it, talk to his family back in Jacksonville, and then if it's a fit then you go forward and that's what happened."
Once Babin was on the field, he said things looked more familiar even if the terminology was different. The defensive end worked mostly with the second team, although he had a few snaps with the first team, and was tried out on both sides of the line.
"I think the first things that jumps out about Babin is the production he has as a pass-rusher," Ryan said. "[He] has a relentless motor, so that part of it we're excited about. The way he’ll fit in with the guys we already have is going to give us great depth. We brought him in to play."