- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Rex Ryan's job security is something the New York Jets coach doesn't like to speculate on, but he needs to perform well this season if he wants to stay in green.
On Saturday, Ryan had a little fun with that when asked if he and general manager John Idzik ever discuss the future and developing personnel.
"The majority of our conversations are about the present," Ryan said. "I mean, hey, I know who's in the draft next year."
And then the line of day.
"It's safe to say I won't be here if we draft [Jadeveon] Clowney," Ryan said, pausing to smile. "I think we can say that without hesitation."
Clowney is the South Carolina defensive end who could be the No. 1 pick in the draft next year.
When Idzik was told about the remark, the buttoned-down exec didn't balk. "That's pretty funny," he said.
Ryan has two years left on his contract, which might have been a factor in Idzik's decision to keep him even as other Jets employees did not return. The Jets have missed the playoffs the past two seasons, but Ryan said he felt optimistic about this team, even if he couldn't offer specifics.
"How many wins? I don't know. We'll see," he said. "I know one thing: We're going to show up with everything we have. We're going to play that way, we're going to practice that way, and we're going to attend meetings the same way. We know we have to be at our very best, and I'm confident that we'll be there."
ONES AND TWOS: Mark Sanchez has played the first two days with the first-team offense and could play with them again Sunday as the Jets have their first day in pads. Ryan said rookie Geno Smith will have equal time with the ones as they compete for the starting quarterback spot.
"Right now, it's more of an introductory-type thing, whether it's with the ones or the twos," Ryan said. "Both guys are going to be given equal reps with the ones and twos."
SUPPORT FOR BERRY: Ryan opened by mentioning the season-ending injury to CB Aaron Berry on the first day of training camp. "We'll certainly miss him," Ryan said, "but he's still a Jet; there's no doubt about that."
DEPTH IN CORNERS: Ryan was asked to address the cornerback situation with Berry out. Ryan said Kyle Wilson is the second starter across from Antonio Cromartie, and next up he named Ellis Lankster, Darrin Walls and Isaiah Trufant.
LAURELS: Ryan mentioned a few standouts early, and first up was WR Clyde Gates. "When you're crossing the goal line with the ball, you have a tendency to notice the guy," Ryan said.