Three things we learned Wednesday

August, 3, 2011
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1. It's a cold business. Well, we learned this long before Wednesday, but it was reinforced when it was learned that the Jets have offered longtime DE Shaun Ellis a one-year contract for only $910,000, the veterans' minimum. Look, we all know Ellis, 34, isn't going to land a blockbuster deal in free agency, not at his age, but he deserves to be treated better after all he's done for the franchise. They could still use him on a young defensive line that could benefit from his experience.

2. Pace setter. OLB Calvin Pace was hurting last season, Rex Ryan revealed. By the end of the year, Pace, who missed the first four games after pre-season surgery to repair a broken foot, was only 20 percent healthy, Ryan said. Pace gutted it out, never complaining. He finished with only 5.5 sacks, but he made three in the postseason on a bad wheel. From all indications, Pace is healthy now -- and that's good news for the pass rush, because he's the best they've got.

3. Versatility in backfield. A year ago, LaDainian Tomlinson was the only back that was a threat to catch the ball. Now he has company. Joe McKnight is having a good camp, showing his receiving skills. Shonn Greene, too, has improved as a receiver. Ryan cracked that, two years ago, Greene's hands were so bad that you could count on an interception by deflection. Greene has worked hard to improve. FB John Conner is no slouch, either. Having so many pairs of hands will make them less predictable.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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