Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Ryan doesn't rule out Brandon Flowers
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The speculation started as soon as Brandon Flowers was released last Friday by the Kansas City Chiefs: Could the New York Jets make a play for the Pro Bowl cornerback?
What say you, Rex Ryan?
"I'm happy with what we have, but I'm not going to shut the door on any player that we think could possibly help our football team," Ryan said Tuesday at the Jets' mandatory minicamp. "We'll certainly look at it, for sure."
It should be pointed out that Ryan gives the same response for every free agent, so don't assume it means the Jets will be sending a contract proposal to Flowers anytime soon. As of Tuesday afternoon, they still hadn't reached out to Flowers, according to a source.
Yes, the Jets have the cap room (about $22 million) and, yes, there is a perceived need at cornerback. But general manager John Idzik has done a lot of repair work on the cornerback position in the offseason, signing free agent Dimitri Patterson and drafting Dexter McDougle in the third round, and he probably wants to evaluate his handiwork before rushing out to sign a veteran.
On Day 1 of minicamp, the Jets' new-look secondary was whole for the first time. Cornerback Dee Milliner returned after sitting out a few practices with hamstring tightness. McDougle, who missed much of the offseason as he recovered from a college shoulder surgery, impressed in his second practice since being cleared for contact. The starting secondary looked like this:
Milliner and Patterson at corner, with rookie Calvin Pryor and Antonio Allen at safety. Kyle Wilson was in the slot. McDougle worked with the second-team defense, along with corner Darrin Walls and safeties Dewan Landry and Jaiquawn Jarrett.
"He's all business on the field," Ryan said of McDougle. "I think you saw a little bit of why we're so excited about him and optimistic about him. He is physical. He's able to press and able to get both hands on you in press. He'll compete, and I think those are things we're looking to see, and I think we saw today. All of us saw it."