Rex Ryan wanted impact players out of the NFL draft, and the Jets coach thinks he got his wish.
So much so that Ryan already declared — although he later backed off — that big defensive lineman Quinton Coples and speedy wide receiver Stephen Hill will be starters for a team determined to get back to the playoffs.
“Yes,” Ryan said without hesitation late Saturday night. “How’s that one?”
Well, it remains to be seen what the veterans will think of that bold and possibly premature statement. But Ryan’s excitement is understandable.
After all, he and his team are coming off a disappointing season and a winter of uncertainty, and this was indeed an important draft for him, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and the rest of the organization. There were some serious holes in the roster heading into the draft and there’s still work to be done, including possibly at right tackle and outside linebacker. But there’s no doubt the Jets improved their overall team speed on both sides of the ball and added some aggressive and physical players — just as Ryan likes ’em.
“We’ll just keep adding good football players,” Tannenbaum said. “I do like what we got accomplished.”
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