Rex Ryan On Jets Rookies: ‘About As Strong A Class As I’ve Ever Seen’
Rex Ryan is either delusional, or he’s grading on a curve with one star pupil.
Rex Ryan said he thinks the Jets’ current group of rookies is up there with the best draft classes of all time. According to the New York Post, the embattled coach loves his latest group of rookies.
“This class is about as strong a class as I’ve ever seen,” Ryan said Wednesday.
This of course comes days after benching Geno Smith, and Dee Milliner for what seems like the 30th time. Ryan’s main argument was that the Jets have five rookie starters.
The class features the one pick that no one can argue with in defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, who probably will be the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
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“If this is not an A-plus class I don’t know what you’re looking for,” Ryan said. “You probably have the rookie of the year in Sheldon Richardson. If not, then I don’t get it. Maybe it’s another sport outside of football.
“You’ve got a young quarterback that has started every game. You’ve got a fullback that was our last pick — even though he’s from Wake Forest, he’s starting and done a nice job. He’s a good player.
“You’ve got Winters, yeah he’s had some struggles but guys, he’s also done an outstanding job in some games and I think he’s a guy that can be a starter for 10 years. He’s got that kind of look about him. That’s an outstanding pick. I don’t know where we took him — third round, I guess.
“Dee, I understand has had some struggles. I’m not making excuses for him but he’s a rookie corner. I don’t know any other rookie corner that’s come in the league, outside of probably Revis, that jumped right in. I think we’ve been a little spoiled here with the corner play. So, I think to me overall it’s a great class. We have some young offensive linemen that we haven’t played yet — Campbell, Aboushi.”