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Ryan ‘Very Optimistic’ for DeVito vs. Bills

Posted by Randy Lange on October 31, 2011 – 5:25 pm

Health can be wealth, especially in the NFL, and Rex Ryan said today that his available roster looks pretty healthy to take on the “second half” of the Jets’ season, beginning with the Bills at Buffalo on Sunday afternoon.

DT Mike DeVito’s sore knee, which kept him out of the pre-bye comeback win over the Chargers, has been a sore spot but Ryan saw it improving all this week.

“I’d be shocked if DeVito wasn’t ready to do more,” the head coach said at today’s news conference, adding later of DeVito suiting up for the Bills, “I am optimistic about that. Very optimistic.”

Ryan also noted that CB Isaiah Trufant (hamstring) and rookie DT Kenrick Ellis (ankle) joined DeVito today working exclusively with strength and conditioning coach Bill Hughan on the sideline while their teammates practiced.

“I think Trufant as well” will be ready to increase his workload this week, Ryan said. “Kenrick, I’m not so sure. We’ll see how he looks.”

All of the other Jets coming off of injury listings — C Nick Mangold (ankle), LB David Harris (foot/ankle), DT Marcus Dixon (knee) and DE Ropati Pitoitua (knee) — got outside today and knocked the rust off from six days away from the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.

There were also a few new Jets running around with the holdovers. Ryan was asked about two — TE Shawn Nelson, the former Bill, who’s been added to the active roster, and LB Ricky Sapp, the former Eagles fifth-round pick in 2010 who signed on to the practice squad.

Nelson, said Ryan, is “a guy I always wanted. Buffalo took him [in the '09 draft] before we had an opportunity to. The thing I was impressed about on the college tape, the thing that jumps out to you is how big he is, a 6’5″ target, but he can really run — a 4.6 guy in the 40. And then the thing that really got my attention is he can pass-block as well.”

Sapp, Rex said, “was another young man we liked coming out of college. We worked him out early this year and he wasn’t ready [from knee rehab]. We said, ‘We’re going to give you X amount of weeks and then bring you back during the bye.’ I never thought he’d be all the way back like he is, so we’re excited to give him the chance to come onto our practice squad.”

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13 Responses to “Ryan ‘Very Optimistic’ for DeVito vs. Bills”

  1. By scjoe on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    I do hope DeVito is active, but I kind of like the lineup of Ellis, Pouha, and Wilkerson and Ropati coming off the bench. We will learn alot about the NY Jets in the next two weeks. Win both and they control the AFC East and control their own destiny. Split, and they are still in the mix, lose both and it is wait until next year once again. I see a split on the horizon and momentum building down the stretch.

  2. By Karan on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    It was great seeing the Patriots lose yesterday. Man, the Steelers look pretty darn good right now. They have a lot of legit WR’s: Wallace, Ward, young ones in Brown and Sanders and of course our old friend Cotchery. I think the Jets are low on WR depth in a veteran presence. I love Plax, Kerley and Holmes though. And it’s great seeing McKnight lineup out wide sometimes. Can’t forgot Keller and LT, you guys are the best.

  3. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe, I think it could take as much as 11-5 this yr in the AFC to even make the playoffs, so we can’t afford to lose too many games to anybody.

  4. By IRA on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    Really hope DeVito is back they will need all the help they can get to stop Jackson and Spiller. Its been some time since the Jets and Bills have played a big game in Buffalo and that is a very difficult place in general. Now that the fans will be into it the Jets MUST start strong and take control of this game from the start. And as always the weather will play a big part of the outcome. This is a statement game for the Jets. Either they’re real contenders or they are just like the rest of the middle of the pack teams. I think we will see a Jets team that continues to get better like they did in the 2nd half of the SD game and will get stronger and stronger as the year goes on.
    Jets 24- Bills 23

  5. By IRA on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    The way its shaping up 11-5 will get you in. 10-6 is where some teams will not make it because of tiebreakers. Mosyt likely its going to take 12 wins to win the AFC East unless something weird happens.

  6. By uncle joe on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    I said it a while ago, Slauson is slowly becoming a leader and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE him firing back at D. Woody in defense of Hunter who is returning back to last year’s form. This line is BACK and Ryan is gonna ride them to the SuperBowl. We let Woody go because Hunter is an upgrade!

  7. By uncle joe on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    Read in the Post Belichick wasn’t too happy when someone brought up to him the fact that his Defense is last in the league despite the fact that he used TWENTY FIVE Draft picks on Defense since 2007. That FOUR Mill for Ellis move looks great too!!!!

  8. By Karan on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    Gronkowski takes pic with a playboy girl, Edelman arrested, hahahahah, so much for the “patriot” way.

  9. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    In addition to a very competitive AFC that has even CIN with a better record than us, Ira, we made the problem worse by losing to both OAK and BAL. The entire AFC West except for DEN has the same record as us at the moment. If we don’t make the playoffs this yr, the big mistake will have been the curious way we handled the OL even after Mangold was hurt in camp, which led directly to the OAK and BAL losses. Even now I don’t get why yesterday Rex said we’re not looking for a backup C. Of course, as is so often the case with Rex, that may have been code for something else, in this case “There’s no vet who’s that good who’s available.”

  10. By worrell on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    Hey guys just a thought, what do you all think about signing T O as another receiver? yeah, yeah, yeah, i know he can be somewhat of a distraction at times when he’s not getting the ball but that dude knows how to play the game, he want to win and from following him through the NFL the dude is a beast on the field, he could oftentimes be used as a decoy, but between Plax,T O, Holmes and the others “wow” who could stop the JETS on offense? just a thought!!! i hope New England does not sign him i think i would be really upset at that move when we could have pick him up. need some feed back fellas!!!

  11. By Christopher on Nov 2, 2011 | Reply

    TO? In thoery it sounds awesome, but Mason couldn’t stick with the team because he wasn’t getting enough balls thrown to him, plus you have to feed Holmes to keep him happy. Plax seems to say he is ok with his role, but if forced to compete with balls with TO it could get ugly. The locker room is already on the verge of falling apart.

    I feel the talent is already on the roster to get it done, bottom line is Sanchez needs to play better. He needs to be more accurate on the short quick timing plays, he needs to be smarter in the pocket, recognize when pressure is coming and move out of it, or throw it away, and also recoginze when he has time and not get rid of it too quick, allow someone to get open and find the open guy.

  12. By Christopher on Nov 2, 2011 | Reply

    I wouldn’t mind seeing TO in green and white, for all the reasons you mention, he still can play, although he didn’t run the 40 so how much of the speed is still there on a reconstructed knee, but he would definitely add to our depth. Rotating Plax and TO would help keep each one fresh and last us the rest of the season.

    And to answer your question “…Plax,T O, Holmes and the others “wow” who could stop the JETS on offense?” Answer: Mark Sanchez

  13. By worrell on Nov 3, 2011 | Reply

    Hey i really agree with your comments regarding rotating Plax and T O and yes Mark seem to be sometimes shaken in his boots, i truly believe that the offensive line need to do a better job in giving Sanchez more time to throw the ball, Sanchez has all the qualities as a leader but i would like to see him get the ball in the capable receivers hands. as far as T O reconstructed knee i believe he’s ok i’am really not worried about his speed, that dude knows how to gravitate to the ball, keeping all those guys happy would be the only thing i would have a concern about, but for the sake of dreaming “wow” what a dream!!!!! GO JETS!!!

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