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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