Rex Ryan shares his thoughts on Jets' rookies

Rex Ryan shares his thoughts on Jets' rookies

Following the second day of minicamp, Jets' head coach Rex Ryan shared his thoughts about his new rookie class in yesterday's press conference.

First on LB Trevor Reilly

"He's a smart guy, we knew it," noted Ryan of the rookie. "He plays hard. He's kind of got like Garrett McIntyre (in him). (He's) just a tough guy and just loves to play. (He's) physical and really fit that profile that we're looking for. And he played multiple positions. They played him out in space, they can use him as a rusher, different things. So that's why we were excited to get him."

"Today (we) had to get on him because he went and I guess tagged a guy off a little bit too hard for our liking. That's part of it, too. These guy's (are) learning how to practice like a pro. When you come back in here, you're not going to make the team by going out and making a tackle today. You've got to take care of each other and learn to take care of your teammates. Way more than half the practices in the NFL are without shoulder pads, so you have to change it up a little bit and take care of your teammates. So, that's part of it."

On S Calvin Pryor

"(He) looks pretty good but I told him today, ‘You could have picked one today," admitted the Jets head man. "We'd be okay if we picked that ball, you don't have to go hit somebody.' But (he was) good, very impressive. I've been really impressed with him mentally. That's all that we've really had. But mentally, (he's) sharp. He's into it. He did some personal protector on the punt team. He's catching it to where he doesn't just learn his position but he's learning how the defense works and I think that's been impressive."

On TE Jace Amaro

"Well, just like today, I don't know how many balls he caught, you guys would know, but it was a bunch," stated Ryan. "And I was like, ‘Hmm, looks like (offensive coordinator) Marty (Mornhinweg) thinks we've got a new toy and we're trying to feature him,' and things like that, which was pretty obvious to me. But really (he's) a guy with that kind of size, his kind of receiving skills, (being an) excellent route runner, I think absolutely will add to our passing game."

On WR Jalen Saunders

"Yeah, when you first see him, you're like "Whoa, this is a little bitty guy," offered Ryan. "But then you watch him play. The way he describes himself, that's what you want as a team. This guy is a tough guy. I don't know if any of you have had a chance to really watch him, but this is one tough little guy. He gets after it. He averaged like 16 yards a punt return. You see that burst, that quickness, the acceleration, the flat-out speed that he has. He's small but I don't think we need to tell him that, because I don't think he realizes it. He goes out there like he's 225 pounds."

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