Coach Rex Ryan is very pleased with WR Santonio Holmes, so far: “He’s been tremendous. He’s at the voluntary workouts, doing a great job [and] competes in all the drills. He’s been outstanding. The thing that’s really jumped out to me is how he’s been in the classroom with Mark Sanchez [and Brian Schottenheimer]. The guy takes great notes. What I’ve seen of him, he’s been tremendous in the building.”
Ryan says that Michigan DB Don Warren, who was undrafted, was on the team’s draft board.
As to the decision to give former USC tailback Joe McKnight the same number worn by Reggie Bush, Ryan says that it’s only a coincidence: “I guarantee nobody thought about that. Just give him a number and let him go. It’s what you make of that number. It doesn’t matter. He’s not compared to anybody else. Let’s just go play. He’s a New York Jet and let’s see how he does. Hopefully, he’ll be compared to Matt Snell one day, totally different type, but who cares?”
McKnight talked about his rough first day: “I was excited — just a little bit too excited. Nerves kicked in. I was
riled up too fast. I drained myself before practice even started.” (If by “draining himself” he means “puking all over the ground,” then he’s right.)
As to whether Ryan was surprised that McKnight was available in round four, it appears that G.M. Mike Tannenbaum has explained to the coach the concept of contract leverage;
“I have strict orders not to say that I was surprised that this guy was available at that spot,” Ryan said.
Ryan seemed to suggest that RB Thomas Jones and G Alan Faneca were dumped in an effort to improve the offense: “Twentieth in the league is not acceptable in total offense,” Ryan said. “I want to get better on offense and get better on defense, more turnovers. Maybe that’s why we made the move.”
On second-round OL Vladimir Ducasse, Ryan said, “He’s big. I don’t know if that jersey was real flattering on him.”