Here’s an interesting point in Rich Cimini’s latest “Take Five” in which he talks about potential diamonds in the rough.
OLB Ricky Sapp: The hardcore fans know that Sapp was a prolific pass rusher in college (15 sacks in ’09 at Clemson) and was projected as a top-50 pick. He slipped to the Eagles in the fifth round in ’10, suffered a knee injury and … well, here he is. Rex Ryan mentions Sapp whenever he discusses his outside linebackers, always a good sign. The Jets aren’t overflowing with outside rushers, so he’ll get a shot.
Cimini’s point about Rex Ryan mentioning a player repeatedly is a good one. In general, it’s a very good rule of thumb. It’s not often that players whom the Jets coach bring up voluntarily, aren’t at least on the bubble to make the final roster … it seems to happen most years. Of course, there’s always exceptions, but Sapp could be a potential extra pass rusher for the Jets in sub packages. Of course it’s going to be harder for an OLB to distinguish himself in this system if the team does in fact move back to more four man fronts this season. Keep your eyes peeled on Sapp in training camp and when they are using him in sub packages or which group he’s working with be it the “twos” or “threes.”