In 2013, the New York Jets could have their best pass rush yet in the Rex Ryan era, thanks to a young core of front seven players, led by rising star defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples.
Coples and Wilkerson, along with rookie Sheldon Richardson, among others, are expected to lead by example on a revamped Jets defense that will be focused on getting after the quarterback on each and every snap.
The Jets can mix and match their defense with multiple looks, and even with the addition of veteran edge rusher Antwan Barnes and the re-signing of Calvin Pace, don’t count out former Clemson star Ricky Sapp.
The 26-year-old Sapp, (#55, above) a once promising NFL prospect who has been slowed by injuries ever since his senior year of college, has become something of a secret weapon for Rex Ryan and the Jets coaching staff.
Sapp has only played a handful of snaps in his career, but the Jets have high expectations for the young pass rusher, who they’ve seen in practice on a daily basis and believe can be an impactful force when given a chance.
The only thing holding back Ricky Sapp is his health, and if he can stay healthy throughout training camp, he might start pushing Barnes and Pace for more snaps off the edge and finally begin to fulfill his potential.
When training camp begins later this month, keep an eye on #55. Through all the ups and downs, he has remained upbeat and focused. In 2013, Ricky Sapp is ready to prove that the Jets’ faith in him will pay dividends.
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