So it’s a bit surprising for the Jets’ fifth-year coach to collectively rip his group of presumably butterfingered receivers, as he did on Wednesday.
“What wasn’t outstanding was the way we caught the football yesterday. We dropped a ton of balls,” Ryan said, via the New York Daily News. “ Catch the football. You’re an NFL player, catch the football. You’re paid to catch the football, we expect it caught. When the ball is there, catch the ball.”
During Tuesday’s minicamp practice, several Jets wideouts, including Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill, dropped “numerous passes,” prompting a displeased reaction from Ryan.
“We gotta get that figured out. Whether it’s focus, whether it’s just having your hands in the right spot,” the coach said. “You should be surprised if anybody ever drops a ball. Yesterday I was surprised when we caught it.”
There appears to be little excuse for the drops. One of Kerley’s came after he burned a defensive back and was “wide open” for an easy touchdown. New coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is expected to dial up the deep balls this season — “without question,” said Ryan — and he’s going to need his receiving corps to play up to par.
At this point, it’d behoove the Jets to seriously consider signing Kellen Winslow, who tried out for the team and caught “a number of balls.”
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