Boise State Football

Idaho connections in the NFL; Clady, Koetter making debuts

New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker on left tackle Ryan Clady, center: “Some linemen have the attitude, the nastiness. But you want a guy at one of the most important positions who you can trust, a guy that’s reliable and consistent, and Ryan’s all that.”
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker on left tackle Ryan Clady, center: “Some linemen have the attitude, the nastiness. But you want a guy at one of the most important positions who you can trust, a guy that’s reliable and consistent, and Ryan’s all that.” The Associated Press

CLADY FEELING MORE COMFORTABLE IN NEW YORK

Upon being traded to the Jets in April, Ryan Clady (Boise State) wondered whether his new teammates would accept him.

He boasted a résumé that included four Pro Bowls and two first-team All-Pro selections. But in taking over at left tackle, he was replacing a respected stalwart, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who before retiring had never missed a snap because of injury during his 10 seasons.

Clady also wondered how his knee, which was still healing after an injury that precipitated his departure from the Denver Broncos, would hold up in offseason workouts.

For the past five months, that has meant building relationships with his new offensive linemates, caring for his body and preparing for Sunday’s opener against Cincinnati — his first game that matters since January 2015.

Clady’s job is to protect the blind side of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, making him almost as critical to the Jets’ success as Fitzpatrick is. Clady said he was ready.

“I’ve dealt with pressure,” said Clady, who turned 30 on Tuesday. “Nothing’s too overwhelming for me.”

New York Times Service

KOETTER HAS CONFIDENCE IN BUCS

Dirk Koetter graduated from Highland High in Pocatello and Idaho State, and won 26 games as the head coach at Boise State from 1998-2000.

At the age of 57, he makes his head coaching debut in the NFL — with his trademark confidence. He likes his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have finished last in the NFC South five straight years and face the Atlanta Falcons at 11 a.m.

“I think they’re better than most people give us credit for,’’ Koetter said. “I think we added some really good pieces through free agency and the draft. But you’ve still got to put it together 16 times during the fall.’’

Staff and wire reports

NFL players with Idaho ties

BOISE STATE

No.

Player

Pos.

Team

23

Jay Ajayi

RB

Dolphins

79

Ryan Clady

OT

Jets

51

Kamalei Correa

OLB

Ravens

98

Tyrone Crawford

DT

Cowboys

43

George Iloka

S

Bengals

90

DeMarcus Lawrence*

DE

Cowboys

72

Charles Leno

OL

Bears

22

Doug Martin

RB

Bucs

58

Shea McClellin (Marsing High)

LB

Patriots

70

Rees Odhiambo

G

Seahawks

61

Matt Paradis (Council High)

C

Broncos

32

Orlando Scandrick

CB

Cowboys

27

Jamar Taylor

DB

Browns

27

Darian Thompson

FS

Giants

97

Billy Winn

DL

Giants

  • INJURED RESERVE: QB Kellen Moore (Cowboys), CB Kyle Wilson (Saints)
  • PRACTICE SQUAD: CB Donte Deayon (Giants), S Lee Hightower (Colts)

IDAHO

No.

Player

Pos.

Team

76

Mike Iupati

G

Cardinals

33

Shiloh Keo*

S

Broncos

93

Benson Mayowa

DE

Cowboys

  • PRACTICE SQUAD: RB Elijhaa Penny (Cardinals), LB Korey Toomer (Raiders)

IDAHO STATE

No.

Player

Pos.

Team

89

Josh Hill (Blackfoot High)

TE

Saints

62

Evan Smith

C

Bucs

  • INJURED RESERVE: DT Tyler Kuder, Payette HS (Packers)

HIGH SCHOOLS

  • INJURED RESERVE: G Hugh Thornton, Mountain View High (Colts)

* Will start season on the reserve/suspended by commissioner list

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