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.
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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
Shea McClellin (Marsing High)
Matt Paradis (Council High)
- INJURED RESERVE: QB Kellen Moore (Cowboys), CB Kyle Wilson (Saints)
- PRACTICE SQUAD: CB Donte Deayon (Giants), S Lee Hightower (Colts)
- PRACTICE SQUAD: RB Elijhaa Penny (Cardinals), LB Korey Toomer (Raiders)
Josh Hill (Blackfoot High)
- INJURED RESERVE: DT Tyler Kuder, Payette HS (Packers)
- INJURED RESERVE: G Hugh Thornton, Mountain View High (Colts)
* Will start season on the reserve/suspended by commissioner list