Saturday, October 8, 2011

Rex: Kenrick Ellis sighting a matter of time

It’s only a matter of time before a Kenrick Ellis sighting takes place.

The 346-pound rookie defensive tackle out of Hampton has yet to play in his first NFL game, but New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said he’s on the brink. It just won’t be Sunday against the New England Patriots.

“I think we’re going to go a different route for that last (roster) spot, but he is in the conversation, there’s no doubt,” Ryan said during his Friday presser. “Each week it starts with him quite honestly.”

Getting extra defensive backs and more coverage-capable front-seven defenders on the field to counter the modern day pass-happy NFL offense has taken precedent over giving playing time to the middle-stuffer Ellis, who was New York’s third-round pick in the 2011 draft.

“I think it’s just a matter of time now,” Ryan said. “... When you’re playing these teams that really are spreading you out a bunch, sometimes you don’t play as many linemen as some of the games. But he’s done a great job on the practice field, and it’s just a matter of time for that young man.”

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