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New Jets Spotlight: Ricky Sapp

By Alan Schechter

Jul 26, 2010; Bethlehem, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles fifth round draft pick defensive end/linebacker Ricky Sapp is interviewed during the opening day of training camp at Lehigh University. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Today we take a look at a guy that has gotten onto the Jets roster, a bit under the radar. He spent 2010 injured, and comes to the Jets with a lot of potential to be a pass rushing weapon for the Jets. Spotlight on DE/LB Ricky Sapp from Clemson University.

He is 6’4″ 252 pounds, and ran a 4.70 40 yard dash in the 2010 NFL combine.

He recorded 16 sacks in four years playing for Clemson.

He was drafted by the Eagles in the fifth round of the 2010 draft, but sustained a knee injury that forced him to injured reserve for all of the 2010 season. After being released by the Eagles in August 2011, the Jets signed Sapp to the practice squad in October of last year. After releasing and re-signing him, he was promoted to the active roster in Dec of 2011.

Here are some video highlights to get you started with this guy:

PROS: He is fast, look at that tape. Speed is just what the Jets need on the edge. He can run down seemingly anybody, in the backfield or from behind. His first step is excellent in my opinion, and if he gets that first step, the lineman does not have a chance. He is a good tackler as well, when he gets there, he doesn’t miss.

CONS: He needs to add some bulk. At 6’4″ 252, you could see on the tape that even in college, if an offensive lineman gets on him, his size makes it difficult to shed the blocker. That will only get tougher at the next level, facing guys that are 310 or bigger. He has the frame that he can add bulk to, he just needs to do it.

I see a lot of potential in this guy. At a position where the jets need a great deal of help, Ricky Sapp will get every chance to crack the roster, and we wish him luck doing so.