New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan is known for being outspoken and unafraid of talking a bit of trash. But when the topic of Chargers Running Back Darren Sproles came up, Ryan's eyes lit up in appreciation of the Bolts' electric playmaker as he described Sproles as 'exceptional'
"It's funny, I guess I never realized how exceptional he was until I really started watching tape. And then it's like 'Wow!' He is special, there is no doubt," says Head Coach Rex Ryan.
The Jets have a similar weapon of their own in Leon Washington, and their experience covering the explosive back will be very important in how they choose to match up with Sproles. While not openly admitting it, Rex Ryan basically stated that they'll have someone 'spying' Sproles whenever he is in the game. Whether they use a safety, a linebacker, or a combination of both, the Jets will be committed to not letting Sporles beat them (or so they'll try):
"What a talent he is," Ryan says. "He's very similar to (NY Jets Running Back) Leon Washington; he's that dangerous of a back. Dangerous returner, dangerous out of the backfield, dangerous running the football. We've got to limit his catches and touches on the ball, there is no question."
Ryan finished his thoughts on Sproles with an anecdote of how impressed he was with the young man after meeting him:
"This Sproles kid, I've met him before, and what a class-act he is. Just a great person. Extremely hard worker; I was blown away by the way the kid was working. But wow, what a talent."
It's be interesting to see how Darren Sproles is utilized against the Jets. All the talk this week has so far been about the big matchup of Vincent Jackson and Darrell Revis. While there is no doubt that those two elite young players are at the top of their game, Sproles could be the overlooked X-factor in this game and he could prove to be a difference maker for the Chargers.
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