Yes, but MVP?
“It’s just one day,” Gates said.
Now starting his second season with the Jets, the publicly soft-spoken, privately funny Gates has filled a void as several of the team's free-agent receivers and running backs sit during team drills at training camp. Ryan again lauded Gates after Day 2, and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg added his praise on Sunday.
“You talk about Clyde Gates, most track guys are guys that are super fast, aren’t route runners,” Ryan said. “I think Clyde’s a route runner.”
First of all, Clyde isn’t his real name. His full name is Edmond Darell Gates. "Clyde" is just a nickname that stuck. He grew up playing basketball, which you can see from the way he goes for the ball. The Miami Dolphins drafted him in 2011 and cut him in 2012. But he impressed enough that former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano brought him to the Jets soon after.
Sparano is gone, but the 5-foot-11, 197-pound Gates is winning over the coaches with speed and acumen.
“And with that speed he has, the number one thing -- well, you’re going to press him at the line,” Ryan said. “Well, if you miss him, you’re in trouble. The other thing is he’s able to get off the press and he does a great job even on the top of his route. So we’ll see. I think the big thing is availability in this league is probably as important as athletic ability and so proving that he can be durable and all that kind of stuff is going to be part of it as well.”
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