Jets WR Eric Decker Has a Lot of Respect for Rex Ryan
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker spoke to the media about his transition to the team and how he feels about having Rex Ryan as a coach.
On his transition to the team
Change and stuff takes time, but its been a good transition for me. (Were on) week, I guess, eight almost now as far as the offseason program and every day I feel more comfortable, getting a better grasp of the system. Its always easier when you get more reps, more experience with it. So, having these practices under my belt, I feel good lining up. (I) feel good with what were doing and all the guys have been tremendous. Its a great locker room and Im happy to be here. They really took me in thats a big part of it.
On the receivers group
Yeah, weve got a young group. Weve got a young group in there, but weve got a lot of talent, a lot of raw talent. Its about kind of finding your identity and for a lot of these guys, this is the time to do it. Through practice and through my experiences I hope to help. David Nelson has been around for a while too, so both of us just kind of sharing knowledge as far as our experience is huge for these guys just to develop. The best part is we have fun in the meeting room. Were there to learn, but we all respect one another, we all have fun on the field and thats what its all about. Thats how you make this game great is by having fun and working hard.
On Coach Ryan having his back when he attended the CMT Music Awards
Its huge. Thats whats so great about Rex Ryan, and really this organization is everyone here is family. You take care of one another. Thats how you build a winning culture. Ive got a lot of respect for him and for him to stand up and say that means a lot to me.
On Geno Smith
I didnt get to see him as a person grow last year, but this offseason hes taken that leadership role and hes a very mature kid at the age hes at. Were all out there busting our butts and hes a guy thats leading the charge. I think hes done a good job of getting guys on the same page (and) making sure were coming to work and were motivated every day. Sometimes in the offseason if youre not playing for something it can get hard at times, but hes made sure guys are grinding. Its good to see a leader at the quarterback position like that and him to be so mature at his age.