Stuckey, Gholston earn praise from Ryan

Jets head coach Rex Ryan has been impressed with performances from LB Vernon Gholston (right) and WR Chansi Stuckey during training camp. (Associated Press)

Jets head coach Rex Ryan singled out WR Chansi Stuckey (left) and LB Vernon Gholston. (Associated Press)

Passing along some notes from Jets training camp, where coach Rex Ryan singled out third-year WR Chansi Stuckey during his media session on Monday as a player who stood out during practice.

“I thought (Chansi) Stuckey really was the one that stood out to me today,” Ryan said during his opening statement. “He made some great catches and got open a bunch. We know he is doing a great job. He is having a great camp. So I was happy to see that.”

When asked where Stuckey fits into the offense — as a No. 2 receiver or in the slot — Ryan drew comparisons to slot receivers Wes Welker and Wayne Chrebet. Ryan noted Stuckey’s name in competition for playing time with Brad Smith, Wallace Wright and David Clowney.

“It’s not a negative towards Stuckey,” Ryan said. “It’s a positive. He’s a difference-maker in that slot. He’s so elusive that he is hard to cover. I think he is there right now. … I think Stuckey is consistently the guy who is getting open and catching the ball.”

Ryan also had positive reviews when asked about second-year LB Vernon Gholston, who saw limited action as rookie after he was the 6th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. It reminds me of a conversation Ryan had with reporters at the scouting combine — way back in February — when he said he expected Gholston to have a big season.

“Is it me, or is it just amazing how it happens, but is Vernon Gholston looking better to anybody in this room? Like everybody? That’s a positive,” Ryan responded. “That’s a real positive. This guy is getting better and he’s more confident. He’s one of the guys and he’s physical. He’s doing everything that we have hoped for at this point. We’ll see how he does moving forward. I’m really encouraged by him and pleased with him.”

  • One other side note — Ryan said he would hold a meeting tonight to discuss the playing rotation between QBs Kellen Clemens and Mark Sanchez for Friday’s preseason game against the Rams. That’s a game you’ll see on the NFL Network.
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