Ryan not ready to push Sanchez, risk setback

Jets coach Rex Ryan met with the media Thursday, the final day of OTAs this week for the Jets, so on an otherwise calm news day, rest assured we’ll pass along what he said with a few posts today.

Ryan had a semi-update on his plan for QB Mark Sanchez, who has been on the field with the Jets this week, taking part in some 7-on-7 drills and individual work as the team eases him back following a procedure on his knee in February. Ryan reiterated Thursday the team is in no rush with that process and he doesn’t have any immediate plans to see Sanchez in full team drills.

“I don’t feel that comfortable right now,” Ryan said. “I don’t want to risk that right now. You have bodies flying around and things like that. I think we just stay the course, and in due time he’ll be out there. We all know he’s going to be ready to roll. We don’t need any setbacks, for sure.”

Sanchez had said he hopes to return to full participation in time for the team’s next minicamp (June 14-16). The Jets have several days of OTA sessions before that, but even as Ryan was non-committal about pushing to see Sanchez then, he offered a positive progress report (echoed by The Star Ledger beat writer Manish Mehta, who Tweeted he would be stunned if Sanchez wasn’t ready by minicamp) that Sanchez looks good.

“You guys see him out there, he’s moving around great,” Ryan said. “I don’t think it’s going to be long.”

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