Josh Freeman Nearly A Jet

In Rex Ryan’s bestselling book, Play Like You Mean It, he speaks of the 2009 Draft as a tough decision between Mark Sanchez and Josh Freeman in the first round.

“We sent both of them a mini-playbook and asked them to learn what they could from it before they met with us,” Ryan said to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. “They both blew the doors off us when we got them in a room. We’d ask about out formations and bam-bam-bam, they knew it all quick. Both very, very sharp guys.”

In his book, Ryan explains that 24 high school and college teammates showed up for Sanchez’s pro workout day, while only two of Freeman’s receivers showed up to catch passes. This ended up being a determining factor, given how close they were in all the other areas.

Raheem Morris and Bucs fans everywhere are glad he made the decision he did, though Sanchez has been a surprisingly sturdy postseason player (though his leadership in the red zone during the AFC Championship Game was questioned by some by some media members when the headset went out).


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