Mike Devito Takes Things in Stride

FOXBORO MA - JANUARY 16: Mike DeVito #70 of the New York Jets tackles Danny Woodhead #39 of the New England Patriots during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16 2011 in Foxboro Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Mike Devito is not fazed by the team taking Quinton Coples in the first round of the Draft, even though it could reduce his playing time.

"I want to be a Jet. I want to play for this team," said DeVito, whose roster spot is essentially assured because he is due $2.5 million guaranteed. "I’m excited about this year, the way the team is building up. I’m excited about the atmosphere, the people here. It’s setting up for a great year. I can’t get into contract specifics, but this is the team I want to play for, and I am grateful it worked out where I am able to be here."

I might roll my eyes when I hear diplomacy like this from somebody else, but Devito is a guy who has never had anything handed to him. He was an undrafted free agent from the University of Maine who worked his way up from the practice squad to a starting role on a team that got within a game of the Super Bowl. His demeanor will make things easier, and his presence will give the Jets an extremely deep defensive line.

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