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Rex Says Devito Is a Starter

Jane McManus tells us Rex gave his starter at defensive end to replace Marques Douglas away at his press conference. 


Ryan said DE Mike DeVito was ready to be a starter on the Jets along with Sean Ellis, Kris Jenkins and Sione Pouha. He will take the snaps for DE Marques Douglas, who is in Miami this year. He added that Vernon Gholston would have a roster spot, as a backup with Ropati Pitoitua.

Devito quietly turned himself into a valuable part of the rotation last year. If you believe Pro Football Focus (which admittedly at times doesn't tell the whole story), Devito was the 7th best interior lineman in the league last season. That might be overstating it, but he was really impressive. Back in 2008, he was too frequently sealed on run plays.

I still think we will see a lot of 3 man fronts on Jenkins-Pouha-Ellis, but Devito is going to have a big role on this team outside in the 3-4 and at undertackle when the Jets go 4-3. Against teams with potent run games and weaker passing attacks (Vikings without Favre), we might even see him play a bit at end opposite Ellis with Jenkins and Pouha inside.

If anybody tells you paying attention to undrafted players is a waste of time, take a look at this undrafted lineman from the University of Maine of all places.