By Tom E. Curran
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Last season, after a pitiful offensive performance in their season opener, the Jets re-signed wide receiver David Clowney. To make room for him, they released Danny Woodhead. The Patriots snapped Woodhead up and he went on to be a key player in New England's 14-2 season. On Friday, Ryan tried to spin that regrettable decision by saying that the running back they kept instead of Woodhead - Joe McKnight - will ultimately bea better player than Woodhead. "Quite honestly, there's a reason we kept him instead of Danny Woodhead," Ryan told the New York media on Friday. "Danny Woodhead's a great back and done great things in New England, but McKnight's ceiling is about as high as it gets."In the next breath, Ryan suggested that - while McKnight's ceiling is high - the Jets don't even know which room to put him in. "I think he's got a chance to be one heck of a player," Ryan said. "It may be as a corner, but he can play."McKnight, a second-year player from USC whom New York took with a fourth-round pick, has carried 6 times for 14 yards this season, and 45 times for 203 yards in his career. Woodhead - undrafted and signed by the Jets in 2009 - accounted for 926 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in 2010. He's got 32 touches for 156 yards so far this year. McKnight scored his first NFL touchdown last week against the Ravens on a 107-yard kickoff return. He also has a blocked punt for the Jets this week. Good special teams player. And Clowney, the guy that Woodhead was released to make room for? He had one catch for the Jets last year after they brought him back.
By Tom E. Curran