Turn On The Jets had the opportunity to interview New York Jets rookie wide receiver Ryan Spadola, an undrafted free agent from Lehigh. Check out our profile of him from a couple of weeks back as well.
JC - Can you talk about what went into your decision to play at Lehigh and the overall experience of playing in the Patriot League?
RS – There was a lot that went into my decision to attend Lehigh but what was most important for me was obtaining a great education. At the time I didn’t know how I’d develop as a football player and wanted to make sure I’d have a good degree no matter what the case was after my 4 years of college ball were done. Although coming out I was offered scholarships from a few 1-AA schools none of them matched the academic prestige that Lehigh upheld. The fact that Lehigh was also coupled with a very successful football tradition and a family feel within the team made it a perfect fit for me.
JC – Where did you take most of your reps in the Lehigh offense, at the “Z/Flanker” spot, backside/split end or in the slot? Were you moved around frequently to help create mismatches?
RS - In Lehigh’s offense I was predominately at the X or what people call the split end position. With the style of offense that we ran and with the game plans our OC, Dave Cecchini, had our X was always lined up in different spots and put in motion to help create mismatches.
JC - What specific/unique skill-set do you think you can bring to the wide receiver position in the Jets offense?
RS - At this level each and every receiver is very talented and posses their own unique set of traits that they pride themselves on. For me I pride myself on being a sure handed, deceptive, and physical receiver.
JC - How does the playbook compare between Lehigh and the Jets?
RS - The Jets’ and Lehigh’s playbooks have some similarity in concepts that are run but the terms used to describe plays and routes are different.
JC - Do you think you can be a productive special teams player at this level?
RS - I believe I can be productive on the special teams unit. At the college level early in my career before becoming an every down receiver I was apart of every special teams unit and found success on each of them.