TOJ Interview – New York Jets WR Ryan Spadola

Turn On The Jets interviews New York Jets rookie wide receiver Ryan Spadola

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.

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