Rex Ryan picked up Bill Belichick's second-round discards

The New York Jets are evaluating two of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick's second-round discards.

Jets coach Rex Ryan is hoping outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham and cornerback Ras-I Dowling, who struggled in New England after being drafted in the second round, can have a career resurrection in New York.

“I don’t believe the one guy up in New England’s got all the answers,” Ryan told the New York Daily News. “I worry about ourselves, what we think of a player and how we evaluate a player. Do I respect the hell out of Bill? Absolutely. But if we think a player can help us, we don’t care how we get him.”

Cunningham had inconsistency.

Dowling dealt with injuries.

“You had the same perception of a Ryan,” Ryan said. “If you let a defensive player go, why pick him up if he can’t play for you?... It could have been a logjam at (the position). Maybe they were looking for something else. You really don’t know.

"But again, I don’t care. Sometimes what might not be good for you looks good for somebody else. You know what? Guys make mistakes.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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