Ricky Foley touched base late Tuesday night, shortly after joining the New York Jets, who claimed him off waivers after he was released by Seattle earlier this week. To say he’s stoked to get another opportunity in the NFL is an understatement.
“It’s on,” he texted me.
Foley is going to have to show some promise in a hurry. He’s in that purgatory of being a body to help the Jets finish out the final preseason game against Philadelphia on Thursday and being someone they feel has the potential to possibly provide depth at outside linebacker. Starter Calvin Pace is out for several weeks after fracturing his foot, and veteran Jason Taylor isn’t being counted on to be an every-down replacement.
Possibly working in Foley’s favor is moving to a 3-4 scheme in New York. Foley is more suited as an outside linebacker/situational pass rusher playing in space than he is an in-line defensive end. He struggled adjusting to playing on the line of scrimmage as an end in Seattle’s 4-3 front.
Also potentially helping Foley is that head coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine were assistants with the Baltimore Ravens when Foley tried out for them in 2006. That history and Foley’s production in the CFL in 2009 (league-high 12 sacks) is why the Jets inquired about Foley before he signed with the Seahawks.
That said, Foley didn’t last long in Baltimore, and he ended up playing in the CFL with British Columbia until signing a free-agent deal with Seattle.
— Steve Wyche