All Dexter McDougle knows is that he doesn’t know how long he’ll have to keep wearing a red no-contact jersey, which he’s done for every Jets practice since being drafted nearly a month ago.
“I have no clue,” said McDougle. ” I’m just taking it slow and listening to what [ the team is] telling me what to do. They just want to ease me in. I understand it. So it’s fine.”
The Jets selected the 5-foot-10, 195 pound McDougle, a cornerback, in the third round even though he had missed the final 12 games of his senior season at the University of Maryland with a particularly brutal shoulder injury. The Jets had done their due diligence, but there was still some uncertainty surrounding how much – and for how long – the injury might affect McDougle this summer. In the meantime, McDougle said he’s doing what he can to learn the defense and get “the mental reps”.
Either way, head coach Rex Ryan likes what he’s seen out of McDougle so far. As with some of the other players who’ve taken it easy so far because of injuries, the jets are in no rush to put anyone out there prematurely. Ryan and the coaching staff have observed McDougle closely with his first few weeks with the Jets.