The idea of playing in Robert Saleh’s defense was enough to draw two defensive linemen to sign with the Jets.
“I love the way they’re always attacking,” new defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins said on a Zoom call with reporters Tuesday. “I feel like one of the things that makes me the player I am is my explosion, my get-off, being able to be disruptive. Seeing the way he deployed those guys when they were in San Fran and the type of havoc they caused, I mean truly winning games with their front four, that got me excited. With me feeling healthy again and feeling back to myself, I feel like I can slide right in and do nothing but dominate in that front.”
Rankins signed a two-year deal with the Jets last month after spending his entire career with the Saints. Rankins has dealt with Achilles tendon injuries in recent years, but said he is fully healthy and ready to go.
“I’m 100 percent healthy,” Rankins said. “I feel like I’m able to do all the things I was able to do before and more, which is a blessing. At one point through the entire rehabilitation process for both legs there was time when I began to doubt that I would be able to do all of those things again. I can stand here and honestly say I’m good to go, and I feel like I can do any and everything on the field to be successful.”