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Rex Ryan's 'Mystery' Wide Receiver Unveiled For the New York Jets

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 02:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets walks on the field during minicamp on May 2, 2009 at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Malcolm DiazCorrespondent IAugust 6, 2009

Just before the start of camp New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan hinted that there was a receiver on the roster who might be a surprise.

“And I think there will be a surprise come out as a receiver as well, and I’m not going to say it but this one kid, all he does is make plays.”

This, of course, set off a flurry of speculation on blogs everywhere.

Was it one of the top four guys? Perhaps it was little used Marcus Henry, who seemed to develop a good chemistry with rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez early on, or a rookie?

Some even speculated the Jets were considering moving tight end extraordinaire Dustin Keller over to the wide receiver position. (As if the Jets don’t have enough issues to worry about at TE without removing the one good thing they’ve got there!)

You can call off the dogs now...the mystery is finally over.

According to an unnamed source familiar with the team’s thinking, undrafted free agent rookie Britt Davis is the "mystery" wide receiver who has caught the eye of the organization. The source reveals that the organization has been privately raving about the rookie and believe they may see great things from him this season. The mystery player was such an enigma that even Davis had no clue who it was.

“I have no idea. I just go out there and do my job and what they ask me to do. I try to show up on film every day.”—Britt Davis

At 6'3", the 205-pounder from Northern Illinois is one of the taller options for the Jets at this position. Mark Sanchez repeatedly targeted Davis in drills, looking impressive with the second-team unit.

As a result the rookie has rocketed up the depth chart.

Davis, who was a high school star quarterback, is the Northern Illinois freshman record holder with 42 receptions for 441 yards. A performance that earned him all-conference honors as a sophomore.

Unfortunately, a shoulder injury slowed Davis down significantly in his final two years of school. He would eventually require surgery for his injured right shoulder prior to his senior year.

“I never got it fixed until after junior year. It was just something I played through and played with. It’s just football. You get banged up. Guys get hurt all the time in football.”—Britt Davis

Looks like he is all healed up now.

Davis will get his first big opportunity to shine in today’s scrimmage and I get the feeling he will make the most of it.

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