"Rex walked in the room and said I got traded, I got traded to the defense," McKnight said, via Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com.
We're sure McKnight found this hilarious. Actually, no. It's doubtful he liked it at all.
"I was drafted as a running back," he said. "The way I took it as I wasn't good enough to play running back; that's what I took it as. I don't know if that's the case or not."
McKnight downplayed the notion his secondary work in high school will be a tool now.
"That does not help at all," McKnight said. "It's been a while since I played cornerback, maybe if I'd played cornerback in college four years. Me playing cornerback in high school does not help right now."
Apparently, McKnight wasn't the only one with a bruised ego Wednesday. The New York Daily News reported cornerback Kyle Wilson rolled his eyes and mumbled to himself as he walked away from his locker when approached by the media.
Ryan is in a tricky spot here. With Darrelle Revis out of the picture, the wheels have the potential to fall off quickly. The Jets coach made some of his players unhappy Wednesday, but feelings finish a distant second in matters of crisis management.
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