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Jets Sign a Robert Saleh Favorite From 49ers

Adam Taylor McKillop
The New York Jets signed a favorite player of head coach Robert Saleh after picking up Ronnie Blair from the San Francisco 49ers.
The New York Jets signed a favorite player of head coach Robert Saleh after picking up Ronnie Blair from the San Francisco 49ers. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images
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As the New York Jets head into their first season under new head coach Robert Saleh, the team looks to build upon a new identity. On the offensive side of the ball, a lot of the focus will live on potential new franchise quarterback Zach Wilson. Understanadbly so for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Defensively, this team will look to Saleh's experience as a defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers. And, as part of this experience, Saleh and the Jets have decided to bring in one of his favorite players from his old team. The name is a bit surprising: Ronnie Blair, a former 2016 fifth-round draft pick with only two starts on his NFL resume.

Ronnie Blair Jets

Blair has spent the entirety of his four-year NFL career with Saleh in San Francisco. He actually didn't suit up last year, thanks to a multitude of injuries, however he'll look to compete for time in the edge rusher room in New York.

Through his four-year stint with the 49ers, Blair owns 88 combined tackles (59 solo) including 22 tackles for loss and 27 quarterback hits. Saleh has plenty of high praise for the former Appalachian State product, especially regarding his winning mentality. "If you like winning, you like Ronnie Blair," Saleh once said.

Time will tell how much playing time Blair will see in New York. Still, this is a welcomed move as the new Jets head coach looks to change a losing culture that's existed for too long.


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