The New York Jets No. 4 pick officially came in just after 8:30 p.m. on April 28, but it might have been revealed hours before.
During a teaser video on TikTok, owner Woody Johnson gave a subtle hint that the franchise was selecting Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner on Thursday night. It came at the very end of the first-ever NYJ draft room tour and some fans caught it on social media.
Anyone else notice Woody Johnson put emphasis on the word “Sauce”??
— Zach Gaines (@JetsPrime) April 28, 2022
“Behind that wall that’s blocked… is the secret sauce behind there, and you’ll learn what happens with that later tonight,” Johnson told fans. It turns out, the secret sauce was Gardner, and the Jets now have a new shutdown cornerback in New York.
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Gardner: Jets Were ‘Always the Plan’
During an interview with the NFL Network just after his name was read, the new star defender said the words that every Jets supporter wanted to hear. Team reporter Eric Allen relayed the quote after Gardner was asked how he feels about being a Jet.
It sounds great. That was the plan all along. I just wasn’t saying too much.
The @nyjets fans know, you can’t have too much Sauce.
— Eric Allen (@eallenjets) April 29, 2022
The cornerback responded: “It sounds great. That was the plan all along. I just wasn’t saying too much.”
He also had another reply that will make Gang Green faithful grin. “When I think about the Jets, I think about Darrelle Revis,” Gardner told the media via Brian Costello.
“When I think about the Jets, I think about Darrelle Revis.” – Sauce Gardner
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) April 29, 2022
“Revis Island” was a cornerstone of the last Jets team that went to the playoffs and fans will hope that Sauce brings the same magic. At Cincinnati, Gardner “played over 1,100 coverage snaps” and “did not allow a single touchdown” according to NFL insider Ari Meirov.
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