Rex Ryan is the gift that keeps on giving.
Just a day after the New York Jets cut IK Enemkpali after he slugged Geno Smith in the mouth, breaking his jaw in two places and knocking him out of action for 6-10 weeks, Ryan and the Buffalo Bills claimed the 24-year-old linebacker on waivers. In case you didn't know already, Ryan previously coached the Jets for six seasons before he was fired following a 4-12 campaign last year.
Where many around the game figured Enemkpali had ruined his NFL future forever by clocking his teammate and (franchise?) quarterback, Ryan is giving Enemkpali a second-chance just 24 hours later. However, as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk points out, Ryan is setting himself up for an unfortunate battle by bringing Enemkpali aboard. Florio writes that the Jets could be inclined to press charges against the backer for assaulting Smith. Florio also cites the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy potentially coming into play, as Enemkpali most certainly committed an act of workplace violence.
Regardless of what happens, it's yet another indication that while the rest of the AFC East is playing checkers, Bill Belichick and the Pats are playing chess. The Bills and Jets are dinking around with each other by fighting over a third-string linebacker that has almost as many career tackles as career jaws broken, all the while the NFL is busy getting their teeth kicked in much to the delight of Tom Brady and Patriots Nation,
Happy days, Pats fans.