When Rex Ryan went out of his way to compliment Gates multiple times during Saturday’s news conference specifically his route running and his ability to beat press coverage I realized it was time to take Clyde Gates seriously. Clyde Gates contributed in the Jets passing game last year and has been one of the stories so far in training camp, but does he have what it takes to make the final 53 man roster this year? Kristian Dyer wrote about how he’s progressed since last year for Metro and talked to Mark Sanchez and Marty Mornhinweg about Gates: It was a growing year for Gates in 2012, but if he wants to haul in more than the 16 catches and score his first touchdown in the NFL, he must be more consistent. Of course, this was only days before the receiver-needy Jets claimed Gates off waivers. Then I watched him in those drills, and 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 and I saw a player running crisp routes, hauling in almost everything thrown near him and burning every DB the defense threw at him.