CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Rex Ryan likes the outward confidence his New York Jets players are showing in training camp, saying it's "a good sign" for his team.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan (AP Photo)

Ryan has always been known to make bold proclamations since becoming coach in 2009. While he has toned down some of the bravado in recent seasons, his players have stepped in for him.

Second-year cornerback Dee Milliner recently declared that he believes he's the NFL's top cornerback, and linebacker Calvin Pace said the Jets have the league's best defense. Geno Smith also said he thinks he can become a top-five quarterback.

Ryan says Tuesday that his team might "get a few bullets shot at you when you take this approach," but adds that the Jets "are not running from it. We're running into it."

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