The New York Jets made cornerback Ahmad Gardner the fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, giving him some status with that lofty draft capital. When it comes to his famous nickname, however, he still has some work to do in the eyes of his teammates.
Gardner was nicknamed “Sauce” in Cincinnati, but his fellow Jets aren’t ready to bestow that on him at the pro level just yet. Linebacker CJ Mosley said on NFL Network that Gardner needs to make some big plays before he earns the right to be called “Sauce” by his veteran teammates.
“We told him if he got two pick-sixes in the preseason, we could give him Sauce,” Mosley said, via NFL.com. “And it also has to be against 1s, so no 2s, 3s, saves, all that. More than likely, we’ll start calling him Sauce when he makes a big play in the regular season.
For now, the Jets and coach Robert Saleh refer to Gardner as “AG.” For his part, the rookie is fine with the ultimatum.
“That’s what I want – that’s how it is in Cincy,” Gardner said. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Gardner wasn’t shy about how he saw himself heading into the draft. He clearly has no concerns about earning his moniker back at the NFL level, so he’ll clearly see some big plays early in the season.