Vernon Gholston still seeking first NFL sack

The New York Jets drafted Vernon Gholston sixth overall in 2008. He was supposed to be a relentless, overbearing, quarterback-attacking machine.

He enters Sunday's regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills still searching for his first NFL sack.

ESPNNewYork.com reporter Rich Cimini shined a spotlight on Gholston's quest. Jets head coach Rex Ryan admitted it's a priority to get Gholston a sack and has gone so far as to devise special schemes to tally that first one.

"Of all our individual priorities, that might be No. 1," Ryan said. "I'd love to see Vernon get the sack. Just for him."

Since Gholston entered the NFL, 636 players have recorded at least a half sack. Among that large group are 110 undrafted players.

After three seasons on practice squads, Jets defensive tackle Marcus Dixon recorded a sack in his second NFL game Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Dixon was the 14th Jets player to get one this year.

"It is an amazing thing," Ryan said. "The kid has a lot of talent, but golly. You think if he gets his first, he'll get more. The toughest one is that first one. He's a great kid. He's trying."