Player News - Jets

Date: Team: Pos:

Jets signed Tulsa QB Dane Evans.

Evans (6’0/210) made 43 starts for the Golden Hurricane, managing a career 57.3% completion rate, 7.4 YPA, and 84:47 TD-to-INT ratio. A streaky and often erratic passer with a strong arm, Evans played in a simplistic one-read college offense that manufactured big plays off play action, and is significantly dissimilar from a pro-style attack. Evans is also short by NFL quarterback standards and ran a 5.03 forty before the draft. Still, the tools are there for Evans to make a run at a backup job, possibly after spending a year or two on a practice squad.
Apr 30 - 12:04 PM

Jets signed Washington State WR Gabe Marks.

Marks (5’11/189) was a four-year starter at Wazzou, graduating as the Pac 12’s all-time leader in receptions (316) and scoring 37 touchdowns with a 10.9 yards-per-catch average. Marks’ athletic limitations were exposed at the Combine with seventh-percentile SPARQ results, short arms (30 3/8"), and small hands (8 ¾"). Marks failed to make defenders miss after the catch in college, forcing only four missed tackles on 89 receptions in 2016. Marks is slot receiver prospect with a low NFL ceiling.
Apr 30 - 12:02 PM

Jets signed Villanova LB Austin Calitro.

Calitro (6’1/239) was a two-year starter as the Wildcats’ middle linebacker, tallying 26 career tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles and earning first-team All-Colonial Athletic Conference recognition as a senior. Not invited to the Combine, Calitro showed moderate athleticism at Villanova’s Pro Day with 4.67 speed, a 34-inch vertical, and a 6.96 three-cone time. A short, stocky thumper from a small school, Calitro faces an uphill NFL climb that will almost certainly have to begin on special teams.
Apr 29 - 9:26 PM

Jets signed Lindenwood LB Connor Harris.

Harris (5’11/242) was a prolific producer at the Division II level, recording an NCAA-record 633 career tackles as a 48-of-48 game starter and earning the 2016 Cliff Harris Award as the National Small-College Defensive Player of the Year. Harris even dabbled at quarterback (7 rushing TDs), punter (37.3-yard average), and placekicker (12-of-12 on PATs) at Lindenwood. Unfortunately, Harris tested as a 21st-percentile athlete with 4.73 speed at the Combine. Harris is ticketed for special teams in the NFL, and could even get a look at fullback.
Apr 29 - 7:46 PM

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports the Jets are still shopping DE Sheldon Richardson.

The Jets had discussions with the Cowboys and Redskins during the draft but both teams balked at having to pay Richardson's fully guaranteed $8.1 million salary. Per Mehta, the Jets have lowered their asking price and will continue to entertain trade offers for Richardson as he enters his walk year. Mehta is hearing there's a "50-50" chance he'll be dealt this summer.
Apr 29 - 7:13 PM

Devin Smith will miss the 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL.

Sigh. A tantalizing prospect coming out of Ohio State, Smith has so far been limited to just 14 games in two seasons and has rarely taken the field at full strength. This is Smith's second ACL tear since arriving as a second-round pick in 2015. With Smith unavailable, Josh McCown will open the season throwing to Eric Decker (who is coming off shoulder and hip surgeries), Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson. It could be a long year for Gang Green.
Apr 29 - 6:31 PM

Jets selected Ole Miss CB Derrick Jones with the No. 204 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Jones has good length (6'2) and showed explosive traits at his Pro Day (41-inch vert, 140-inch broad), but he has limited experience at corner and questionable strength. He should start out on special teams as the Jets attempt to develop his traits into an NFL corner.
Apr 29 - 4:47 PM

Jets selected Michigan CB Jeremy Clark with the No. 197 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Clark (6’3/220) made 15 starts in the Wolverines’ secondary, registering nine career pass breakups and three interceptions before tearing his ACL in September of last season. He did not work out before the draft. Highly regarded by NFL scouts entering 2016, Clark has experience at both safety and cornerback and possesses intriguing size and length as a developmental prospect with 33-inch arms. Clark also dealt with shoulder problems early in his college career and will have to demonstrate durability to get an extended NFL look.
Apr 29 - 4:26 PM

Jets selected Louisiana-Lafayette RB Elijah McGuire with the No. 188 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

McGuire (5’10/214) graduated as the Ragin Cajuns’ all-time leader in all-purpose yards (5,968) and TDs (52), posting a career 711-4,312-42 (6.1 YPC) rushing line with 129-1,383-10 (10.7 YPR) receiving. Despite his prolific compilation stats, McGuire’s yards-per-carry average descended every year in college (8.4 > 7.6 > 5.0 > 4.9), and he tested as a 24th-percentile athlete before the draft, running well (4.53) in Indy but flunking the three-cone drill (7.26). Still, McGuire’s pass-catching resume, reliable ball security, and compact build give him some appeal as a potential committee back.
Apr 29 - 4:03 PM

Jets selected West Georgia OLB Dylan Donahue with the No. 181 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Donahue (6’3/248) spent two years at Georgia State after transferring from JUCO, tallying 37.5 career tackles for loss and 25.5 sacks. He set the Gulf South single-season record with 13.5 sacks as a senior, earning Defensive Player of the Year in the D-2 conference. While Donahue’s monster small-school production jumps off the page, he is undersized by NFL edge-player standards and severely over-aged as a 25-year-old rookie. Still, Donahue’s relentlessness, burst off the snap, and bend around the edge give him some nickel-rusher potential.
Apr 29 - 3:43 PM

Jets selected Clemson TE Jordan Leggett with the No. 150 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Leggett (6’6/258) made 38 starts for the Tigers, tallying a 112-1,598-18 (14.3 YPR) receiving line and earning first-team All-ACC as both a junior and senior. PFF College charted Leggett with nine drops among 109 catchable targets over his final three years. A solid college receiving tight end whose NFL transition is questionable, Leggett was a poor run blocker on tape and has zero special teams experience. He was allegedly nicknamed "Lazy Leggett" at Clemson for poor work habits. At his Pro Day, Leggett ran 4.71 with passable vertical (33") and broad (9’11") jump numbers. Neither a run-game asset nor a dominant receiver, Leggett would do well to carve out a Jermaine Gresham-like career.
Apr 29 - 2:19 PM

Jets selected California WR Chad Hansen with the No. 141 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Hansen (6’2/202) spent two years at Cal after transferring from Idaho State, breaking out for a 92-1,249-11 (13.5 YPR) receiving line as a redshirt junior, then turning pro. Per PFF College, Hansen secured 17-of-17 catchable deep targets as Davis Webb’s go-to guy in 2016. While Hansen’s final-year production was prolific, he played a whopping 98% of his snaps at right-side receiver, a college tendency that also stunted Bears WR Kevin White’s growth. Hansen showed average athleticism in Indy, posting a 53rd-percentile SPARQ score with 4.53 speed and a 35-inch vertical. A similar talent to Patriots WR Chris Hogan, Hansen plays with physicality and catches everything. His best NFL fit may ultimately be at slot receiver.
Apr 29 - 1:54 PM

Jets selected Alabama WR ArDarius Stewart with the No. 79 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Stewart (5’11/204) turned pro as a redshirt junior after compiling a career 129-1,713-12 (13.3 YPR) receiving line as a two-year starter and three-year contributor in Tuscaloosa. An above-par athlete with 4.49 speed and a solid 10-foot-4 broad jump, Stewart looks like a cross between Golden Tate and Pierre Garcon on college film with powerful shiftiness and impressive run-after-catch skills. Stewart dealt with horrific QB play at Alabama – particularly in 2016 – and became a player the Crimson Tide coaching staff proactively manufactured touches. Also a physical blocker with special teams experience, Stewart has a chance to develop into a plus No. 3 or lower-end No. 2 NFL receiver.
Apr 28 - 10:16 PM

Jets selected Florida S Marcus Maye with the No. 39 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Maye (6’0/212) made 42 starts in the Gators’ secondary, logging seven career tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles, and five interceptions before his senior year was cut four games short by a broken left arm. Maye mostly played free safety at Florida, but also dabbled at slot corner and contributed on special teams. On tape, Maye showed combination free-strong safety ability as a rangy cover man with 4.47 speed, plus ball skills, and an innate knack for forcing takeaways. The Jets will hope Maye can form a dynamic duo at the back end of their defense with No. 6 overall pick Jamal Adams.
Apr 28 - 7:47 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Jets have been "making calls" regarding a potential Sheldon Richardson trade.

The Jets are making a last-ditch effort to move Richardson, a player they've been unsuccessfully shopping all offseason. Richardson is a one-time Pro Bowler and a former Rookie of the Year but teams have been hesitant to give up a pick for him as he enters his walk year. This weekend might be the Jets' last chance to trade him.
Apr 28 - 4:50 PM


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