Player News - Jets

Date: Team: Pos:

Jets signed Michigan State DE Lawrence Thomas.

Thomas (6'4/286) made 30 starts for the Spartans -- 14 at defensive tackle, 13 at defensive end, and three at fullback. He recorded 9.5 career tackles for loss, six sacks, and seven pass breakups. A former linebacker and running back, Thomas showed his athleticism in Indy with a 4.98 forty and 35-inch vertical. Thomas' weak college productivity is a concern, but he is a high-energy, versatile defensive lineman in a league seeking those players out. He has a shot to work his way into a rotation.
May 3 - 12:15 PM

Jets signed Utah P Tom Hackett.

Hackett (5'11/198) twice won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter, finishing his career second all time in Utah history in yards per punt (45.2). He placed 44% of his career punts inside the opposing 20-yard line, and 21% inside the 10. Hackett also went 4-of-4 on converting fake punts into first downs. A rugby-style punter and Australia native, Hackett has field-flipping upside as an NFL punter, and can also placehold and kick off.
May 3 - 12:12 PM

Jets signed Appalachian State CB Doug Middleton.

Middleton (6'0/209) was a two-plus-year starter for the Mountaineers, earning first-team All-Sun Belt as a junior but slipping to honorable mention as a senior. Although his final college season was a disappointment, Middleton bounced back with an eye-catching Pro Day, blazing 4.5-flat with a 38 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-11 broad jump. An NFL-level athlete with experience at cornerback and safety, Middleton offers some upside as a flyer prospect.
May 3 - 12:11 PM

In a radio interview, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan did not rule out second-round QB Christian Hackenberg playing this season.

Maccagnan said in a "perfect world" Hackenberg would be given a chance to develop behind a veteran starter. Unfortunately for the Jets, they do not have that bridge quarterback on the roster. That would change if they could re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, but as of now New York's quarterback room consists of Geno Smith, sophomore Bryce Petty, and Hackenberg.
May 3 - 9:25 AM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan didn't mention second-year QB Bryce Petty when discussing the team's quarterback plans for 2016.

"Hopefully if we can re-sign Ryan (Fitzpatrick) and we have Geno (Smith), kind of go from there and see how we do," Maccagnan said. He also wouldn't rule out playing rookie Christian Hackenberg this season. If the Jets get Fitzpatrick back in the fold, and keep Smith, then that leaves no room for Petty, whom the Jets used the No. 103 overall pick on just last year.
May 2 - 6:51 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini reports the Jets will not pick up CB Dee Milliner's fifth-year option for 2017.

It would have been a shock if they did. Milliner has managed just 21 appearances in three seasons and has not been effective even when on the field. Only 24, he will have a shot to earn the starting role opposite Darrelle Revis in training camp, but nothing thus far in his career suggests he will capitalize on the opportunity. The No. 9 overall pick in 2013, Milliner will likely go down as a massive bust.
Source: ESPN
May 2 - 11:45 AM

Jets signed Temple C Kyle Friend.

Friend (6'1/295) started all four years, earning first-team All-American Athletic Conference as a senior. His Pro Day workout was solid, running 5.09 with a 28 1/2-inch vertical and 41 bench-press reps. Friend has some movement ability and was a solid college blocker, but he is a short-armed center only lacking big-league size. His NFL ceiling is probably Tim Barnes.
May 1 - 10:06 AM

Jets signed Temple WR Robby Anderson.

Anderson (6'3/187) opened his college career as a special teamer and defensive back before converting to wideout, where he led the Owls in catches (70), yards (939), and touchdowns (7) as a senior. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Anderson showed explosive athleticism at Temple's Pro Day, blazing 4.36 with a 10-foot-8 broad jump. During the pre-draft phase, some scouts viewed cornerback as Anderson's best NFL position due to his small hands (8 3/8") and rangy frame. Ultimately, Anderson is a multi-year project with some developmental upside.
May 1 - 10:03 AM

Jets signed Duke K Ross Martin.

Martin (5'9/187) was Duke's placekicker all four seasons, connecting on 78-of-93 (89.3%) career field goal tries and 8-of-10 attempts from 50-plus yards out. Although Martin was an efficient college kicker, he turned just 72-of-228 (31.6%) kickoffs into touchbacks. Martin may eventually require a kickoff specialist, but he offers ideal placekicking accuracy and therefore has a chance to carve out a lengthy NFL career.
Apr 30 - 8:47 PM

Jets signed Ohio State WR Jalin Marshall

Marshall (5'11/200) turned pro after his redshirt sophomore season, posting a two-year receiving line of 74/976/11 (13.2 YPR) with 27/175/1 (6.48 YPC) rushing. Although Marshall's forty time disappointed (4.60) in Indy, he did show some explosion with a 37 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump. Marshall was a terrific college punt returner, returning 35 percent of fielded punts for 15-plus yards. A developmental former high school quarterback, Marshall's NFL ticket is on returns.
Apr 30 - 7:44 PM

Jets selected Clemson WR Charone Peake with the No. 241 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Peake (6'2/209) spent one season as a full-time starter at Clemson, posting a 50-716-5 (14.3 YPR) receiving line for the national champion runner-ups. A power player who can block and create yards after catch with desire and brute strength, Peake's stock got a bump in Indy with a 4.45 forty and 35 1/2-inch vertical. Peake's college production underwhelms, but he has an NFL-level combination of build, movement skills, and physicality. He has a chance to become a better pro than college player.
Apr 30 - 6:15 PM

Jets selected Sam Houston State P Lac Edwards with the No. 235 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Edwards is an FCS punter, and an Australian native. He'll obviously be the odds-on favorite to start, as the Jets entered draft weekend without a punter. Edwards will have to be atrocious in camp not to get the job.
Apr 30 - 6:03 PM

Jets traded up with the Redskins to select South Carolina T Brandon Shell with the No. 158 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

The Redskins get a 2017 fourth round pick. Shell (6'5/324) made 48 starts for the Gamecocks, manning right tackle his first three years before protecting the blind side as a senior. He showed NFL length (34 3/4") and huge hands (10 3/4") at the Combine, also shining in the forty (5.22) and broad jump (9'4"). The great nephew of Art Shell, Brandon's tape reveals a long, meaty lineman who lacks the feet and agility for left tackle and isn't a good enough run blocker for the right side. Already 24, Shell's ceiling is probably a swing tackle.
Apr 30 - 2:55 PM

Jets selected NC State CB Juston Burris with the No. 118 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Burris (6'0/212) spent his freshman year as the Wolfpack's nickel corner before starting his final three seasons. While he managed only three career INTs, Burris held opponents to one touchdown pass and a stingy 34.1% completion rate on throws into his coverage as a senior. Burris further helped himself at the Combine, running 4.53 with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. Burris is a big, physical corner with the necessary traits to function in zone or press coverage. He has an outside chance to develop into a No. 2 cornerback with a year or two of development.
Apr 30 - 1:11 PM

Coach Todd Bowles said Friday that Geno Smith will enter OTAs as the Jets' starting quarterback.

The Jets haven't made progress with disgruntled free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick, while GM Mike Maccagnan has failed to deal franchise-tagged DE Muhammad Wilkerson, preventing Gang Green from clearing salary cap space. At present, Geno is the Jets' best and only option. "Geno is first team," Bowles said. "We're still working to get Fitzpatrick back. Geno will go into OTAs as the starter." Smith, 25, has a 57.9 percent completion rate and 27:35 TD-to-INT ratio through 31 career appearances (29 starts).
Apr 30 - 1:40 AM


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