New York Jets free agent 2016 acquisitions, Signings,Draft


RB – Bilal Powell, TE – Kellen Davis, TE – Zach Sudfeld, WR – Kenbrell Thompkins, ILB – Erin Henderson,OT – Ben Ijalana – QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – Muhammed Wilkerson

New arrivals: RB Matt Forte, OT Ryan Clady (trade), NT Steve McLendon, CB Darryl Morris, DE Jarvis Jenkins, RS Jeremy Ross, RB Khiry Robinson, WR Kenbrell Thompkins, and LB Bruce Carter
Jets camp transactions:

The Jets have made four player transactions, signing wide receiverAnthony Kelly and defensive linemanChristo Bilukidi, have waived/injured DL Julien Obioha, and placing WR Chris King on Reserve/Did Not Report.

Kelly (6’2″, 210) was signed as an undrafted free agent by Tampa Bay on May 2 after four seasons at Kutztown University in which he posted career totals of 97 receptions, 1,406 receiving yards (14.5 yards/catch) and 22 touchdowns. He was waived by the Buccaneers last week.

Bilukidi (6’5″, 310) was a veteran free agent who entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick by Oakland out of Georgia State in 2012. He played in 18 games (13 starts) in 2012-13 with the Raiders, then played two games with Cincinnati late in ’13 and four games (three starts) with Baltimore in 2014. He was waived by the Ravens in October 2015, then signed with Washington this year but was released in May.

Obioha is an undrafted free agent from Texas A&M. King, the WR from Duquesne, was acquired on waivers Saturday after WR Titus Davis left camp but decided not to report. -per Team.
8/4/16: Jets moves – RB signed Matthew Tucker and waived Terry Williams.

Tucker, a 6’1″, 227-pounder, originally signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in April of 2013. He spent most of his two seasons with the Eagles on the practice squad and was active for two games in 2013. 

Jets signed RB Bernard Pierce and waived RB Zac Stacy.
WR/PR Kyle Williams signed, he attended minicamp on a tryout basis. He has played with the 49ers, Chiefs and Broncos, compiling 47 catches for 574 yards and four TDs. -Jets waived Quenton Bundrage.

LT Ryan Clady (30) 1 year $6 – $7.5 in 2016 with an option for 2017 for $10 million.

LB Bruce Carter (28) formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 1 year, $840,000, $250k guaranteed ($80k signing bonus + $170k of base). cap charge is $680k.

WR/KR Jeremy Ross(6’0″, 215)(28) former Oakland Raiders wide receiver-kick returner Jeremy Ross.
Ross played in 45 games (15 starts) with his main function being a return man. He has 77 punt returns for an average of 11.2 yards/return and 66 kickoff returns for 25.1 yards/return.

Ross was not tendered by Oakland this offseason as a restricted free agent. He has 39 career receptions for 469 yards and two touchdowns, and has also returned a kickoff and a punt for scores.

Ross was signed by New England as an undrafted free agent out of California in 2011. He has also spent time with Indianapolis, Green Bay, Detroit and Baltimore. Ross spent a month on the Ravens’ active roster last year before being waived, and signed with Oakland a few days later.

RB Matt Forté Acquired in free agency from the Chicago Bears ~ 3 years ~$12 million to replace Chris Ivory.

Khiry Robinson RB signed, formerly with the N.O. Saints (his talents have been touted by the likes of HOF coach Bill Parcels).

NT- Steve McLendon, 6′-3″  310# Acquired in free agency to replace Damon Harrison who was signed by the N.Y. Giants.

CB- Darryl Morris (5’10”, 188) from Houston, where he played in the 2014-15 seasons, playing in 23 games with one start and coming up with one interception and six pass defenses.
Morris received no tender from the Texans as a potential restricted free agent.
He was an undrafted free agent out of Texas State signed by San Francisco after the 2013 draft.

The Jets depth at the cornerback spot now includes Darrelle Revis, Buster Skrine, Marcus Williams, Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle as well as Morris. Remember the 2014 seasons “who’s on first” backfield!

DE Jarvis Jenkins from the Bears, two years $7 million with $3 million in guarantees.

DE Deion Barnes from Penn State appeared in 13 games in 2014, registering 6 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. He started 10 games in 2013, while in 2012 he appeared in all 12 games, with eight starts.

FS Durell Eskridge from Syracuse is a big safety at 6’3″ and 208 lbs. He had 68 tackles (47 solo) in 2014 and 1 interception. He had 4 interceptions in 2013.

DE Julian Howsare from Clarion registered 86 total tackles and 9 sacks in 2014. He also blocked 3 kicks, forced 3 fumbles and recovered 2. He played DE in college but is projected as a 3-4 OLB.(previously listed as a FB by the team).

ILB Taiwan Jones from Michigan State was expected to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round. He has a prototypical size for a linebacker – 6’3″, 245 lbs. In 2014, his first year as an ILB, he had 60 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 2 passes broken up, 2 INT and 2 fumble recoveries.

TE Wes Saxton from South Alabama led his school with 50 receptions in 2013 but declined in 2014, catching just 20 passes for 155 yards.

CB Greg Henderson from Colorado had 4 INT and 10 defended passes in 2013. In 2014 he picked off one pass and defended 11.

DE Jordan Williams from Tennessee had 27 tackles (15 solo) and 2 sacks in 2014.

RB Bill Belton from Penn State ran for 526 yards in 2014, averaging 4.2 yards/carry. He had a better year in 2013 when he gained 801 rushing yards with a 5.1 yards/carry average.

Departures: NT Damon Harrison, RB Chris Ivory, OT D’Brickashaw Ferguson (retired), CB Darrin Walls, WR Jeremy Kerley, RB Stevan Ridley, P Ryan Quigley, S Antonio Allen, TE Jeff Cumberland, and LB Demario Davis

2016 NFL draft
Round 1 (pick No.20) Darron Lee, ILB, Ohio State (signed).

Round 2 (pick No.51) Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

Round 3 (pick No.83) Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia

Round 4 (pick No.118) Juston Burris, CB, NC State
“Burris could be the hidden gem in the class, having surrendered just 321 yards for N.C. State last season; his 0.71 yards per coverage snap placed him ninth in the draft class in that metric.”-PFF

Round 5 (pick No.158 from WAS) Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina

Round 7 (pick No. 235 from LA via HOU and DEN) Lachlan Edwards, P, Sam Houston State

Round 7 (pick No.241) Charone Peake, WR, Clemson

ILB – Erin Henderson signed a two year $3.1 million contract. It has potential to reach $5 million, hitting incentives and escalators.
Henderson replaced the departing Demario Davis who signed with the Browns. Henderson played reliever last season for Davis in passing situations and figures to earn the starting spot along side David Harris.

OT Ben Ijalana (6’4″, 322) the Colts’ second-round draft choice (49th overall) in 2011 draft out of Villanova. Played four games with the Colts in ’11, spent ’12 on injured reserve, and was a final cut in ’13.

Acquired by the Jets off waivers; limited to preseason (164 plays in ’14, 43 last year) and three regular-season games in ’14. He was on the Jets’ active roster all 2015 but was inactive the first 15 games and active, did not play in the season finale at Buffalo.

Jun 18

Waived WR Quenton Bundrage.

Jun 2

Signed G Mike Liedtke. Waived OT Luke Marquardt.

Jun 1

Signed DE Shelby Harris. Waived DE Lawrence Okoye.

Conclusion of PFF:
“The strength of this roster is still at wide receiver (making the quarterback conundrum all the more pressing) and the defensive line, where Harrison’s loss can be managed by the fact that even a career-high 577 snaps a year ago only saw him play just over 50 percent of the Jets’ defensive snaps. With Wilkerson, Leonard Williams, and Sheldon Richardson powering this defensive front, the Jets’ defense will still be a force to be reckoned with in 2016.”

New York born and bred, James is a decades long New York Jets Fan and writer dating back to their Superbowl days. A frequent guest on sports talk shows James is the host of OneJetDrive on Blogtalk radio, OneJetDrive Facebook Group and page As well as mixlr. A former U.S. Marine. Semper Fi.


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