New York Jets UDFA Profile – Ryan Spadola WR

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Turn On The Jets will be breaking down all of the New York Jets undrafted free agents, first and second year roster players currently on the roster who you may not be that familiar with. New staff writer Cole Patterson kicks off this series with a look at Lehigh wide receiver Ryan Spadola. Give Cole a follow on Twitter and a welcome to TOJ! 

Name: Ryan Spadola

College: Lehigh

Position: Wide Reciever

Size: 6’1″ – 204 lbs

40 Time: 4.48 seconds

Vertical Jump: 33.5″

College Career: Spadola, a Howell, NJ native, had great success in his time at Lehigh. He finished his college career as second in school history for both career receiving yards and receptions. As a junior, Spadola set the single season Patriot League record with 11 TDs and 1,614 yds on 96 receptions. Great expectations for his senior season were hampered by a bout of mononucleosis (the “Kissing Disease”). However, Spadola still managed 57 receptions for 851 yds and 4 TDs, impressive considering he accomplished this while playing sick for 3 games and missing 2. Spadola was named first team All-Patriot League 2 years in a row and is a two time All-American with first team honors from the AP, AFCA, and the Sports Network.

Scouting ReportSpadola is described by scouts as a prototypical possession receiver in both size, measurables and ability. He has strong hands and isn’t afraid of contact over the middle, with the frame to box out smaller slot corners and fight for the ball. Spadola’s 40 time is what separates him from the average possession receiver, who are slower than your typical flanker or split end. However, Spadola posses above average speed (4.48 seconds) and could be a match-up nightmare in the middle of the field.

Where He Fits: Spadola is in competition for a spot on a wide receiver depth chart that is considered by many to be the weakest in the NFL. Jeremy Kerley showed he is a legitimate NFL receiver last season and Santonio Holmes is coming off a devastating lisfranc injury. Outside of these two, the Jets receiving depth chart is made up entirely of question marks. Stephen Hill showed promise but needs a good deal of refining. These three are sure to make the final 53, so Spadola’s main competition are Jordan White (last year’s 7th round selection), Clyde Gates, and fellow UDFAs Zach Rogers, Marcus Davis, and KJ Stroud. White in particular presents a unique challenge because he also fits the bill as a prototypical possession receiver.

TEs Jeff Cumberland, Konrad Reuland, Hayden Smith, and Mike Shannahan (UDFA) also serve a similar purpose to Spadola’s presumed NFL use as a possession receiver. However, Spadola’s college production provides a good foundation for him to supplement the presumed lack of production from an incredibly weak TE group. Luckily for Spadola the competition for a roster spot is relatively weak and he stands a good chance to make the 53 man roster as the 4th or 5th receiver on the depth chart.

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  • Keator

    This guy went to Lehigh? Welp he will always be good in my book bc Dook sucks

  • __fense

    Neat article. Keep up the good work!

  • Gene

    Spadola got that speed baby!! Great insight, great article!

  • Harold

    Looks solid I will definitely keep an eye out for him.

  • Christophervman

    Great stuff, need a free agent to step up at WR, TE and Safety. You guys should keep these accessible on the site as training camps progress to reference back to.

  • KAsh

    How is his route-running? Besides Zach Rogers, the Jets seemed to have signed a lot of fast receivers, but few polished route-runners. From what I’ve read, Marcus Davis is next in line after Rogers in route-running, and he has been compared to Stephen Hill.

  • Chip

    Spadola is an excellent route runner and YAC guy. He’s fast and strong with excellent hands. Holmes, Hill not even on the field getting reps from QBs with new OC as they are hurt still. Spadola has the work ethic and intelligence to p/u the new WC offense and the polish and athleticism to eventually excel.

  • Cole Patterson

    Honestly, from what I’ve read Spadola, Davis, and Rogers are all pretty polished route runners (light years ahead of Hill at least).

  • Chip

    While Spadola played in the FCS Patriot league, all he did was produce, get better and become used to being the #1 option. He has surprised a lot of people, but not the people who’ve watched him develop his game over the past three years. He’s incredibly versatile and the Jets saw that. Congrats to Ryan and best of wishes him and the Jets this season and beyond.