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Name: Patrick Gamble
School: Georgia Tech
Career Stats: 122 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, 3 passes defended, two fumble recoveries
40 Yard Dash: 4.96 seconds
20 Yard Shuttle: N/A
Vertical Jump: N/A
Broad Jump: N/A
Bench Press: 21 reps of 225 lbs
Strengths: Making 27 starts for the Yellow Jackets, Gamble played both DE and DT. His 7.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss paced Georgia Tech last season and earned him honorable mention All-ACC recognition.Playing through a shoulder injury in 2016, Gamble’s 54 tackles led all Tech defensive linemen. He graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in literature, media and communication. Gamble has a quick first step, and has a very underrated swim move that you do not typically see from interior pass rushers. Gamble also utilized his hands well, and was able to shoot through gaps with his athleticism.
Weaknesses: Gamble struggled against the run because he could not keep his pads low, and he struggled to use his legs to maintain a solid base that would negate him getting pushed off. His pass rushing repertoire is not the most versatile, and he did not give maximum effort on every play.
Final Words: This undrafted free agent signing feels like a chance to get an interior rusher to replace Sheldon Richardson in the Jets rotation to be honest. Gamble does not have the weight to play traditional nose tackle, but as a rotational defensive end that primarily backs up Leonard Williams and Muhammed Wilkerson he could end up being a sneaky good signing and could end up being productive when paired with one of the aforementioned two. He should primarily play DE, but could develop into a solid rotational piece for the Jets.
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