New York Jets Rookie Recap – Undrafted Free Agents

Nikki Charlesworth reviews the performance of New York Jets UDFAs…

Last preseason, we featured each of the rookies drafted or signed as an UDFA, breaking down their college career, strengths, weaknesses and potential. Despite the temptation, as a knee jerk reaction, to write off the entire team, last year’s groundwork is still relevant, as a number of these rookies showed great future potential.  They may not have all had immediate impact, but some are certainly positive building blocks. Now that the season is over, how did they fare? Lets start by taking a look at what happened to the UDFAs.

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New York Jets – Get To Know Brandon Wilds

Nikki Charlesworth with a closer look at New York Jets running back Brandon Wilds

Last week, the New York Jets promoted running back Brandon Wilds from the practice squad to the active roster following the release of CJ Spiller and Jeremy Ross. Wilds saw his first action in Green and White in the week 14 victory against San Francisco, with two rushing attempts for four yards. Not the most auspicious of debuts, but with Matt Forte leaving the same game with a knee injury of, as yet, unconfirmed severity, we may see more of him in the coming weeks as part of the backfield rotation.

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New York Jets – Closer Look at Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Nikki Charlesworth with a closer look at Austin Sefarian-Jenkins…

The tight end position has recently become all but extinct in the Jets offense. In 2015 there were only 8 total catches  by a tight end, so far this year there have been none. The team started 2016 with no notable tight ends on the roster, after letting Jace Amaro, previous draft pick and high hope, go in the off season.  In week four, prior to the Seattle match up, the Jets claimed Austin Seferian-Jenkins off waivers, following his release from Tampa Bay. With injury to Eric Decker, extra offensive weapons are sorely needed and we may see Seferian-Jenkins debut in green and white against the Steelers.

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New York Jets – Forte Showing Value…

Nikki Charlesworth on the value shown by Matt Forte so far this season…

The Jets offense were on fire against the Bills in week two, and with three touchdowns in that game, Matt Forte is cementing his position as a key weapon. His 196 yards over the first two games rank him fourth in the league in rushing and contribute greatly to the Jets entering week three ranking fourth in total offense. Unsurprisingly, he was awarded Fed Ex Ground Player of the Week for his triple touchdown performance.

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New York Jets – Week 1 to Week 2 Comparison

Nikki Charlesworth compares the New York Jets week 1 performance to their week 2 performance…

During the week one loss to the Bengals, a number of key issues combined to ensure the Jets lost a winnable game. The Bills proved themselves a different level of opponent but in the short week there was a lot of work to do. Getting a win against the Buffalo was a clear upgrade on the opening weekend experience, but did we see improvement with the problems that the Jets can’t afford looking ahead to some challenging match ups? Lets take a look at four of them.

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New York Jets 2016 – UDFA Breakdown

Nikki Charlesworth breaks down the New York Jets 2016 UDFA class

Throughout the off-season we broke down each of the 13 UDFAs the Jets added following the draft…With the roster set, lets take a look at what became of each of the thirteen.

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New York Jets OL – Brandon Shell Breakdown

Nikki Charlesworth with a closer look at Jets rookie RT Brandon Shell

The Jets’ offensive line has a been an area of increasing concern for some time as a positional group with aging talent and limited depth. The retirement of starting left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, despite being past his prime, and the placement of nine year vet Breno Giacomini on the PUP list has exacerbated the situation. Clearly keen to add depth to this shaky group and begin to build for the future, the Jets traded back into the fifth round of the draft to pick up South Carolina’s Brandon Shell. Lets take a  closer look at the player for whom the Jets gave up their 2017 fourth round pick.

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New York Jets UDFA Breakdown – Tarow Barney

Nikki Charlesworth breaks down New York Jets UDFA DL Tarow Barney

The New York Jets have picked up a number of UDFAs on the defensive line whilst in search of further depth for the strongest positional group on the roster. Continuing the breakdowns of these rookie D-linemen, lets take a look at nose tackle Tarow Barney. 

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  • Name: Tarow Barney
  • School: Penn State
  • Position: Nose Tackle / Defensive Tackle
  • Height:  6’1″
  • Weight: 306 lbs

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New York Jets UDFA Breakdown – Claude Pelon

Nikki Charlesworth breaks down New York Jets UDFA Claude Pelon, a defensive end from USC

The New York Jets have picked up a number of UDFAs on the defensive line whilst in search of further depth for the strongest positional group on the roster. Lets take a look at Claude Pelon; does he have a chance of making the roster at this very competitive position?

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  • Name: Claude Pelon
  • School: USC
  • Position: DE/DT
  • Height:  6’4″
  • Weight: 310 lbs

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New York Jets UDFA Breakdown – TE Jason Vander Laan

Nikki Charlesworth breaks down New York Jets UDFA TE Jason Vander Laan

It’s no secret that tight end has been a weakness on the Jets roster for the past few years, but can former college quarterback Jason Vander Laan make his mark on this position?

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  • Name: Jason Vander Laan
  • School: Ferris State
  • Position: Tight End 
  • Height:  6’3″
  • Weight: 244 lbs

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