TJP-The Jets have had a lot of guys into camp, talk a little bit about guys that fans may not be familiar with that have come in.
JS-I’ll give you three guys. First is running back John Griffin. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know John pretty well since he signed with the Jets. I can honestly say I have never seen a player more dedicated or determined to prove his doubters wrong. Whether it is late at night, or at the break of dawn, John is either working out on the field or in the weight room. He is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to showcase his talent during camp. It has been reported that the Jets aren’t likely to go after a RB in free agency because they like their young guys on the roster. I can say with confidence John is one of those guys. Keep in mind, he attended UMass, Mike Tannenbaum’s alma mater, so Mike had the opportunity to watch him play in college. Keep an eye on this kid…if his heart and determination are anything close to his game, he’s going to be something special.
Second is receiver DaMarcus Ganaway. Signed by the club on January 17th to a reserve/future contract, Ganaway was waived on April 3rd to make room for Hayden Smith. However, Ganaway told me that he will be resigned in May, just in time for training camp and OTA’s. As Ganaway put it, “once I get back, I’m back for good.” He started 34 of 40 games at Kentucky Wesleyan and finished his college career with 214 receptions, 2,653 yards and 22 touchdowns. Ganaway did not play football in 2011. Instead, he spent the entire year training and working out at in Fort Wayne, Indiana at AWP (Athletes with Purpose). He spent his summer working out with Cardinals All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. He runs a 4.30, 40. Ganaway can give this team a vertical threat that they’ve been missing since Braylon left. Obviously he’s going to need to show he can move past guys like Dexter Jackson and Eron Riley on the roster, and I’m confident he can.
Lastly, keep an eye on Royce Adams. Adams can do it all. While he will likely be a corner for the Jets, he has experience playing receiver as well. He converted from cornerback to wide receiver prior to his senior season at Purdue in 2009. Adams played in 46 games for the Boilermakers, also spending time at both kick and punt returner. Adams played the 2011 season with the AFL’s Pittsburgh Power. He sent him his tape last season, and as soon as Mike Tannenbaum received it, he brought him in for a workout on December 26. The Jets liked what they saw and signed reserve/future contracts in January. Adams might have a great chance to make the 53-man roster due to his versatility. He is a fantastic kid, and somebody who all Jets fans should root for come summer time.