Tonight we take a look at one of the newest members of the New York Jets. It was a curious move yesterday, but it was a move nonetheless. The Jets attempted to fill a need at wide receiver, with a young player cut by the Miami Dolphins. He had only 2 catches in his rookie 2011 campaign, and now he will have his shot with the Jets. Spotlight on WR Clyde Gates.
He comes in at 5’11” 192 pounds.
At Abilene Christian, Gates improved steadily as a receiver, culiminating in a 2010 year that saw Gates amass 66 catches for 1,182 yards and 13 TDs. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft by the Dolphins.
Take a look at some video on this guy:
PROS: The first thing you notice about this young man is his straight line speed. When he makes a catch, he can accelerate quickly and he is gone. When you look at that tape, nobody is catching this guy when he is off to the races. He also has long arms, which allows him to play taller than his 6’1″ frame.
CONS:He needs to catch the ball with his hands more consistently. Sometimes you see him catching with his hands, and sometimes with is body, which is not good. We have all seen what that can do, especially with Stephen Hill. Also, the reports indicate that he is not a great run blocker, which isn’t a great fit for the Jets scheme. He also might not be very pro ready, playing against Division II competition in college. Only 2 receptions in his rookie year is evidence of his lack of readiness as well.
Could this guy help the Jets? Maybe. It is a curious move though, because we just don’t know.