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Jets Sign Vidal Hazelton

By Alan Schechter

July 29, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Vidal Hazelton (left) is defended by cornerback Ramon Broadway (right) during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, John Idzik made his first move as the Jets’ general manager, signing a wide receiver. And he is one that played with Mark Sanchez in the past.

The Jets signed WR Vidal Hazelton, formerly of USC and the University of Cincinnati. Since 2011, he bounced around from training camps and practice squads, before landing with the Jets yesterday. Here is some background.

He comes in at 6’2″, 210 pounds. He runs a 4.47 forty yard dash(per his highlight reel), his draft profile had him at 4.62. His best year in college was 2007, when he caught 50 passes with USC for 540 yards and 4 TDs. Injuries plagued the balance of his time with USC and Cincinnati. He went undrafted when he came out in 2011, and bounced from the Chargers, to the Bengals, and then the Titans, before he landed in NY.

Take a look at his highlights (it’s long, don’t feel like you have to watch the entire thing):

Vidal Hazelton 2011 Highlight Reel – Cincinnati Bearcats and USC Trojans from on Vimeo.

PROS: He has terrific hands. Did you see the one handed TD catch? Amazing. He doesn’t seem to drop anything. And he catches the ball with his hands, an important trait we have talked about before with wide receivers. He also runs pretty sharp routes that are precise, which is important to the West Coast system.

CONS: He has good speed off of the line, but he doesn’t have breakaway speed. He seems to have a tough time making people miss. Did you notice? He seems to be brought down by the first hit each time. He doesn’t get a great deal of yards after the catch, which is important to the West Coast system as well.

All in all, a nice player. He will get a chance to make this team, as they were hurting pretty badly for wide receivers in 2012. We will find out soon enough how it turns out.