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New York Jets’ UDFA Profile: TE Mike Shanahan

By Alan Schechter

October 13, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Mike Shanahan (87) makes a catch against Louisville Cardinals safety Hakeem Smith (right) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Panthers won 45-35. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

This morning, we head back to the offensive side of the football to take a look at our next member of the Jets’ class of undrafted free agents. We look at a tight end from the University of Pittsburgh, the school that has brought us the likes of Curtis Martin and Darrelle Revis.

Do not adjust your computer screens, we are not writing a profile of the Redskins coach, nor has he gone back to playing. This is a different guy, he just happens to have a well-known name. Today, we look at TE/WR Mike Shanahan.


Mike Shanahan stands at 6’4″, 241 pounds. At his pro day, he ran the 40 yard dash twice, averaging 4.82 seconds.

Here are his stats from his days in Pittsburgh:

I wasn’t able to locate a ton of video, but I have a couple of individual plays for you:

First, a 40 yard reception against Virginia Tech:

And a 77 yard TD reception:

Since the video is limited, I’m going to give you just some basic notes from what could be gleaned from the video.

Even though his straight-line speed is far from elite at 4.82 seconds for the forty yard dash, he has good speed with the ball in his hands. He can breakaway and get yards after the catch. He also has excellent, soft hands. He pulls the ball in with his hands like a pro.

The worry for anyone coming out of college is press coverage. Look at the tape, he really didn’t face any, and you would like to know how he would do against it. He won’t get off the line with a free release too often in the pros.

This guy can clearly play. Mike Shanahan will get his chance to make this team, and we wish him luck.