With organized team activities underway, here are the top five undrafted free agent signings of the New York Jets.
As always, the New York Jets went scavenging after the 2018 NFL Draft in an attempt to find a diamond in the rough. There are tons and tons of guys who never hear their name called on draft night, even though some players deserve to hear it.
Heading into organized team activities, the Jets begin the long road ahead towards finalizing their roster to have a competitive team this upcoming season. Coming off two straight 5-11 seasons isn’t good at all but there are a lot of things to get excited about in 2018.
From this year’s draft class to a lot of new faces ready to prove their worth, expect to see some great competition over the next few months for roster spots. Hopefully, the Jets find a hidden gem or two among their list of undrafted free agents they brought in to compete.
The Jets have found gems like Robby Anderson and Wayne Chrebet in the past. Have they found another gem this year? Time will tell. Here are the top five guys who the Jets signed in hopes to discover another steal as they all bring something unique to the table.
Trinnaman was originally signed by the Arizona Cardinals but was cut by the team. He then worked out for the Jets and the Green Bay Packers, and eventually signed with Gang Green. The Jets have made it unclear what position he will play. His former coach has said that he can excel at cornerback under the right coaching and training.
Trinnaman flies. He ran a 4.29 40 yard dash, faster than any other receiver at the 2018 NFL Combine. He showed his speed off at BYU, catching 52 passes for 626 yards. He averaged an even 12 yards per catch. His speed is what makes him a player worthy of a contract.
Trinnaman also posted a 40.5″ vertical, also higher than any receiver at this year’s combine. He also posted a 12-foot broad jump. Trinnaman would have gone down as a combine legend if he was there, but he didn’t receive an invite. These numbers were from his Pro Day at BYU. He is a superhuman athletically. If he gets better at the football part of the story, watch out.
Next: 4. A dominant run stopper
Mychaelon Thomas was a pure dominant run stopper. During his senior season, he had multiple run stops in every game except one, which was Arizona State. He ranked top 10 in the nation in solo tackles for an interior defensive lineman. He has the ability to be disruptive in the backfield almost every run play.
At 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds, Thomas is like a brick wall at the line. He uses pure strength to just plow through lineman and stop the run. He totaled 29 reps in the bench press at this year’s combine. His strength allows him to line up and shut down any teams run game.
Thomas’ game does not go very far, however. Outside of run stopping, he struggles to contribute. He has a hard time getting to the quarterback. He may only be a two down lineman if he gets anywhere in the league and sticks with the Jets.
Next: 3. A decent pass rusher
Frankie Luvu was a dominant edge rusher at Washington State last season. He posted 12 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks, along with 48 tackles. He is another player with plenty of hustle and effort, which seems to be a popular mindset among the UDFA’s. His drive and passion for the game is unquestionable.
Luvu plays with a physical attitude. He plays the game with speed, not only with his feet, but with his hands as well. He plays the game with intelligence along the edge. He knows how to read eyes, and he plays the run well.
Luvu’s main issue is athleticism. It was the primary reason he was not drafted, and would more than likely be the reason he wouldn’t make the team if he gets cut during training camp. He plays with little explosiveness, despite his average speed. He will need to improve his athleticism if he wants to be the savior at edge rusher the Jets have been looking for.
Next: 2. A versatile offensive lineman
Austin Golson may be listed as a center, but do not take that the wrong way. This man can play almost anywhere on the line. He’s played guard, tackle, and center during his college career. His versatility is what made him a big priority for general manager Mike Maccagnan.
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Golson has also shown leadership at Auburn. He has become a coaches favorite over time, and could become a coaches favorite at One Jets Drive.
He is an extremely hard worker and will always leave all of his effort out on the field. His intelligence on the line is superb as well.
Golson has the kind of versatility that could only increase his chances of landing a final roster spot with the Jets. His biggest problem is power, which he’ll need to work on over the next few months.
He lacks the ability to truly push other lineman, and can occasionally get bullied by bigger defenders. He will need to hit the weights if he wants to make it. If he ever plans on taking a starting job, it will start in the weight room.
Next: 1. Keep an eye on this offensive weapon
Dimitri Flowers was a surprise UDFA, and the Jets got their hands on him quickly. Flowers was often considered the top fullback in the draft class but never heard his name on draft night. The Jets may have gotten their hands on the best overall player among the UDFA class.
Flowers versatility is phenomenal. He can play several positions and play them all well. He was used as a tailback, fullback, and even a tight end in some occasions. He’s shown the ability to run well, block well, and even catch passes well. He fits in almost every personnel one can think of.
The Jets haven’t had a good fullback in quite a long time. Tommy Bohanon parted ways with New York and wound up being a Pro Bowl fullback in 2017. The Jets hope to cover up that mistake with the signing of Flowers. He can walk into the building and become an instant starter if everything falls into place and he makes a name for himself immediately on special teams and offense.