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Jets sign exclusive rights free agents Frankie Luvu, De’Angelo Henderson, Sr.

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 09: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills fumbles the ball in the first quarter during NFL game action as he is hit by Frankie Luvu #50 of the New York Jets at New Era Field on December 9, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 09: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills fumbles the ball in the first quarter during NFL game action as he is hit by Frankie Luvu #50 of the New York Jets at New Era Field on December 9, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets have signed two more exclusive right free agents, as linebacker Frankie Luvu and running back De’Angelo Henderson, Sr. will be back in Florham Park this summer in the green and white.

LB Frankie Luvu and RB De'Angelo Henderson Sr. have signed their exclusive rights tenders. pic.twitter.com/rmVB8EAawp

— #TakeFlight (@nyjets) April 2, 2019

Frankie Luvu will get another shot with the Gang Green after being signed as an undrafted free agent in his rookie campaign. Out of Washington State, Luvu was initially on the practice squad, but quickly matriculated to the active roster at the beginning of the season.

As for expectations, Luvu exceeded them, defying the odds to even make the Jets roster. Luvu went further than just making the roster, ending the season with 3 sacks. The Jets will expect Luvu be a situational pass rusher and special teams man in the 2019 season. As a 22-year-old rookie, Luvu got to the quarterback on more pass rushing snaps than veteran Brandon Copeland. Copeland has received high praise for his performance last season, but Luvu has demonstrated just as much potential at 5 years younger.

Alongside Luvu, the Jets are bringing back Henderson. Now, you might be asking, “back?” Henderson spent last season between the Jets practice squad and active roster, and previously spent the 2017 season and 2018 training camp with the Denver Broncos. Henderson only got the rock two times last season, and will have an uphill climb to get a roster spot and earn some carries in the 2019 season.

It will be interesting to see what defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will do with Luvu in 2019. Will he draw up new blitzes for Luvu to get after the quarterback? On the other side of the ball, keep an eye out for Henderson in the preseason in the backfield. I can say wholeheartedly the Jets we see in 2019 will be far different from 2018. Training camp can’t come soon enough.

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