The New York Jets will have a pair of familiar faces honing their scouting skills during the team’s 2019 training camp.
It’s been a minute since D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Calvin Pace were suiting up for the New York Jets, but they’ll be hitting the field for the Gang Green once again this year.
Both former standouts for the Gang Green, Ferguson and Pace will be returning to the team in a scouting capacity during this year’s training camp practices.
Hines Ward, former star wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, will also be serving as a coaching intern for the Jets during training camp. Ward is one of four Bill Walsh coaching interns serving the team this year, while Ferguson and Pace will be joining via the Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship (via team reporter Olivia Landis):
The scouting fellowship, named in honor of Bill Nunn, longtime personnel director for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and John Wooten, a former NFL player and front-office executive, is part of the NFL’s Football Development program.
New York drafted Ferguson No. 4 overall in the 2006 NFL draft after a standout career at Virginia. He made 167 consecutive starts for the Jets, the second-longest streak in franchise history.
Pace joined the Jets in 2008 after five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, where he was a first-round pick out of Wake Forest. Over eight seasons with the Gang Green, Pace racked up 46 sacks, which currently ranks No. 5 on the team’s all-time list.
The Jets are primed for a bounce-back campaign in 2019, with tons of young talent and plenty of fresh faces across the board. Perhaps these blasts from the past will help steer the team back to the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade.