NY Jets officially announce 9 undrafted free agent signings
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets officially announced the signing of nine undrafted free agents on Wednesday adding a heap of new young talent to the roster.
The NY Jets bolstered their youth on Wednesday officially announcing the signing of nine undrafted free agents to their roster. Now, in reality, most of those signings were announced just hours after the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft.
But the team has finally announced them in an official capacity.
Among those signed were wide receivers Lawrence Cager and George Campbell, offensive lineman Jared Hilbers, defensive linemen Domenique Davis and Sterling Johnson, edge rusher Bryce Huff, cornerbacks Lamar Jackson and Javelin Guidry, and safety Shyheim Carter.
This comes a day after the team cleared some roster space by waiving four players (Kyron Brown, Charles Tapper, Jalin Moore, and Keon Hatcher) and placing Quincy Enunwa and Josh Bellamy on the reserve/PUP list.
Every year, we see a handful of undrafted free agents make legitimate runs at one of the final roster spots. And every year, we’ll usually see one or two make it past final roster cuts.
This season, we could see even more than usual.
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Since the NFL will officially be expanding to 55-man game-day rosters, there will be extra slots for practice squad players to be a part of the active roster. And since the majority of the practice squad is typically made up of undrafted rookies, they should be given more opportunities than ever before.
Of the nine signings, players like Cager, Huff, and Jackson have already found some considerable fanfare.
A tall, physical receiver out of Georgia, Cager will compete with the Jets’ lackluster depth for one of the final receiver spots. Huff will look to make the roster as a reserve pass rusher/special teamer. And Jackson has the size and physicality the Jets love from their cornerbacks.
But even outside of those, players like Campbell, Hilbers, and Guidry are all interesting.
Campbell is a former five-star recruit who ran into injury troubles in college but has all the raw talent in the world. Expect to see Hilbers competing for one of the final depth spots on the offensive line. And Guidry’s 4.29 40-yard dash at the Combine trailed Henry Ruggs by only 0.02 seconds.
There is no shortage of intrigue among the Jets’ undrafted free agents signings this year. And given the lack of depth in portions of the roster, it wouldn’t be surprising to see two or three of them make the final cut — if not more.
Training camp and the preseason should be exciting as the next crop of young talent looks to earn their place on the roster.