Analyzing 5 new additions to the NY Jets practice squad

Who are the five new players on the Jets' practice squad?
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2. Ryan Swoboda, OT, NY Jets

The Jets clearly have a thing for oversized offensive tackles, and undrafted rookie Ryan Swoboda fits the bill. Swoboda stands at over 6-foot-9 and weighs in at 319 pounds. He's one of the tallest players in the entire NFL.

A former Virginia recruit, Swoboda transferred to UCF ahead of his senior season, and he would go on to start all 14 games at right tackle, earning first-team All-AAC honors in the process.

Swoboda signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent, and despite making some waves this summer, he didn't do enough to earn a 53-man roster spot. He has an opportunity to continue his development with the Jets.

Swoboda possesses rare size for the position, although his tall frame often works against him. He's a significant work in progress, but the physical upside is there.

1. Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB, NY Jets

Robert Saleh loves his converted safeties at the linebacker position, and former 49ers summer standout Marcelino McCrary-Ball is the exact archetype that the Jets' head coach typically looks for.

McCrary-Ball is a former college safety who converted to linebacker and spent his entire rookie season on the 49ers' practice squad last year. He returned this summer and seemed to be making a strong push for a roster spot.

In fact, McCrary-Ball was working as the first-team SAM linebacker early last month. Unfortunately, he became the victim of an extremely deep 49ers linebacker room and was unable to make the 53-man roster.

He has a real chance to stick around in New York, though. McCrary-Ball is one of my favorite new additions for this Jets team. Don't be surprised if he gets a look on the active roster at some point this season.