NY Jets rookie minicamp is officially underway as the team has brought nearly 70 players to their facilities in Florham Park to participate in the four-day event.
The Jets' entire 2022 NFL Draft class is present along with a handful of undrafted signings and a host of tryout players just looking to get their foot in the door. But one player has seemingly shined about the rest.
Undrafted wide receiver Irvin Charles out of Division II Indiana (PA) has been making waves throughout minicamp and earning plenty of praise in the process.
Now, it's only minicamp, and the players aren't exactly being asked to do a ton just yet. But Charles has been receiving rave reviews from those in attendance. He's making people take notice.
Irvin Charles is a name to watch for the NY Jets this summer
A four-star recruit out of Sicklerville, New Jersey, Charles originally committed to Penn State where he spent a couple of seasons primarily as a reserve player.
Charles appeared in 25 games over two years with the Nittany Lions, but he only managed three catches and was mostly a special-teamer. One of those catches is fondly remembered by Penn State fans, however.
In Week 5 of the 2016 season, Charles scored on an 80-yard catch-and-run that would help lead his team to a victory over Minnesota in the midst of a nine-game win streak. Penn State would go on to win their first Big Ten title under head coach James Franklin.
Unfortunately, Charles would end up getting dismissed from the program in 2017 for an unspecified violation of team rules. He'd transfer to IUP in 2019, but he wouldn't step on the field again until 2021 due to academic ineligibility and the COVID-19 pandemic.
After not playing a snap of college football in nearly four years, Charles had a very productive season at IUP finishing with 39 catches for 792 yards and 12 touchdowns.
That season was enough to get him noticed by the Jets who made him one of just five official undrafted signings post-draft. It's easy to see why they're interested.
At 6-foot-4, 228 pounds, Charles is a big-bodied wide receiver who passes the speed/size threshold. He's understandably raw having barely played football over the last half-decade, and his age (25-years-old) is working against him, but the developmental traits are there.
Charles has impressed so far in rookie minicamp, playing alongside former high school teammate and fellow wide receiver Lonnie Moore, with numerous members of the media in attendance signing his praises.
The Jets clearly liked Charles enough to make him one of just five official signings out of the nearly 70 in attendance for rookie minicamp (well over 50 are tryout players).
He'll have every opportunity to prove himself this summer in OTAs and training camp. Irvin Charles is a name to keep an eye on.