Undrafted Free Agent Hunt Begins

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Undrafted Free Agent Hunt Begins

As soon as the 2009 NFL Draft concluded, the Jets, along with other NFL teams, rushed to grab the best undrafted talent. We've learned from various sourced that the Gang Green thus far have signed the following undrafted free agents:

P T.J. Conley (Idaho) - All-American and All-WAC honoree was the nation's leading punter in 2008 with a 47.4-yard average. Positives: Tall with muscular lower body and adequate upper-body development. … Strong leg -- his longest punt of 2008 went 74 yards against Utah State, about 69 in the air. … Quick get-off (between 1.2 and 1.25 seconds), usually with a two-step delivery. … Can turn the ball over in the air to add distance. … Handles errant snaps in any direction and still gets the kick off quickly. … Was a good high school athlete and his skills are still displayed downfield in coverage (four solo tackles in 2008). … Holds for field goals. Negatives: Lacks hang-time on most punts (only about four seconds on 40-45 yard kicks, as little as three seconds on shorter punts), which could lead to long returns in the NFL. … Must prove he can handle poor weather conditions as he kicks in a dome for half of his games, and played away games in California, Utah, Arizona and Hawaii during 2008. … Inconsistent delivery, sometimes adding a half-step backward when receiving the snap. … Has lapsed in concentration, dropping the snap, when sensing pressure.

TE Robert Myers (Utah State) - Missed the entire 2008 season with a turf toe injury that required surgery, also battled groin, leg and knee ailments during his college career. Positives: make the difficult catch...Terrific body control and ball skills...Can stretch the field vertically...Has the ability to do some damage after the catch...Decent effort as a blocker..Versatile...Still has some upside. Negatives: Has major health and durability issues...Just average size and bulk...Is not very strong or physical...Sub par blocker...Didn't face a lot of top competition...Doesn't have much experience...Wasn't real productive.

TE Andrew Davie (Arkansas) - caught 24 passes for 199 yards, 6 TDs during his entire college career. Positives: Nice-sized tight end with a fairly solid game. Blocks with good lean, displays strength at the point of attack, and works hard until the whistle blows. Comes back into the clearing to make himself an available target, effectively adjusts to the errant throw, and looks the pass into his hands. Shows strength running after the reception. Negatives: Overall game lacks speed and quickness. Marginally productive in college. He has enough size and skill to warrant looks as a potential third tight end on a roster.

DT Matt Kroul (Iowa) - 4-year starter awarded varying degrees of all-Conference honors since his junior season. In his senior year he sarted all 13 games at defensive tackle, recording 16 solo tackles and 41 assists, including 6.5 tackles for loss (17 yards) and two QB sacks. Positives: Hard-working, instinctive defender who shows a good head for the ball. Quickly gets off the snap, effectively uses his hands to protect himself, and keeps his feet moving up the field. Breaks down well playing with leverage, displays good instincts, and fluid making plays down the line of scrimmage. Negatives: Cannot get off blocks, and is handled by a single lineman. Lacks the size for defensive tackle and speed to be a pass rusher.

DE Jamaal Westerman (Rutgers) - played in 12 games as a senior, recording 33 tackles (16 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks. Positives: Can play as a pass-rushing DT in a pinch. Decent strength for his size. Knows how to play with some leverage. Experienced. Productive. Athletic. Might be looked at as an OLB coversion because of his superior change of direction skills. Negatives: Tore his bicep back on Oct 25th. Undersized. Average first step. Average quickness. Not necessarily bad at anything, but doesn't blow you away, either. Small for NFL DE, and has never played OLB in college.

DE Zach Potter (Nebraska) - played in 13 games as a senior, recording 47 tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Positives: Excellent size with the frame to get bigger...Powerful tackler...Stout at the point of attack...Holds up well against the run...Does a great job in pursuit...Good  awareness...Non-stop motor...Offers lots of versatility. Negatives: Not very fast, quick or explosive...Short arms...Isn't much of a pass rusher...Will have to get stronger...Inconsistent leverage...Has trouble shedding blocks...Doesn't protect his lower body real well...

TE J'Nathan Bullock (Cleveland State) - played basketball in college. Heaveraged 15.4 points per game for Cleveland State last season and is the school’s fourth all-time leading scorer. According to his biography, Bullock played every skill position on offense as a high school senior as well as defensive end and linebacker. He rushed for 865 yards and five touchdowns in his final year of high school, caught 19 passes for 436 yards, and completed 11 of 17 passes for 312 yards and a touchdown.

Check back here later as we'll keep adding more undrafted free agent signings.

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