It’s easy to root for good guys. It’s a cliche, sure, but at the end of the day, it’s the truth. Thus, over the past few months, I’ve gotten a chance to get to know two new Jets very well, and I must say, if their personalities off the field are anything close to their play on the field, we will be seeing two Pro Bowlers for years to come. Let me introduce you to two Jets. Wide receiver DaMarcus Ganaway and cornerback Royce Adams.
Let’s start with DaMarcus Ganaway. Signed by the club on January 17th to a reserve/future contract, Ganaway was waived on April 3rd to make room for Hayden Smith. However, Ganaway told me that he will be resigned in May, just in time for training camp and OTA’s. As Ganaway put it, “once I get back, I’m back for good.” He started 34 of 40 games at Kentucky Wesleyan and finished his college career with 214 receptions, 2,653 yards and 22 touchdowns. Ganaway did not play football in 2011. Instead, he spent the entire year training and working out in Fort Wayne, Indiana at AWP (Athletes with Purpose). He worked out with Cardinals All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald over the summer. Ganaway who runs a 4.30, 40, can give this team a vertical threat that they’ve been missing for years. Obviously he’s going to need to show he can move past guys like Dexter Jackson and Eron Riley on the roster, and I’m confident he can.
Now meet Royce Adams. Adams can do it all. While he will likely be a corner for the Jets, he has experience playing receiver as well. He converted from cornerback to wide receiver prior to his senior season at Purdue in 2009. Adams played in 46 games for the Boilermakers, also spending time at both kick and punt returner. He played the 2011 season with the AFL’s Pittsburgh Power. Eager to get into the NFL, Adams sent his tape to all 32 teams last season. As soon as Mike Tannenbaum received it, he brought him in for a workout on December 26. The Jets liked what they saw and signed reserve/future contracts in January. Adams might have a great chance to make the 53-man roster due to his versatility. He is a fantastic kid, and somebody who all Jets fans should root for come summer time.
I’ve had the opportunity to converse with various athletes throughout the years, and I can easily say Ganaway and Adams are two of the nicest guys I have ever come across. They both get up early in the morning to hit the workout room, and they don’t stop until sundown. In a locker room that was in complete disarray last season, it will be great to add two guys with amazing character, who will lay it out on the line each and every practice just to see there dream of making it to the NFL come true. Everybody wants to make it to the NFL as a kid. For Ganaway and Adams, they are a few months away from turning that dream into a reality.