WR White to visit Jets

West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White will visit the Jets (April 9).


Previous Reports

A transfer from Lackawanna College, White had to get his grades up before playing his first season at WVU in 2013 and had trouble adjusting to his new level of competition, as White readily admitted. “[2013] was a bad year,” White told NFLDraftScout.com. “I wanted to go out there and show the world and myself that I can compete with the best of the best … man coverage is me vs. that guy. I won’t let him stop me, he won’t beat me.”

White worked hard on his technique between 2013 and 2014 and had an incredible 2014 campaign, finishing third in receptions (109) and sixth in receiving yards (1,447) in the NCAA. White was named one of just three finalists for the Biletnikoff award after starting the season with seven consecutive 100-yard receiving games. White set the school record for catches in a game with 16 receptions vs. Texas on Nov. 8, 2014.


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Ridley to sign with Jets

Free agent running back Stevan Ridley will sign with the Jets, according to NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport (April 8).

The deal is for one year, according to reporter Manish Mehta (April 8).

Ridley, from LSU, becomes the second player to leave the Patriots and join the Jets, following cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Ridley, who also visited the Redskins and Dolphins, among others, joins the Jets running back corps of Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.


Previous reports: Ridley is visiting the Jets today, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter (April 1).

Schefter reported that Ridley has also visited the Dolphins.

Ridley, 26, rushed for over 2,800 yards over four seasons with the New England Patriots, including 1,263 in 2012. Last season, he had 94 rushes for 340 yards in six games before his season was ended by a torn ACL against the Bills in October. He ran for two touchdowns and caught four passes for 20 yards.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

There’s been some discussion that the Jets might favor Ridley over Ivory due to the new scheme, but I wonder.  It could be that Ridley is a better option for the Jets new scheme, but he will have to prove it in training camp and is coming off an ACL injury so that might limit what value he can bring to the Jets at this point in time.  Also, the Jets could look to the draft to increase their depth and dynamism at the running back spot. 

Jets re-sign Leger Douzable

The Jets have re-signed defensive lineman Leger Douzable, the team announced. It was first reported by Kimberley Martin and Dom Cosentino (April 7).

It will by a one-year deal, according to reporter Kristian Dyer (April 8).

Douzable played in 16 games for the Jets last season, notching 14 tackles and two and a half sacks.

Over his two years with the Jets, Douzable has 19 tackles and four sacks over 32 games (no starts).

For his pro career, which has included stops with St. Louis, Jacksonville and Tennessee, he’s played in 75 games (seven starts) with five sacks and 95 tackles.

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Jets Draft Prospects: WVU WR Kevin White

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In the lead up to the NFL Draft, we will be examining players which the Jets might consider taking within the first two days of the Draft. Today’s article focuses on WVU WR Kevin White, one of the biggest mock draft movers over the last month. Big, physical and fast, can White take the NFL by storm? Or are there some reasons for pause when it comes to White’s NFL prospects?  

Kevin White
West Virginia University, Wide Receiver
Height: 6’3″ Weight: 215 BMI: 26.9

College Career:
A transfer from Lackawanna College, White had to get his grades up before playing his first season at WVU in 2013 and had trouble adjusting to his new level of competition, as White readily admitted. “[2013] was a bad year,” White told NFLDraftScout.com. “I wanted to go out there and show the world and myself that I can compete with the best of the best … man coverage is me vs. that guy. I won’t let him stop me, he won’t beat me.”

White worked hard on his technique between 2013 and 2014 and had an incredible 2014 campaign, finishing third in receptions (109) and sixth in receiving yards (1,447) in the NCAA. White was named one of just three finalists for the Biletnikoff award after starting the season with seven consecutive 100-yard receiving games. White set the school record for catches in a game with 16 receptions vs. Texas on Nov. 8, 2014.

Strengths:
Tall and with a lean frame, White has ideal size to play receiver in the NFL and projects to be an good red zone target. White is excellent at high-pointing a catch and is aggressive in 50/50 ball situations after working through improving his catch technique in between his 2013 and 2014 seasons.

White has excellent foot quickness and works well to beat press coverage to the inside. White possesses suddenness to stop quickly on hitch routes and has great burst to get vertical quickly. He has shown solid footwork in and out of his his breaks to create separation without breaking stride to catch the ball and create space for additional yardage. White can run and create with some elusiveness and but shows more power to create yards after catch.   To read more of this story, click here

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Jets sign LB Erin Henderson

The Jets have signed linebacker Erin Henderson, the team announced. It was first reported by Dom Cosentino (April 7).

Henderson has been arrested twice for driving under the influence and again in February 2014 for driving while intoxicated. He reportedly has struggled with substance abuse.

Over 64 games in six years for the Minnestoa Vikings, Henderson has 187 tackles, 8.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

He did not play at all in 2014 after the Vikings released him in February 2014.

He told USA Today a year ago that he considers himself “a recovering alcoholic.” He entered an inpatient rehabilitation facility after the second arrest and said three months later that he felt his life being turned around.

“I understand it’s an ongoing battle, a lifelong thing,” he said. “For me, it’s nothing different than when I came to the Vikings as an undrafted free agent. Once I get to a team and get on a roster, I trust myself and believe myself. It’s just a matter of somebody going out on a limb and trusting me.”

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BGA: NFL Draft 2015 – Safeties

Welcome to the 10th instalment of the BGA: 2015 NFL Draft series. As we head to the draft, I’ve been sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In the previous instalment we covered tight ends and fullbacks, but today we move on to the safety position.

After the jump, I’ll be considering whether the Jets have a need at this position and recapping some of the more interesting prospects in this year’s class.

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