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Miami Starter Leads UDFA Class of New York Jets



The majority of the New York Jets’ draft money was used to bolster the offense. New York then focused mostly on defense in the undrafted free agency market.

The Jets announced an eclectic lineup of 17 UDFA signees who will battle for an NFL roster position over the next four months when rookie minicamp gets underway this Friday. Of the seventeen rookies, eleven are defensive players, including two very fascinating possibilities.

Braiden McGregor, an edge rusher from Michigan, and Leonard Taylor III of Miami were two of the four defensive linemen that New York added. While the latter averaged 28 plays per game for the national champion Wolverines, both individuals have Power 5 starting experience.

The Jets bolstered a position group in need of depth players by adding two safeties. Al Blades Jr. of Duke and Jarius Monroe of Tulane will try to emulate the career of Tony Adams, the starting free safety for the Jets right now, who joined the 53-man roster in 2022 as an undrafted free agent.

Although the Jets have two All-Pro starters at the position (Quincy Williams and CJ Mosley), they signed three undrafted linebackers who will likely compete for backup slots behind Jamien Sherwood.

On offense, Miami’s Tyler Harrell and Florida A&M’s Marcus Riley, a small school player, were signed by New York. Xavier Gipson and Jason Brownlee, two UDFA rookie receivers who turned from unknowns to fan favorites throughout the summer, made it onto the 53-man roster only the previous season.

The Jets signed Lincoln Sefcik of South Alabama, a tight end who finished with 62 catches in 34 collegiate games, to satisfy those disgruntled fans of Brock Bowers.