Over the past week the New York Jets continued their first round of OTA's, and also continued to tweak their 90-man roster some by signing two veteran offensive tackles and one undrafted free agent tight end as well. They also were able to sign draftee linebacker Demario Davis, leaving only seventh round selection wide receiver, Jordan White, unsigned.
This past Tuesday the Jets inked Stephon Heyer and Ray Willis, who are both listed six-foot, six-inch offensive tackles, and weigh over 300 pounds each, with Heyer listed at 330. These two tackles were not added so much to compete with Wayne Hunter for the starting right tackle position, but to push third year tackle Vladimir Ducasse to improve. Ducasse could face being cut during training camp or preseason if either Heyer, Willis, or even Austin Howard out plays him.
Stephon Heyer comes to the Jets via the Washington Redskins were he started just over 30 games for four total seasons between 2007 and 2010. After that he played 2011 with the Oakland Raiders starting twice more there. Ray Willis was formerly with the Seattle Seahawks between 2005 and 2010. He started just over 25 games for them, but spent 2010 on their injured reserve list. New Orleans had him on their active roster for two weeks last season. Heyer was assigned number 67, while Willis will wear number 79.
In another move meant to help bolster the run game, the Jets signed undrafted free agent blocking tight end Tarren Lloyd out of Utah State. He is listed as six-foot, seven-inches, 258 pounds and if he makes the roster would give them a player to replace Matthew Mulligan as a pure blocker at either end of the offensive line. When the move was made to sign Lloyd, the Jets cut undrafted free agent offensive lineman John Cullen. Lloyd was assigned number 43 for now, which is also being worn by linebacker/defensive end Donovan Robinson.
Lastly, the Jets went into the past week with two unsigned draftees and cut that number in half when linebacker Demario Davis inked his four year rookie contract. Jordan White, who was selected in the seventh round and wound up having surgery on his broken foot is the only unsigned draft choice. He will be out until some time in July or August so he will be behind in practicing with the team until then.
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