While it was a savvy move by general manager Joe Douglas, it didn’t completely fill the void on that side of the ball.
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Jets Kick the Tires on an Ex-First Rounder
The Jets brass apparently isn’t satisfied with just one move at edge rusher. On Monday afternoon, August 30, they worked out former No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan, according to ESPN NFL insider Field Yates.
Jordan was supposed to be the future of the NFL at 6-foot-6, 248 pounds coming out of Oregon. He wasn’t a traditional defensive end or linebacker; instead, Jordan was a former tight end that brought a lot of unique gifts to the field.
He had it all, from athleticism to lankiness to incredible versatility.
Unfortunately, all of those amazing traits didn’t translate to the football field. Jordan only lasted four seasons in Miami and only got to play in two of them because of a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
During that span, he registered a grand total of three sacks.
Jordan eventually landed with the Seattle Seahawks and was impressive, notching four sacks in five games back in 2017. He wasn’t able to build on that momentum because of knee surgery and another suspension from the league.
When Jordan signed with the then Oakland Raiders he had to serve the rest of his NFL suspension. Although there was a finally a breakthrough this past season when he joined the San Francisco 49ers.
In 2020 Jordan spent time with current Jets head coach Robert Saleh.
He notched three sacks, a forced fumble, and played in the most games he had since his rookie year back in 2013.
While he never lived up to the hype as the third overall pick, Jordan has found success as a situational pass rusher. It’s no coincidence that Saleh was able to get the most out of him.
What Does Gang Green Have to Lose?
This would be another low-risk vs. high-reward kind of move.
At this point, the Jets have nothing to lose. Desperate times call for desperate measures. They have lost so much star power and depth that they have to bring in warm bodies to fill vacancies on the roster.
Saleh knows the player and obviously he has a history with the scheme.
A lot of bodies are going to be coming through and that’s great because it keeps everyone fresh. The potential signing of Jordan may get some eye rolls on social, but this is a high upside play.