WATFORD ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Hayden Smith of Saracens is tackled by Vincent Debaty (L) and Lionel Faure (R) of ASM Clermont Auvergne during the Heineken Cup sixth round match between Saracens and ASM Clermont Auvergne at Vicarage Road on January 21 2011 in Watford England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
There are reports from Jake Steinberg that the Jets have worked out Hayden Smith, a rugby player, as a tight end. Smith is 6'7", 240 pounds, which would make him the second tallest player on the team after 6'8" Ropati Pitoitua. Smith was first noticed, before rugby, as a basketball player.
There isn't a lot of information on Smith or this workout, but I do like the concept. People have been clamoring for a physical, size mismatching player ala Rob Gronkowski. Smith's an athlete and a physical freak at that. It also raises an important question on what the Jets are planning on doing with Dustin Keller. They already have two pass-catching, blocking-deficient TEs. The problems with Matt Mulligan are well documented. It seems unlikely they would keep looking at these pass-catching TEs (like they were at the Senior Bowl) unless they were planning to dump one of the main two. Then again, they may just be doing their due diligence and have no intention of dumping Keller.
In any case, let us know what you think in the comments below.