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NY Jets Sign Jamari Lattimore

The former backup inside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers is now a Jet.

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The NY Jets have added depth to their inside linebackers with the addition of former Green Bay Packer Jamari Lattimore.  Lattimore is a 26 year old, 6' 2", 232 pound inside linebacker with 4.71 40 speed.  He went undrafted out of Middle Tennessee State and was originally signed by the Packers in 2011.  Lattimore played little his first two years in the league, then worked his way into significantly increased playing time in 2013 and 2014, getting nine starts over the last two years.  In 2013 and 2014 Lattimore played in 26 games and started nine, with 46 tackles, 26 assists, two sacks, two passes defended and one forced fumble.  The terms of the deal are as yet undisclosed.

It's likely Lattimore will be the first inside linebacker off the bench for the Jets, as well as replace Nick Bellore as a special teams ace.  Lattimore helps to shore up an extremely thin position for the Jets.  This continues a trend under new GM Mike Maccagnan of adding proven NFL talent as depth.  The woeful depth players the Jets have carried the last few years are being put on notice: step up or be replaced by guys who have done it at this level.