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Jets Sign OLB John Daka to Future/Reserve Contract

NCAA Football: James Madison at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

This probably isn’t the news you’re waiting for this morning. If you’re anything like me you’ve been keeping a close eye on your notifications to see if the Jets were ready to make an announcement on their new head coach after bringing 49’ers DC Robert Saleh to the facility for a second interview.

However, the Jets did make a small announcement last night, confirming that they had signed John Daka to a reserve/futures contract.

Daka played his college football at James Madison and finished his 4-year career with 27.5 sacks and 47.5 tackles for a loss. He saved his best for last finishing the 2019 season with 16.5 sacks and 28 tackles for a loss in 16 games.

When the Baltimore Ravens signed him as a UDFA, he became the first player of Zambian descent to make it to the NFL.

Listed at 6’3 and 227lb’s, he spent the majority of the year on the practice squad. I’d by lying if I said I’d seen a huge amount of Daka, but I did go and look at a few videos after this new filtered through. Looks to have a good first step, good closing speed and plenty of agility.

I’m always in favour of bringing in good athletes when the opportunity presents itself. Doesn’t mean anything will come of this signing, but you can see him getting a look in training camp as a situational pass-rush specialist.