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5 players offered tryout with Jets

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Yesterday the Jets announced the signing of 12 undrafted free agents, but they also currently have five players who are trying out with the team.

Daniel Crawford - TE

Crawford played his college football at Northern Illinois where he caught 65 passes for 691 yards and 3 touchdowns over 4 seasons. His most productive season came in 2019 where he brought in 37 passes for 443 yards and 2 touchdowns. He's on the smaller side for a TE and is listed as a TE/H-Back, so the Jets could potentially be looking at him in that role. With the likes of Herndon on the roster and with Kenny Yeboah having signed as a UDFA, it may be a struggle to gain a contract as a traditional TE.

Trevor Davis - WR

Davis had a relatively production college career at Hawai and then California. He finished his college career after the 2015 season with 109 receptions, 1,672 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also returned kicks and punts while with Cal and even returned two kicks for touchdowns back in 2014. He was drafted in the 5th round by the Green Bay Packers in 2016 and spent the last 3 years mainly returning punts and kicks. He does have 16 receptions and 2 touchdowns to his name, but he always struggled to break into that wide receiver rotation. Just before the 2019 season he was traded to the Raiders for a 6th round pick. He rushed for a 60 yard TD in his debut for Oakland but was later waived, he then bounced between Miami, Chicago and Washington before landing a tryout with the Jets. He has good speed and tested well, but there's probably a reason he hasn't stuck lately.

Mustafa Johnson - DT

Johnson is the most interesting name on this list for me. He spent 3 years at Colorado and was largely productive in the Pac-12. He finished his college career with 15 sacks, 26 tackles for a loss and 100 total tackles in 26 games. I'm surprised he didn't receive a UDFA offer based off his first season alone where he recorded 15.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. He's a good candidate for a 3-4 defensive end position or 4-3 defensive tackle. He has some good moves and plays with good leverage, and he has some nice burst off the snap. He doesn't have a great deal of size or power though and he may struggle to establish himself here considering the strength of the defensive line unit. However, I'd be surprised if he didn't at least make a practice squad somewhere in the league.

Steven Mitchell - WR

Mitchel played four years of college football at USC and he did see plenty of action which shows he was highly thought of in California. He finished his career with 109 receptions for 1287 yards and 11 touchdowns. He's a smaller receiver at 5'10 and 185lbs but most believe had he not suffered multiple knee injuries at USC he would have been able to kick on. As it were he went undrafted in 2018 and although he had a brief pitstop with the LA Rams, he's spent the last 3 years with Houston, being waived, added to the practice squad and waived again. He hasn't been able to establish himself in Houston with only 2 career receptions to his name, so he'll be hoping to make an impression on Joe Douglas, Robert Saleh and the Jets.

Damion Willis - WR

Finally, we come to Damion Willis, a big-bodied receiver at 6'3 and 205lbs. He started his college career at East Mississippi community college before attending Troy. In his final year at community college, he led the team with 620 receiving yards while also putting up 6 touchdowns. In the New Orleans Bowl, he caught a bowl record 11 passes for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns against North Texas. As a senior he put up some great numbers, catching 56 passes for 876 yards and 10 touchdowns on his way to being named first-team All Sun-Belt. Despite the numbers, he was undrafted in 2019 before catching on with the Bengals. He made 9 catches for 82 yards in his rookie season before being claimed by the Browns but was waived quickly after failing his physical. He then caught on with Jacksonville in 2020 but spent the year on the practice squad.