The Jets signed two tryout players after rookie minicamp last weekend. One was former Washington State wide receiver Calvin Jackson Jr.
The other was not your typical tryout participant.
New York picked up Derrick Kelly, who turns out to have professional experience under his belt. That should allow Kelly to compete for a depth spot on Gang Green’s offensive line, as a spot or two could be up for grabs depending on how the summer plays out.
Let’s get to know the newest addition to the Jets’ offensive line room now that he is on board.
Familiar with fighting for a spot
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Kelly signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Florida State in 2019. He spent his rookie season on the practice squad, but fought his way up to the 53-man roster in 2020 and appeared in six games with New Orleans.
Reuniting with a former teammate
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Kelly shared a locker room with second-year Jets linebacker Hamsah Nasirildeen during the tail end of his time at Florida State. Nasirildeen was an underclassman with the Seminoles during Kelly’s final two seasons with the program.
Recently a rival
Kelly caught on with the Giants after the Saints released him in October. The 26-year-old spent most of the rest of the season on New York’s practice squad, appearing in just one game.
Racking up experience at Florida State
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Kelly went on to appear in 34 games and make 28 starts at Florida State after redshirting his freshman year. Kelly never earned All-ACC recognition during his time with the program, but was one of the more reliable interior offensive linemen in the conference during his final seasons with the Seminoles.
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