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Jets Sign 17 Undrafted Free Agents

Green & White Add Miami DL Leonard Taylor III, Michigan EDGE Braiden McGregor Among Others

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In addition to their seven-player draft class, the Jets have signed 17 undrafted free agents. Below is information on each of them.

CB Shemar Bartholomew (6-0, 200), Georgia Southern
Bartholomew began his career at Northwestern State where he played four seasons before redshirting in 2022 and transferring to Georgia Southern for his sixth season. In 2023 with Eagles, Bartholomew broke out being named second-team All-Sun Belt Conference. He played in 13 games, starting five, and had 38 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 14 pass defenses and an interception. In 2021, his final year with NW State, he started nine games and had 29 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble and recovery.

S Al Blades Jr. (6-1, 195), Duke
Blades played four seasons at Miami before transferring to Duke where led the team with 10 pass defenses. He also had 47 tackles in 11 games. Blades, from Fort Lauderdale, played in 61 career games and made 26 starts. He totaled 140 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 4 INT and 24 PDs on 2,895 snaps. Blades has football lineage. His father, Al Blades Sr., played at Miami and signed with the 49ers after he was undrafted. Blades Jr.'s uncle, Brian, played 11 seasons for the Seahawks after they drafted him in the second round in 1988 out of Miami.

LB Jimmy Ciarlo (6-0, 229), Army
Ciarlo was one of four team captains for the Black Knights last season and totaled 58 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. He started 12 games at outside 'backer in the 2022 season and had 55 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 PDs and a fumble recovery. Ciarlo, a Ringwood, NJ native, put up 34 reps on the bench press at his pro day, which would have been tied for second most of NFL Combine participants.

WR Tyler Harrell (6-0, 193), Miami
Harrell, a sixth-year senior, played the 2023 season at Miami where he totaled 4 receptions for 45 yards. He began his college career at Louisville with his best year in 2021 where he totaled 18 catches, 523 yards and 6 touchdowns. He spent the 2022 season at Alabama and missed nine games with a foot injury. Harrell, a Miami native, won the 2018 state title in the 200 meters (20.83 seconds).

QB Peewee Jarrett (6-2, 221), West Florida
Jarrett threw for 2,989 yards, 32 touchdowns and 7 interceptions while completing 59% of his passes last season. He also ran for 372 yards and 3 touchdowns. He's the first UWF player to have over 5,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards. Jarrett played two seasons at Iowa Central Community College where he was named the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2021.

LB Tre Jenkins (5-11, 213), San Jose State
Jenkins spent six seasons with the Spartans playing primarily safety for four seasons before transitioning to a more general defensive back position the last two years. A native of Stockton, California, Jenkins was a starter for the last four seasons and racked up 4 interceptions, 8 sacks and 199 tackles. He was named an All-Mountain West Honorable Mention in 2021, '22 and '23 and a Campbell Trophy award finalist in 2022 and '23 for players with the best combo of academics, community service and on-field performance. The plan will be for Jenkins to make the transition to linebacker with Jets.

EDGE Tyreek Johnson (6-4, 283), South Carolina
Despite battling injuries throughout his college career, Johnson appeared in 26 games over six seasons for the Gamecocks and totaled 29 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Johnson played in just two games over his first three seasons but battled back to start 23 games over the last two years. Johnson's frame and physical ability make him intriguing prospect. His final year in Columbia, Johnson racked up 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and received the Gamecock Toughness Award for the toughest player on defense.

CB Myles Jones (6-3, 190), Duke
Jones played four seasons at Texas A&M and was a three-time SEC academic honor roll selection before his graduate season at Duke. He played in four games last season for the Blue Devils and registered 2 interceptions, 4 pass defenses and 1 forced fumble in four games. Jones totaled 131 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 6 INT, 31 PDs for the Aggies and took 2,324 snaps between both schools.

OL Brady Latham (6-5, 305), Arkansas
Latham was a four-year starter for the Razorbacks and started 46 of his 47 games at left guard (97.2 of his 3,264 snaps). He started 1 game at right tackle (2023). A team captain last season, Latham was a baseball and football athlete in high school, but followed his father's footsteps and chose to play football. Latham's Father, Bob Jr., was an All-Conference center at Oklahoma from 1984-'88.

EDGE Braiden McGregor (6-5, 254), Michigan
McGregor was a one-year starter for the national champion Wolverines and had 26 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble last season. The No. 1 recruit in Michigan's 2020 class, he averaged 27.7 snaps per game in the '23 season and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten. McGregor, a former hockey player, took 157 career snaps for Michigan on special teams.

S Jarius Monroe (6-0, 201), Tulane
Monroe began his career as a cornerback at Nicholls State where he played for three seasons before transferring to Tulane in 2022. He recorded 29 pass defenses during his time with the Colonels and earned a First-Team All-Southland selection in 2021. With the Green Wave, Monroe started 19 of 26 games he played in and accounted for 22 pass defenses, 6 interceptions and was named First-Team All-AAC both seasons. He went on to attend the East-West Shrine Bowl in 2024, where he was named Defensive MVP. The Jets plan to transition Monroe to safety.

WR Marcus Riley (5-10, 174), Florida A&M
Riley, a Tallahassee native, earned second-team All-SWAC honors last season after totaling 34 receptions for 584 yards and five touchdowns in his first and only season with Florida A&M. In addition, Riley returned the season-opening kickoff for a 96-yard touchdown. Riley began his college career with Louisville in 2019 where he spent one season and appeared in six games before transferring to Bethune-Cookman for two seasons (2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19).

TE Lincoln Sefcik (6-2, 238), South Alabama
A native of Stillwater, Okla., Sefcik (6-3, 235) played three seasons for Jaguars after transferring from junior college Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. In 34 games he totaled 62 receptions for 494 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns. In 2021 he caught 32 passes for 218 yards and five touchdowns and was named third-team All-Sun Belt Conference. Sefcik's 2023 season was cut short by injuries, and he recorded just 17 receptions for 165 yards and 1 touchdown.

LB Jackson Sirmon (6-2, 232), Cal
Sirmon played in 51 games (34 starts) over his six college seasons – four at Washington and two at Cal. He was named first-team All-Pac 12 in 2022 as he led the team with 104 tackles to go along with career-highs in tackles for loss (6), sacks (3.5) and pass defenses (4). Sirmon, a team captain in '23, totaled 49 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack and 2 PD before sustaining a season-ending injury in October.

DL Leonard Taylor III (6-3, 303), Miami
Taylor played three seasons for the Hurricanes and spent two as full-time starter. During his career, he played in 31 games (19 starts) and recorded 6 sacks, 23.5 tackles for loss and 61 total tackles. He led his team in TFLs in 2022 with 10.5 and was named an All-ACC Honorable Mention. In his final season, he showed flashes of a dominant interior lineman with 3.5 racks for loss but missed the final two games of the season due to knee injury. A former five-star, Taylor has an 80-inch wingspan and ran a 5.1 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. A native of Miami, this will be his first time playing away from home.

OL Willie Tyler (6-6, 310), Louisville
Tyler played five seasons of college football for five different schools – Iowa Western Community College in 2019, Texas in '20, Louisiana-Monroe in '21, Rutgers in '22 and Louisville in '23. Originally a defensive lineman coming out of high school, his freshman year at IWCC he made the switch to O-Line. He saw no game action with the Longhorns before transferring to Louisiana-Monroe where he started nine games at left tackle. After starting nine games for Rutgers in 2022, last fall, he started all 14 games for the Cardinals at left tackle and allowed seven sacks, one QB hit and 18 quarterback hurries over 476 pass block snaps according to Pro Football Focus.

DL Eric Watts (6-5, 274), UConn
Watts spent five years with the Huskies but played only four years of football after the 2020 season was cancelled because of the pandemic. A three-year starter, Watts led UConn in sacks (7) and tackles for loss (10) in 2022 and forced fumbles (2) in 2023. In addition, over his last two seasons, Watts blocked two field goals and punt. He finished his career with 9.5 sacks, 23 tackles for loss, 152 total tackles and accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.