Jets Sign Eight Undrafted Free Agents

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In addition to their nine-member draft class, the Jets have signed eight undrafted free agents who will work with the club at this weekend's rookie minicamp at the team's Atlantic Health Training Center.

LB Austin Calitro, Villanova (6'0", 245)A tri-captain for 'Nova in 2016, Calitro tied for the team lead with 86 total tackles and he ranked second on the defense with 12 tackles for loss. After a redshirt season in 2012, Calitro appeared in 47 contests for 'Nova while racking up 8.5 sacks and 26 tackles for loss.

CB Xavier Coleman, Portland State (5'11", 190)Born with a serious heart condition, Coleman was told in 2009 that he would never play football again. But following a successful nine-hour open-heart surgery, Coleman was a multi-sport star at Jesuit HS (Portland, OR) and he earned a football scholarship to Portland State, where he would go on to earn All-Big Sky Conference honors three times during his career. In March, Coleman ran the 40 in 4.51 and 4.50 seconds in addition to a 40-inch vertical and 10-5 broad jump. He had a career-high five picks in 2015 and amassed nine interceptions in 45 career contests.

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WR-KR Brisly Estime, Syracuse (5'9", 183)A prolific return man, Estime is the ACC record-holder with a career average of 18 yards per punt return. He led the FBS last season as a senior with an average of 17.7 yards per return. Emerging as a receiver while mostly lining up inside in 2016, Estime's 48 receptions, 518 receiving yards and 3 TD catches were all career highs. A native of Haiti, Estime was a child and family studies major at Syracuse.

FB-TE Anthony Firkser, Harvard (6'3", 220)Firkser is looking to follow in the footsteps of a trio of Harvard products* *— Kyle Juszczyk (San Francisco 49ers), Cameron Brate (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Ben Braunecker (Chicago Bears) — who play tight end or fullback on Sundays. Listed as a HB at Harvard, Firkser finished his career tied for sixth in Harvard annals with 14 touchdowns, eighth with 1,559 receiving yards and 11th with 99 catches. The Manalapan High School (N.J.) graduate, who studied applied mathematics, posted a 4.79-second time in the 40-yard dash and benched 21 reps of 225 pounds.

DE Patrick Gamble, Georgia Tech (6'5", 277)Making 27 starts for the Yellow Jackets, Gamble played both DE and DT. His 7.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss paced Georgia Tech last season and earned him honorable mention All-ACC recognition.*Playing through a shoulder injury in 2016, Gamble's 54 tackles led all Tech defensive linemen. *He graduated in May  with a bachelor's degree in literature, media and communication.

LB Connor Harris, Lindenwood (6'0", 235)A three-time All American, Harris was the Division II National Player of the Year in 2016 and the Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2015. Harris is the NCAA's All-Division record holder with 633 tackles as he averaged 13-plus stops a game.

Harris also participated on offense and special teams, stuffing the Lions' stat sheet. He had seven career rush touchdowns as a wildcat quarterback and averaged 37.3 yards per punt, connected on 12 PATs last season.

T Javarius Leamon, South Carolina State (6'7", 332)After not selecting an offensive lineman with any of their nine selections, the Jets agreed to terms with the intriguing Leamon. He started all 11 games last season, recording 14 knockdown blocks along the way. Originally a Clemson signee, Leamon appeared in 36 games for the Bulldogs and was an FCS (I-AA) All-American last season. Jets great Shaun Ellis, a family friend of Leamon, once told a young Leamon that the Green & White would have a spot ready for him when he was ready.

WR Gabe Marks, Washington State (6'0", 190)The most productive wideout in Washington State history, Marks established Cougar records with 316 receptions, 37 TD catches and 3,453 receiving yards. Those stats also rank first, second and seventh respectively in Pac-12 history.

"I'm always surprised who's drafted and who's not because I've found the draft over the years to be very random," said Washington State head coach Mike Leach on a Pac-12 coaches conference call with reporters. "I think a lot of times guys are selected based on measurables and not how good of a player they are, and Gabe doesn't measure up on some of the measurables, but he's a better player than some others."

Last season, Marks was second in the Pac-12 with 89 receptions and 13 receiving touchdowns.

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