New York Jets news, commentary and insider info from beat writer Kimberley A. Martin.
Jets begin signing UDFAs
**Updating as more names come in...**
(Mon. @ 12:45p)
QB Matt Simms - son of Giants icon Phil - has accepted an invite from Jets to participate in their rookie mini-camp, per The Record (N.J.).
Iowa State DT Stephen Ruempolhamer and Maine RB Pushaun Brown both tweeted the news. However, Brown clarified that he was offered a tryout - not a free agent deal.
(Sun. @ 615 p.m.)
Buffalo nose tackle Richie Smith will attend Jets rookie camp, according to Buffalo TV reporter Paul Peck
(Sun. @ 10:40 a.m.)
The mad scramble for UDFAs continued on Sunday.
Virginia WR Kris Burd tweeted he will attend camp with the Jets, per Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Michael Phillips
The Jets have yet to release official word on their undrafted free agent signees, but several of them have took to Twitter to report the good news.
And one of those players was a quarterback.
Tulsa’s G.J. Kinne (@GJKinne) tweeted late Saturday night “I'm a New York Jet! Thanks for all the support.”
* North Alabama ILB Marcus Dowtin (@MarcusDowtin) tweeted “J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS! Taking his talents to New York-- Marcus Dowtin to sign with NY Jets.” A short time later, he wrote: “#JetsNation I will be working hard to make you proud. That's not a chip on my shoulder, that's a glacier. #TheyDowtinMe”
* Michigan State TE Brian Linthicum (@B_Linthicum88) tweeted: “EXCITED to be a Jet! Lol. #seriouslythough”
* Furman University (Greenville South Carolina) CB Ryan Steed (@TheNobleSteed_1) wrote “ I'm a NY JET baby!!! Didn't start the way I wanted to but God has a plan for me!!!”
* William Penn DT Damon Harrison (@BigDame900) tweeted “It's OFFICIAL IM A NEW YORK JET!!!
* Nevada DE/DT/OLB BRett Roy (@BrettRoy47) posted: “Yes it's true it I am now a NY Jet”
* Agent Peter Schaffer tweeted that Penn State CB D’Anton Lynn -- son of Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn -- and Jackson State OLB Donovan Robinson signed with the team.
* Boston College’s CB/FS Donnie Fletcher also signed, according to Ethan Hammerman, news director for WBRU radio in Providence.
* Utah left tackle John Cullen also is headed to the Jets, per Deseret News reporter Dirk Facer.
* And Montana kicker Brody McKnight signed with the Jets, according to The Missoulian
(Note: As I said before, these signings have not been announced by the team. Keep in mind, some of these players were offered a free agent deal while others were given tryouts. Until the team releases its official list, these names are all unofficial)