The Jets signed two of the players who were trying out during rookie minicamp over the weekend: wide receiver Calvin Jackson and offensive lineman Derrick Kelly.
Robert Saleh said on Saturday that “four or five guys really, really stood out” and would be in the discussions to be on the 90-man training camp roster. Two of them were Jackson and Kelly.
The Jets subsequently waived tight end Brandon Dillon and receiver D.J. Montgomery.
The 5-8, 193-pound Jackson attended Independence Community College, where he played with Jets first-round pick Jermaine Johnson.
Jackson transferred to Washington State and caught 104 passes for 1,403 yards and 10 touchdowns in four seasons. Last year, Jackson had 66 grabs for 987 yards and seven scores.
He was reportedly scheduled to attend the Dolphins' rookie camp this week, but the Jets didn’t want him to go. Jackson is the son of former Dolphins defensive back Calvin Jackson Sr.
Kelly, who is 6-5, 320 pounds, went undrafted out of Florida State in 2019. He appeared in six games for the New Orleans Saints in 2020. Kelly was a member of the Giants' practice team last year and played in one game.