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Long Island's Stephen Bowen signs with Jets

Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen during the

Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen during the second half of a game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. Credit: AP

The Jets now have another Hofstra representative on their roster.

On Tuesday, the team signed Long Island native and former Redskins defensive lineman Stephen Bowen, a former college teammate of Jets guard Willie Colon's.

"As a kid you always dream of playing for the home team. Feels good to be a NY Jet. #GangGreen," Bowen, who grew up in Dix Hills and graduated from Half Hollow Hills West, wrote on Instagram.

Bowen went undrafted in 2006, the same year the Steelers selected Colon in the fourth round, and later signed a free-agent deal with the Cowboys. Bowen spent five seasons in Dallas -- where Jets coach Todd Bowles was the secondary coach from 2005-07 -- before signing with the Redskins in 2011.

He spent the beginning of the 2014 season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list because of a knee injury he suffered in Week 11 of the 2013 season. He made his season debut in Week 7 and started three games for the Redskins before his release on Feb. 27. He has 12.5 sacks, 168 tackles and nine passes defended in 113 career games.

With their secondary all but set, the Jets have turned their focus in recent days to adding depth to their offensive and defensive lines. Last week, they signed former Giants offensive lineman James Brewer, who has experience playing at both guard and tackle, and they added former Lions offensive tackle Corey Hilliard on Tuesday. A sixth-round pick of the Patriots in 2007, Hilliard played for the Colts and the Lions from 2009 to 2014. The seven-year veteran suffered a Lisfranc injury in the Lions' season opener last year and missed the rest of the season.

The Jets also officially announced the signing of defensive line Kevin Vickerson.

Notes & quotes: Former Giants LB Spencer Paysinger visited the Jets on Tuesday, as did TE Kellen Davis and LB and special-teamer Jason Trusnik, who played for the Jets from 2007-09.


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