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Rookie free agents signed

April 30th, 2004
The Jets officially announced the signing of 14 rookie free agents to start minicamp today. The Jets officially announced the signing of 14 rookie free agents to start minicamp today.

CB Roderick “Rod” Bryant (Idaho)
Bryant (6-1, 190) was a two-year starter for the Idaho Vandals at right cornerback and completed his career with 91 tackles and four interceptions. The native of Fort Washington, Maryland began his collegiate career at West Hills College (CA) before transferring to Idaho. While at Idaho, Bryant also returned kicks and punts as a senior, averaging nearly 22 yards per kickoff return and 6.6 yards per punt return.

TE Michael Carter (Chapman University)
Carter (6-2, 251) is a Long Beach, CA native and was a two-way standout on both offense and defense for the Panthers. Carter finished his collegiate career with 121 carries for 697 yards (5.8 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns, nine catches for 146 yards (16.2 yards per catch) and one touchdown, and was a two-time team captain. He began his career at Fresno State before transferring to Cerritos CC and then to Chapman.

RB Josh Davis (Nebraska)
Davis (5-10, 200) is Nebraska’s and the Big 12’s all-time record-holder with 2,265 yards on kickoff returns, and he took over the starting I-Back duties in 2003, and gained 826 yards on 172 carries (4.8 avg.). He is the son of former Cornhusker and Cincinnati Bengals’ running back Tony Davis. During his four-year career for the Cornhuskers he gained 3,427 all-purpose yards, trailing only Calvin Jones, Eric Couch, Ahman Green, Mike Rozier and Johnny Rodgers in school annals.

TE John Paul Foschi (Georgia Tech)
Foschi (6-4, 268) is a Glen Head, NY native and graduated from nearby Chaminade High School in Mineola. With the Rambling Wreck, he was used in a variety of roles, including tight end and short yardage fullback. He played in 44 games, with 21 starts, and recorded 39

WR Carl Kearney(Georgia Southern)
Kearney (6-1, 205) played a key role in the team's 30-9 record and helped guide GSU to a pair of Southern Conference titles and NCAA Division I-AA National Semi-final appearances. He also assisted the Eagle program to two NCAA I-AA National Championships as a member of the scout team in 1999 and 2000. Georgia Southern runs a triple-option offensive attack and rarely throws the ball, as evidenced by their 10.5 pass attempt average per game (115 attempts in 11 games in 2003). Kearney finished his collegiate career with 22 pass receptions for 457 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

DT Kory Klein (Oklahoma)
Klein (6-2, 290) was a three-year starter at defensive end for one of the most successful college programs over the past four seasons. He played in 52 career games for the Sooners, with 106 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss for -57 yards, nine sacks for -32 yards, and an interception. Klein was a teammate of Jets’ 2004 third round draft choice, cornerback Derrick Strait.

WR Derrick Lee (Tennessee Tech University)
Lee, (6-5, 218) led Tech last season with 38 catches for 383 yards and three touchdowns, giving him 129 total catches for 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns. A native of College Park, Ga., Lee came to Tech in 2000 after playing quarterback at Woodward Academy. He moved to wide receiver and finished his four-year career as one of the most successful receivers in Tech history. He set the career records for most touchdown catches in a season and career, and climbed to third in both career receptions and career receiving yards.

G Jason Nerys (Delaware)
Nerys (6-4, 295) is a guard from Waldwick, NJ (Don Bosco Prep), and served as one of Delaware's co-captains in 2003 on their march to the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship. Nerys was a consensus All-American, being named First Team All-American by the Associated Press, The Sports Network, and CSTV while also earning CoSIDA/Verizon District II All-Academic notice.

WR Terrance Stubbs (Temple University)
Stubbs (6-0, 195) played in 33 career games (16 starts) for the Owls from 1999-2003 and caught 65 passes for 893 yards and two touchdowns. He played in the first five games in 2003, making four starts at slot receiver, before sustaining a shoulder injury at Middle Tennessee State and being sidelined for the remainder of the campaign. With Stubbs in the lineup, Temple averaged 286.6 passing yards per game. After his injury, the Owls’ passing production dropped to 180.6 yards per contest over the final seven games.

G Gerald Sykes (San Diego State)
Sykes (6-2, 310) was a two-year starter for the Aztecs at right guard, after transferring to SDSU after two seasons at Palomar Junior College (CA). Sykes was a key member of the high-flying Aztec offense. He began his collegiate career at Utah State before transferring to Palomar. Sykes prepped at Kearny High School in San Diego County in his native San Diego.

CB Art Thomas (Virginia)
Thomas (6-2, 205) is a versatile athlete who was recruited as a halfback, performing at cornerback during his first three years before shifting to wide receiver as a senior. During his time with the Cavaliers, Thomas played in 49 career games and is the only player in school history to score a touchdown on a reception, interception and fumble return. He recorded 84 tackles with a stop behind the line of scrimmage, three fumble recoveries, returning one run 92 yards for a touchdown, a 42-yard interception return for a score, 11 passes defensed, 14 receptions for 203 yards and a touchdown and 397 yards on 23 kickoff returns.

S Jarrell Weaver (Miami)
Weaver (6-3, 217) was a collegiate linebacker for the Miami Hurricanes, serving as a top special teams player and back-up strong side linebacker during his undergraduate career. Weaver earned the distinction as the fastest Miami player in the 40-yard dash in 2003, posting a blazing 4.26 effort. Was the Miami special teams player of the year in 2003 and registered 65 career tackles on defense, five-and-a-half tackles for losses and a sack.

OL Brandon Westbrook (Middle Tennessee State)
Westbrook (6-5, 320) is a three-time first-team all-Sun Belt selection, started in 43 of the 44 games he played at Middle Tennessee State. During his career, Westbrook put together 13 double-digit knockdown games while seeing time at left tackle and nine games at center.

OL Sean Young (University of Tennessee)
Young (6-7, 317) is a four-year letterman for the Volunteers and a two-yard starter. In 2003 he played right tackle, starting all 12 games after playing primarily at left guard during his junior season. He broke into the collegiate ranks as a back-up guard and tackle and was coached in 2001 by Jets’ offensive line coach Doug Marrone. Young was a first-team USA Today All-America selection as a senior at Northwest High School in Georgia.

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