New York Jets Gang Green Daily, 5/8/17: Rookie Minicamp, Ben Braden Inked
Nov 29, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Ben Braden (71) during the first half versus the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 42-28. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Maccagnan and the New York Jets inked an undrafted rookie free agent named Ben Braden who could wind up rewarding the team big time.

New Blood

One of the questions some of the old-school football New York Jets fans had for Mike Maccagnan after the 2017 NFL Draft ended was forthright and obvious. 

Where are the offensive linemen?

The Jets drafted a total number of zero offensive linemen in the draft, hardly a fantastic number for a team whose trenches on the offensive side of the ball underwhelm down after down. Nine new rookies joined the Jets. None were of the big heavy variety from an offensive standpoint.

Mikey Mac has made sure to remedy this during the all-important UDFA portion of the draft process.

Shortly after the draft ended, Javarious Leamon out of South Carolina was snagged. Now, this past weekend, Michigan’s Ben Braden has decided to don the green and white. In fact, two offensive linemen were signed after their tryout during the Jets rookie minicamp. The other name is Nicholls State OL Chris Bordelon.

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Braden, especially, is a tremendous low risk, high reward signing. He grew up wanting to play goalie for the Detroit Red Wings, but now has the position of “guard” next to his name in NFL circles. He’s a kid who, by all accounts, has tremendous will, but lacks athleticism.

Bordelon, on the other hand, fits New York’s needs more. At Nicholls State, he was named an All-Southland Conference honorable mention in 2014 as a left tackle.

Rookie Minicamp

Rookie minicamp has come which allowed everybody to get their first glance at the rookies, namely Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.

ESNY’s Paul Esden Jr. writes how this minicamp brings hope.

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