Greg Dortch
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New York Jets rookie wide receiver Greg Dortch receives his on-the-field/off-the-field motivation in a unique way.

The New York Jets signed undrafted free agent wide receiver Greg Dortch this offseason. He previously played ball at Wake Forest University.

Working in with a receiving core that includes Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, and Jamison Crowder, it’ll be tough for Dortch to make the final 53-man roster. And even if he does, it’ll still be tough to get any playing time. However, Dortch stays motivated, and he does it by looking at his bracelets.

One of these bracelets reads “PROVE THEM WRONG” while the other reads “I CAN. I WILL.”

These phrases help Dortch in multiple walks of life more than people may think.

“It reminds me to keep a chip on my shoulder,” Dortch said, per Rich Cimini of ESPN. “Undersized kid. Not heavily recruited coming out of high school. Didn’t get drafted. So big chip on my shoulder. I’m ready to shock the world and to prove to everybody what I’ve got.”

Dortch punctured his small intestine during an October game in 2017 against Louisville. The injury sidelined him for the rest of the year and ended up becoming more serious than people originally thought.

He returned to the field during the 2018 season. Dortch ultimately finished with 89 catches for 1,098 yards and eight touchdowns. He declared for the draft, didn’t get selected, and now will try to make a Jets roster that already has a promising receiving core.

Dortch will ultimately be one of the players to keep an eye on during the preseason.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.