Jets get all draft picks signed

The Jets announced today that all of their 2003 draft picked have signed contracts and will report for training camp.<BR><BR>

First round draft choice defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson, second rounder linebacker Victor Hobson, fullback B.J. Askew,their third round selection, fifth round defensive lineman Matt Walters andsixth round selection quarterback Brooks Bollinger signed today, joining safety Derek Pagel and guard Dave Yovanovits who signed last week.

"It's important for Dewayne and our 2003 draft class to be in camp becauseit gives them the opportunity to contribute from the start," GM Terry Bradway said.

"We moved up in the draft to reinforce our defense, especially in the areas of stopping the run and the pass rush. We're expecting Dewayne to contribute significantly in both of those areas."

"When you can build your defense in the middle, which is how most good defenses are built, you enhance your defense," Head Coach Herman Edwards said. "The guy is a unique player, very unique. He is very active and disruptive guy. He stays on his feet and chases the quarterback. He does all the things you ask a guy at that position to do. When you can get a guy like this it helps everyone on your defense. He is a guy we expect to come in here and help us on defense."

"It will be a great experience. I've never been to a big city like this. I think it will be a great opportunity for me to come in and be a part of this program," Robertson said.

Other Notes:

Offensive lineman Lui Fuata, who had been signed on Friday, was waived following a failed physical.

The signings of the draft class mark the sixth consecutive season that the Jets have entered training camp with all of their players under contract. The 87 players on the Club's roster will begin practice this week, with the first practice set for Monday, July 21 at 8:30 a.m.

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