Piece by piece, or person by person, new general manager Mike Maccagnan continues to reshape the Jets personnel department. The latest move was the hiring of Brian Heimerdinger as the new director of player personnel.

Heimerdinger comes from a football family, his dad is Mike Heimerdinger who worked as an assistant coach in the NFL for 16 years. Jets fans will recognize the name when poppa Heimerdinger served as the Jets offensive coordinator in 2005.

Heimerdinger worked as a scouting intern with the Houston Texans, where he met Maccagnan, and also worked with the Tennessee Titans before spending the past three years as a player personnel analyst with the St. Louis Rams.

With the Rams Heimerdinger evaluated both pro and college players. As always there’s no way for us to know who Heimerdinger recommended as players for his general manager to draft but the Rams have had extremely good drafts of the past few years and they are stocked with a lot of high quality young talent.

Unless Heimerdinger was overruled at almost every suggestion it would appear the Jets got themselves an excellent identifier of talent to lean on to reshape this roster into a contender. Heimerdinger is just 28-years-old so the Jets clearly hope he is a star on the rise.

According to multiple reports the Jets are also expected to hire the Chicago Bears national scout, Rex Hogan, as the director of college scouting. The official announcement on that move is expected within the next few days.

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