With the draft just over two weeks away the Jets are still adding depth to their roster with free-agent signings. After signing linebackers Erin Henderson and Jamari Lattimore the Jets latest addition to their linebacker group is Joe Mays.
Mays was drafted, out of North Dakota State, in the sixth-round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Mays was with the Eagles for two seasons before being traded to the Denver Broncos, where he spent three seasons, for running back J.J. Arrington. After being released by the Broncos Mays spent the 2013 season with the Houston Texans before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs as an unrestricted free-agent for the 2014 season.
Mays missed the first half of the 2014 season after he injured his wrist in the final preseason game. Mays returned to play the last eight games of the season before the Chiefs released him earlier this offseason.
Mays will provide depth within the linebacking unit and can also contribute on special teams. This move is just the latest addition with depth in mind. New GM Mike Maccagnan kicked free agency off by upgrading the starting positions in the secondary then quickly shifted his focus to adding depth on the defensive and offensive lines and now the linebackers.
Mays, Henderson and Lattimore now join David Harris, DeMario Davis, Jason Babin, Calvin Pace, I.K. Enemkpali, Trevor Reilly, Chris Young and maybe Quinton Coples (if Todd Bowles decides to play him at some linebacker and not just move him back to the defensive line) to make up the Jets linebacker group.
It seems unlikely that all 11 of those players would make the Week One roster, especially if the Jets add another name to this group through the draft, but the bottom of the roster guys will get the chance to compete and prove they belong throughout training camp and preseason.