FLORHAM PARK: The New York Jets have signed undrafted rookie tight end Matt LaCosse, according to LaCosse's official Twitter account. The Jets later confirmed the signing with a tweet of their own.
"Proud to say that I am the newest member of the New York Jets!" LaCosse tweeted on Monday.
LaCosse, 22, was originally signed out of Illinois by the New York Giants earlier this year. In his four-year collegiate career, LaCosse, who stands 6-6 and weighs 240 pounds, caught 38 passes for 397 yards and six touchdowns. As a senior, he caught 14 passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns in seven games.
Coming out of college, LaCosse was viewed as a player that had a "smooth release from the line" and got "into routes quickly." During his short time with the Giants, LaCosse had impressed and flashed his ability to attack the ball down the middle of the field. That came as no surprise to his collegiate tight end coach Alex Golesh.
"He is as raw potential wise as you can get because he was a high school quarterback," Golesh told SB Nation. "I knew if he could just get into a camp I always knew he would make it. Just because he's the kind of kid that there's going to be very few coaches that are going to want to cut that kid."
It didn't appear the Giants wanted to move on from the project tight end, but had their hands forced. In the team's training camp opener, LaCosse suffered a hamstring injury. The next day, he was waived.
In order to make room for LaCosse, the Jets waived defensive lineman Davon Walls. The Jets now have seven tight ends on the active roster.