Ever since Cameron Wake came over from the CFL to become and turned into a star pass rusher in the NFL it made sure every other pass rusher that made the transition from the CFL to the NFL would be welcomed with the same question, can this guy be the next Cameron Wake? And it will forever be that way until someone can finally answer that question with an emphatic yes. The Jets hoped they found that guy and that the question will change to who will be the next Freddie Bishop III?
The deal had been reported awhile ago but the Jets just officially announced they have signed him to a reserve/future contract today.
Bishop is a 25-year-old edge rusher who played college football at Western Michigan before signing with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent after the '13 draft. But Bishop's stay in Detriot didn't last long as he was cut before training camp started leaving him to turn to Canada. Bishop was signed to the Calgary Stampeders practice squad in '13 and racked up 60 tackles, 14 sacks and a forced fumble over the '14 and '15 seasons with 11 of those sacks coming this past season.
At 6'4" 265 Bishop has the size to play as an edge rusher in the NFL and the Jets just have to hope he learned enough about the art of pass rushing and how to best use that big frame to get to the quarterback. It's asking a lot to expect Bishop to be the next Cameron Wake, so don't do it, but with the Jets still in desperate need for pass rushers there's nothing wrong with fans hoping he can simply be a good pass rusher.
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