Jets sign Blaylock and Legree

The New York Jets announced today the signing of RB Derrick Blaylock and DL Lance Legree. The Club also announced the hiring of Sam Gash as the Club's assistant running backs and special teams coach.<p>

Blaylock, a 5-9, 205-pound running back out of Stephen F. Austin, signed with the Jets after a four-year stint with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was selected in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Chiefs and spent the next three seasons as part of a running back group that included Priest Holmes. Blaylock played in 40 games, with five starts, and has recorded 156 carries for 723 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 45 receptions for 474 yards, with two touchdowns. He also added 28 tackles on special teams.

Legree is a 6-1, 300-pound defensive lineman from Notre Dame, who signed with the Giants as a free agent in 2001. The four-year veteran totaled 116 tackles, including 73 solo, six sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in the 60 games he played with the Giants.

"Derrick is a versatile back," said Jets GM Terry Bradway. "He is strong, has good quickness, and the ability to catch the football. He did a solid job playing behind Priest Holmes and has been a core special teams' player. Lance is smart, tough and does a great job at the point of attack. Both players have competed in over 40 NFL games and give our Club depth at their respective positions."

Gash spent 12 seasons in the NFL as a fullback and played in 177 games, 78 of them as a starter. He recorded 121 carries for 327 yards and two touchdowns and 169 receptions for 1,347 yards and 13 touchdowns. Gash appeared in 11 postseason contests and earned a Super Bowl XXXV ring while with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000. Selected by the New England Patriots in the eighth round (205th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft, Gash spent six seasons with the Patriots before signing with the Buffalo Bills. He played the 1998 and '99 seasons as a Bill and earned a Pro Bowl selection in each of those years before moving on to the Baltimore Ravens from 2000-02. He re-joined the Bills for his final season in 2003.

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