Jets bring in defensive end for tryout

The Jets continue to look at players who can help their struggling front seven.

This week they brought in former Tennessee Titan defensive end Rien Long for a tryout. He is a 6-6, 300 pounder out of Washington State. He blew out his achilles tendon a couple of years ago with the Titans, and this sidetracked his career. He played defensive tackle for Tennessee, but he would be a 3-4 end if the Jets signed him.

In 2005, Long's third season, he led the Titans with 17 quarterback pressures one year after posting the team's second-best total of 16 pressures in 2004. The two-year total of 33 pressures was the best on the squad. The 26-year-old Long has played in 39 career games with five starts and has career totals of 99 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 35 quarterback pressures, three tackles for loss and one forced fumble. After winning the Outland Trophy and leaving Washington State University with a year of eligibility remaining, he played in eight games in a reserve role for the Titans as a rookie and then set a career high with five sacks in 15 games in 2004. Prior to being drafted, he completed the 40-yard dash in 5.08 seconds, bench pressed 430 pounds and displayed a 33.5-inch vertical jump. He was selected by the Titans in the fourth round (126th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft.

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