Jets minicamp loaded with free agent tryouts

Of the 34 names of undrafted players the Jets have at mini-camp for tryouts, one name truly stands out.

In 2006, Arizona State's Zach Catanese was considered one of the best safeties in college football. He definitely looked like a draftable player. But then disaster struck. In his last game for the Sun Devils, in the Hula Bowl, he destroyed his left knee, tearing the ACL and the meniscus. It looked like his NFL dream was over after failing many physicals prior to the 2007 draft.

After going undrafted in 2007, he went back to Tempe, and was preparing for life after football, while continuing to rehab his knee.

Just as he about to venture into the world of insurance, the Jets called him to see if he wanted to come in for a tryout. He jumped at the chance.

"It's been a long road back," said Catanese. "I feel pretty good right now. My legs are stronger than before."

Catanese certainly looks the part at 6-2, 225 pounds with sub 4.6 speed. Now healthy, he's looking forward to showing what he can do.

"It will be fun," said Cantanese. "I'm looking to get back into competition again. Nothing's for sure. You have to take it one day at a time."

If his tryout with the Jets doesn't work out, several CFL teams are interesting his services.


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