Heading into the 2013 campaign, the New York Jets offense is still trying to figure out where all of its production will come from in the receiving department.
With Santonio Holmes coming off a horrific Linsfranc injury and 2012 first-rounder Stephen Hill still suffering from major growing pains, the Jets’ stable of questionable quarterbacks won’t have much to work with. The situation, though, could provide undrafted rookie Ryan Spadola with the perfect opportunity to carve in niche for himself in the Gang Green passing game.
A Lehigh product measuring in at 6’1’’, 204 pounds, Spadola was one of the few small-school wide receivers that caught scouts’ attention this year. Although he failed to hear his name called during the 2013 NFL Draft, Spadola appears to have landed in an ideal situation with the Jets.
During training camp, Spadola will be battling with the likes of Jordan White, Zach Rogers and Clyde Gates for a roster spot as the No. 4 or No. 5 wide receiver for the Jets. With so much unproven and underwhelming talent on the roster, it’s going to be interesting to see what type of impact the undrafted rookie can make.
A prototypical possession receiver, Spadola has the physical tools to be a difference-maker for the Jets. With strong hands, confidence over the middle, and precision route running, the former Mountain Hawk brings the well-rounded skill set to the table that the Jets desperately need from their receiving corps.
If Spadola can carry over even a smidgen of his productivity to the NFL, the rookie has a bright future with the Jets. We’ll see during training camp if he can stand out from the crowd in New York.