The New York Jets on Thursday struck a deal with tight end Jordan Leggett, the team’s fifth-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Clemson. He becomes the fifth of New York’s nine picks from the draft to sign their rookie contract.
“All I needed was just to get my foot in the door,” Leggett said, per the team’s official website. “The Jets gave me the opportunity. I’m forever grateful and I’m extremely blessed.”
Leggett, who the Jets selected with the No. 150 overall pick in the draft, was a first-team All-ACC selection last year for the national champions.
He was a finalist for the John Mackey Award, which goes to the nation’s top tight end, totaling 46 receptions for 736 yards and seven touchdowns his senior year. He also added 40 receptions for 525 yards and eight touchdowns his junior year.
“The way [Jets offensive coordinator John Morton] used the tight end at the Saints, it’s definitely a position that’s going to be there this year,” he said. “I’m excited for my chance, excited to be here, and I’ll just go out there and fight to make the team and play on Sunday.”
The Navarre, Florida, native racked up eight starts and three touchdowns in his first two seasons at Clemson.
Leggett has a chance to compete for the Jets’ starting tight end job immediately, with Braedon Bowman and Austin Seferian-Jenkins also in the mix. Seferian-Jenkins led all Jets tight ends last season with 10 receptions for 110 yards. Brandon Bostick was the only other tight end to catch more than five passes.