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Undrafted. Ignored. Discarded.
The Jets have 16 former undrafted free agents, including six starters: Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, Isaiah Crowell and Eric Tomlinson on offense, Steve McLendon and Brandon Copeland on defense. Each player is a success story, but what Thielen is doing for the Minnesota Vikings is truly remarkable.
Thielen, undrafted out of Minnesota State in 2013, leads the league in catches (58) and receiving yards (712). No player in NFL history caught more passes in the first six games of a season than Thielen, who has yet to be held under 100 yards. If he reaches the mark on Sunday -- a pretty safe bet against the Jets' injury-plagued secondary -- he'll tie Charley Hennigan (1961) for the longest 100-yard streak to open a season.
This is someone who wasn't even invited to the NFL scouting combine, someone who began on the lowest wrung of the ladder -- a non-roster invitee to a rookie minicamp. He earned a free-agent contract from the Vikings, but was cut as a rookie and had to work his way up from the practice squad.
He gets mad respect from the Jets. "From one undrafted guy to another, you understand the journey that he's had to take, not only to get noticed in the first place, but to then get a shot and take over and become the starter he is," Copeland said. "As an undrafted free agent, you start behind the 8-ball, so to speak. You have to work two, three, four times harder any everybody to stick around and excel. There's a lot of respect on my end.
I was finally able to tell the OG that his music got me through college, and he signed my PSU Alumni card. 🤙🏾🤙🏾🐐🐐🐐 Appreciate it, fam. #jetlife#jlr#PSUGrad2017 Shoutout to @coachella_kev for making these moves, and for photo credits.