Jets Hoping for the Next Antonio Gates

The New York Jets signed former Virginia Commonwealth basketball player Jesse Pellot-Rosa. Pellot-Rosa led the Rams to an upset over Duke in the first round of last years NCAA tournament. In his final season at VCU, Pellot-Rosa averaged 13.3 points and 4.5 rebounds. He played football in high school and was even recruited by Tennessee,
Alabama and Virginia but chose to play hoops at VCU instead.

At 6-5 195 pounds Pellot-Rosa has a rather large frame and that is a valuable quality to have as an NFL wide receiver. As a basketball player he showed he has quickness, good hands and can jump. To play in the NFL he might have to add a little weight though. A big reason I think he has the potential to be a solid NFL player goes beyond his physical attributes.

In recent interviews he has expressed a love to play football. Loving to play football is a valuable character trait for an NFL rookie. A lot of rookies enter the league loving the big paychecks and the fame. Pellot-Rosa’s love of playing football is why he is going to make huge strides in his first few weeks back on the gridiron. Along with Pellot-Rosa the Jets also signed DB James Ihedigbo, CB Rayshaun Kizer, LB Jared Newberry and WR Renard Steves while releasing DB Caleb Hendrix, DE Matt King, WR Dustin Osborn, and LB Mark Zalewski.

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One Response to “Jets Hoping for the Next Antonio Gates”

  1. Lash says:

    good find. i always like the “diamond in the rough” articles because our rookie drafts are very competitive and it always helps to grab rare finds.

    one lil issue though…

    umm you have “love of playing football” and “recruited by Tennessee and Alabama but chose to play hoops instead” in the same article.

    If you have the chance to play at one of the two top programs in the country wouldn’t you take that opportunity if you loved football?

    i think some of these basketball converters make it in the NFL because of their athletic prowess and lack of wear and tear on their bodies

    anyhow thanks again