This Jets player a pleasant surprise Dan Leberfeld

It was a transaction that didn’t garner a lot of attention, but this player is starting to get people’s attention.

“John Franklin-Myers has really come on,” Jets GM Joe Douglas said on Tuesday.

So September 1, 2109, Douglas claimed Franklin-Myers, a defensive end, off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams. The move didn’t move the needle much, especially since Franklin-Myers quickly got hurt, and landed on injured reserve in early October.

But in 2020, this waiver claim is starting to starting pay some dividends.

At 6-4, 288, he has a nice combination of size and quick twitch, and has made a number of impressive plays this season.

It was a little surprising the Rams released Franklin-Myers on August 31, 2019. This is a player who played a lot as a rookie in 2018, and recorded a sack on then-New England QB Tom Brady in Super Bowl LIII, forcing a fumble (recovered by NE).

Franklin-Myers was a fourth-round pick of the Rams in the 2018 draft out of Stephen F. Austin, a school located in Nacodoches, Texas.

He was under-recruited because his high school team, in Greenville, TX, went 0-40 during his four years there.

But he had a nice career in college for the Lumberjacks, and really helped his draft stock when he ran a 4.75 forty at the 2018 combine, a very good time for his size.

And during a rough Jets season, he’s been one of the few bright spots.

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