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Jets Retain Shepherd and Coleman for Depth on Both Sides of Ball

While the big name free agent imports are garnering all of the attention among Jets fans, two minor moves by Joe Douglas will be aimed at adding some depth on both offense and defense.

Douglas re-signed running back Tevin Coleman on day one of free agency before locking up defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd on day two.

Coleman missed time due to injury in 2021 and played in just 11 games (5 starts), averaging 4.2 yards per carry.  In all likelihood, Coleman will be penciled in as the teams third running back behind Michael Carter and another player the Jets add through the draft.

Shepherd, a rare Mike Maccagnan holdover, comes back as the team has little to no depth along the defensive line.  He did pick up a career high 28 tackles (17 solo) and tied a personal best with 8 quarterback hits.  The biggest knock on Shepherd was his lack of discipline, picking up a whopping six penalties on the season after being flagged just four times in the previous three seasons combined.

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

Glenn Naughton

Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.