The Jets auditioned fullback Derrick Coleman on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. Coleman was one of several veterans to audition for the team, joining edge rusher Lamarr Houston, defensive tackle Chris Jones, and defensive linemen Tyrunn Walker and Lavar Edwards.
Coleman, 28 in October, appeared in all 16 of the Falcons’ regular season games in 2017. He is regarded as one of the best at his position, but hasn’t found much of a market this offseason as most teams do not utilize a fullback in their offense. Known mostly for his blocking ability, Coleman has just three catches in his last two NFL seasons and 13 grabs across four active years in the league.
Coleman made headlines for the wrong reasons during his Seahawks tenure. An alleged hit-and-run incident in 2015 kept him out of football in 2016, but he avoided jail by agreeing community service plus 12 months of community supervision. The Jets already have multiple players who are dealing with legal trouble, so they’ll do some serious homework on Coleman before extending him an offer.
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