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Since the end of the season, the Jets have added several players to their 90-man roster. We've been looking at each of these players to determine their strengths and weaknesses.
Today we're going to look at three additions on the defensive front seven; Kenny Anunike, Frank Beltre and Jeff Luc. All three are undrafted free agents but they have different roles. Let's compare their attributes, divided into categories.
At 27, Beltre is the oldest of the three, but actually has the least NFL experience. He played three preseason games with the Chargers in 2013 but has only played in the CFL since that time.
Luc is the youngest of the three at 24 and has played in two preseason campaigns. He recorded seven tackles in four 2015 preseason games with Miami, but then played at fullback with the Bengals in 2016.
Anunike, 26, is the only one of the three to actually play in the NFL, albeit just five defensive snaps with the 2015 Broncos. He was credited with one tackle. He's shown some promise in preseason action, recording 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in five games.
Luc is listed as a linebacker by the Jets despite converting to full-back during the last offseason, so presumably will return to a role similar to the one he had in college as a 4-3 linebacker. He'd play inside in a 3-4 system. Beltre played mostly as a defensive end in college, but has played outside linebacker in the CFL and in NFL preseason action. Anunike played defensive end in his first preseason campaign, but played mostly on the interior in his second year.
Anunike has good length at 6'5" and is currently listed at 276 pounds having been 260 when he entered the league. His athletic numbers were underwhelming though, other than a 117" broad jump. The 6'2" and 250-pound Beltre is also heavier than he was when he first entered the league and he impressed with a 4.67 40-yard dash and a sub-seven seconds three-cone drill. Luc is a stocky 6'1" and 256 pounds and, as you might expect, his agility numbers are poor.
Luc was extremely productive in college, racking up 133 tackles in his senior year. He tends to look good exploding to the football and taking on blockers, but less comfortable if being forced to change direction in space. Beltre is extremely impressive in pursuit and has good closing speed in space. Anunike has the size and length to hold up at the point of attack and plays with aggression.
Of the three, Luc has been the only one to have issues with missing a lot of tackles, but his high production means that his actual tackle rate isn't too bad. Anunike has the better length of the three and this is shown in his range as he is able to haul down tacklers, while Luc and Beltre often have to "run through" the ball carrier to ensure they get him to the ground. Luc showed a knack for forcing fumbles with five in his college career.
Anunike developed well as a pass rusher, recording 15.5 sacks in his college career with a career-high 6.5 as a senior. When playing on the interior he has a speed advantage and he used that to beat Kristjan Sokoli for a strip sack in preseason action, but he showed speed off the edge at Duke.
Beltre wasn't a massive pass rushing threat in college, recording 11 sacks in four years with a high of five in his senior year. In Canada, he had no sacks in his first two seasons, but then showed real promise last season recording three sacks. He displayed an ability to bend the edge against CFL tackles and surprising power as a bull-rusher.
While he doesn't play on the line, Luc showed a knack for being an extremely effective blitzer. He had 6.5 sacks and nine quarterback hits in his senior year. Prior to that, he only had 1.5 career sacks though.
Anunike lacks experience of dropping into coverage, but Beltre has been employed in coverage at times. Luc has extensive coverage experience and his numbers were pretty solid. He broke up four passes in his senior year and didn't give up any 30-yard plays.
Here is where Beltre could make a name for himself. He won a special teams award while in college at Towson and was considered a special teams ace in Canada. He gets downfield and explodes to the ball in impressive fashion in coverage and has also shown some wedge-busting abilities.
Luc has also shown some minor special teams promise, recording a special teams tackle in the 2015 senior bowl, but Anunike hasn't had any significant production on special teams.
Anunike has also had some injury issues, spending 2014 on injured reserve with an elbow issue and then seeing his 2015 season ended prematurely with a knee injury that also impacted on him being released in the 2016 preseason. Beltre has also missed some time in Canada with elbow and quad issues, but Luc has remained healthy.
These are three interesting prospects, joining a team that figures to give cheap youngsters every opportunity to win a role. Of the three, Beltre might be the most promising due to his special teams prowess. However, Anunike had made waves during offseason play and has been considered a promising prospect that was held back due to injuries, so he might have a shot if he can remain healthy.
*An earlier version of this story said that Kenny Anunike had been questioned but not charged in a prostitution sting. That is incorrect. The former Broncos player who was questioned but not charged in a prostitution sting was Ryan Murphy, who was re-signed by the Broncos after the team waived Anunike this past August. We regret the error.