I told you guys before the 2013 draft about him and everybody mocked me. Here is another video on YouTube of Catapano from the 2015 preseason of him making the game saving tackle to beat Seattle. This guy is a super athletic looking 290. One teams trash is another teams treasure. This guy is a hidden gem I'm telling you. It doesn't surprise me to hear he has impressed in practice and been promoted. Him and Mauldin on the outside could be good for years to come. Watch, I bet this kid surprises. He averaged like 1.5 sacks per game or something ridiculous in college, he f**king good.
When he was cut by KC it caused a bit of controversy because Catapano was by all accounts poised for a breakout season. Was ranked as one of the best DEs in pre season this year by Pro Football Focus so his release was a hit of a surprise apparenly. Andy Reid spoke of it in a press conference saying that Catapano's true talent was as an outside rusher....and apparently with Houston and Hali they wanted him as an inside run stuffer and wasn't the right fit. This is Andy Reid discussing it in a press conference upon his release..... "Coach Andy Reid On DE Mike Catapano 9/7/2015" on YouTube
I know what he's getting at......and he is 100% correct. But i talked up this player a couple years ago on this board and nobody listened. I'll say this its quite interesting that out of all 32 teams the kid finally gets a chance on the Jets playing in his natural position. Team could use a boost this week so let's see what happens.
By the way...there was another great Jets player with the last name Snell who came from Long Island about 40 years ago. He went to school with my aunt. It would be nice to see another long island player on the Jets. Lets see if he is promoted to the 53 or if another team grabs him first.....personally I hope its the Jets.
Watch what this kid does.....he is better than people know. Heard he ran a 40 in 4.79 during his workout today weighing 290. I don't know how many guys (if any) in this league are that fast at that size. KC wasn't using him as an edge rusher, lets see what they have in mind for him. Babin was just released. I predict Catapano bumps up to the 53 roster fairly quickly as long as nobody else grabs him. Good story, local kid.
If I played on the Jacksonville defense that spread would be posted in HUGE poster board format in the locker room. I'd blast him real hard in the 1st quarter if I was a Jacksonville pass rusher (even if it was a bit late and drew a 15 yarder) just because. Interesting fact I heard today....only 2 Superbowl teams in the last 40+ years has ever given up more than 45 points to an opponent during regular season. Defense wins championships. Kansas City might just be Manning's kryptonite this year