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Saalim Hakim named Jets kick returner

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joewilly12    1,532

Coach Rex Ryan named Saalim Hakim the Jets' kickoff primary returner.

Rookie Jalen Saunders will presumably return punts. A Tarleton State alum, Hakim clocked forty times in the 4.2s at his 2012 Pro Day. 24 years old, Saalim is the younger brother of former Rams star Az-Zahir Hakim.
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derp    765

He looked good as a gunner on the punt team, guess he's making the team based on special teams value?

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Larz    59,442

cool.  he looks like a specials ace

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RSJ    36,536

Did he even line up at that position this pre season? I thought it was always Ford?

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Larz    59,442

Did he even line up at that position this pre season? I thought it was always Ford?

 

apparently he did it for the jets last season. 

 

CHARLOTTE -- Wide receiver Saalim Hakim, who was signed Friday from the practice squad, is expected to return kickoffs Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. He will be the New York Jets' third kickoff returner in as many weeks. It will be his NFL debut.

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Il Mostro    1,484

Glad the kid made the team. Now I would like to see Salas as our #4.

 

 

He has to based on his play -- Salas has really earned that spot.  If they screw this one up my head will explode.

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Matt39    35,850

He has to based on his play -- Salas has really earned that spot.  If they screw this one up my head will explode.

 

I think the writings on the wall that Hill is a goner anyways.

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Patriot Killa    1,854

I think the writings on the wall that Hill is a goner anyways.

He will play slot #5 at the bottom of the depth chart and be cut at the end of the season... These type of things happen all the time for early round busts.. no worries he'll end up on the Browns practice squad one way or another.

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Matt39    35,850

He will play slot #5 at the bottom of the depth chart and be cut at the end of the season... These type of things happen all the time for early round busts.. no worries he'll end up on the Browns practice squad one way or another.

 

Yeah, it's possible. He wont be seeing much action though if he's kept around. The effort on the slant he ran on Friday night was pathetic. Guy on the bubble half assing routes.

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Patriot Killa    1,854

Yeah, it's possible. He wont be seeing much action though if he's kept around. The effort on the slant he ran on Friday night was pathetic. Guy on the bubble half assing routes.

You could truly see no effort on that slant... either he just shows no effort or he sucks so bad he's making it look like he's not even trying.

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pointman    1,571

Hopefully he puts that monster 40 time down on the turf.. cause Gates, Hill, McKnight, and Ford certainly never did. 

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#27TheDominator    203,590

Hakim was back there every kick against the Giants and looked decent enough to me on the punt and kick cover teams. It seems like they are making roster space for him, but I never see him do anything at WR.  Strange. 

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Bleedin Green    73,963

Hakim was back there every kick against the Giants and looked decent enough to me on the punt and kick cover teams. It seems like they are making roster space for him, but I never see him do anything at WR.  Strange. 

 

Yeah, I doubt his making of the final roster (assuming that happens) will have any impact on what they do with the WR position.  It seems that he's earning his way onto the roster strictly based on ST, and it just so happens that WR is the position he's listed at.  There's a couple of guys like that on each team.  While I'm sure they'll try to groom him to be a contributor at WR while he's on the roster, they won't be counting on him to be one this year, and aren't likely going to cut a guy like Salas for him either.

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#27TheDominator    203,590

Yeah, I doubt his making of the final roster (assuming that happens) will have any impact on what they do with the WR position.  It seems that he's earning his way onto the roster strictly based on ST, and it just so happens that WR is the position he's listed at.  There's a couple of guys like that on each team.  While I'm sure they'll try to groom him to be a contributor at WR while he's on the roster, they won't be counting on him to be one this year, and aren't likely going to cut a guy like Salas for him either.

 

 

He actually played the position last year, but they only used him on a couple of reverses.  I think he was actually liste as a captain the first game he played.  I know he got caught for a big loss on one reverse and had something like an 8 yard gain on another.  Not sure if he had any more, but I am pretty sure that he had zero receptions. 

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roscoeword    153

May he go in the way of past great KO returners: Justin Miller, Brad Smith, Leon Washington. All we need is for Westhoff to come back, and the ball to come back five yards.

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slats    96,065

Being named KOR means he's also tying up one of the WR spots. I don't see the Jets carrying more than six. Decker, Kerley, Hakim, Saunders, Salas, and one of Nelson/Hill is my guess. With Evans on the IR, and Enunwa (hopefully) on the practice squad.

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Integrity28    60,567

Hakim was back there every kick against the Giants and looked decent enough to me on the punt and kick cover teams. It seems like they are making roster space for him, but I never see him do anything at WR.  Strange. 

 

That's okay.

 

He may eventually grow into a good WR, while giving us immediate performance on special teams. Derrick Mason and Steve Smith took similar paths towards relevancy... some guys need time. Others guys are hopeless, apparently. 

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#27TheDominator    203,590

That's okay.

 

He may eventually grow into a good WR, while giving us immediate performance on special teams. Derrick Mason and Steve Smith took similar paths towards relevancy... some guys need time. Others guys are hopeless, apparently. 

 

 

That is a pretty big jump.  Mason and Smith were 3rd and 4th rounders.  This kid came out in 2011 and played in the UFL.  He didn't even reach UDFA status until the following year.  Smith already had a 1000 yard season under his belt at that point.  This kid came from powerhouses Tarleton State and Palomar CC.  I have never heard of this kid catching a pass in the NFL, preseason, or even college or UFL.  His brother played in the league for a decade and he was coached by Fassel in the UFL.  It's not like he needed to learn the pro game. 

 

 

 

* I wonder if Saalim Hakim can get into this wide receiver mix. I cannot believe I typed that after the performance Hakim put forward in the rookie minicamp after the draft, because as a receiver he showed a remarkable ability to not catch the ball. But now Hakim, who is the younger brother of Az-Zahir Hakim, the former St. Louis wideout from the Rams’ Greatest Show on Turf days, is in much better shape and is catching the football. Hakim made his way on to the Cowboys’ radar with his work on special teams for Jim Fassel in the UFL. Hakim’s speed should make him a factor on special teams here, but he had an eye-popping run after catch on Monday that had one defender groan, "That (expletive) is fast." It was almost as if Hakim glided above the ground as he sped down the sideline.

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Integrity28    60,567

That is a pretty big jump.  Mason and Smith were 3rd and 4th rounders.  This kid came out in 2011 and played in the UFL.  He didn't even reach UDFA status until the following year.  Smith already had a 1000 yard season under his belt at that point.  This kid came from powerhouses Tarleton State and Palomar CC.  I have never heard of this kid catching a pass in the NFL, preseason, or even college or UFL.  His brother played in the league for a decade and he was coached by Fassel in the UFL.  It's not like he needed to learn the pro game. 

 

 

It's not a "jump", I wasn't saying he was the next Steve Smith just saying maybe he'd grow from specials to WR in time. Relax.

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#27TheDominator    203,590

It's not a "jump", I wasn't saying he was the next Steve Smith just saying maybe he'd grow from specials to WR in time. Relax.

 

He has never caught anything.  Ever. I would like it as much as the next guy, but UDFA WRs generally flash and are inconsistent.  I have not seen so much as a single decent route run by this kid.  

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Integrity28    60,567

He has never caught anything.  Ever. I would like it as much as the next guy, but UDFA WRs generally flash and are inconsistent.  I have not seen so much as a single decent route run by this kid.  

 

There's some video on youtube of him. At least I think it's him, lol. It's go him on kick coverage, kick returns and playing WR.

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