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With our first mini-camp this week it seems we brought in some players to tryout:






The Jets welcomed veteran players to the Atlantic Health Training Center this morning for the start of a voluntary three-day minicamp under head coach Todd Bowles.


And among those participating are seven tryout players, all with some pro experience. One's a quarterback, another is a five-year pro who started out with the Patriots, and three in all are former seventh-round draft picks.


The QB is Casey Pachall, the former TCU signalcaller who was on the roster with Jets WR Jeremy Kerleyicon-article-link.gif and Bengals QB Andy Dalton in 2009-10. Pachall played four seasons for the Horned Frogs and, despite an injury as a senior in '13, set one TCU career mark with his 62.9% completion accuracy and ranked high in other school categories.


Pachall (6'5", 230) went undrafted in 2014, so he spent time on the Toronto and Calgary rosters in the CFL and with the Florida Blacktips of the Fall Experimental Football League late last year. (As an aside, the FXFL was also a stopping point for Tajh Boyd, the Jets' sixth-rounder last year who recently signed with the Steelers.)

Here are capsules on the other six tryouts:


RB David Fluellen (5'11", 224) — Fluellen, from Lockport, NY, was a productive four-year back at Toledo, combining in 2012 and '13 for 2,619 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns and finishing his career two yards shy of 4,000 yards from scrimmage. He signed as an undrafted free agent with Philadelphia a year ago, was actually traded to Indianapolis for K Cody Parkey, and so wound up splitting the preseason schedule with the Eagles and Colts before he was a final cut by Indy.


DL Brandon Deaderick (6'4", 305) — Deaderick has the most pro experience of the group. A three-year starter at Alabama, he was selected in the seventh round (No. 247 overall) by New England in the 2010 draft and went on to play 40 games (19 starts) along the D-line with the Patriots from 2010-12, including Super Bowl XLVI against the Giants. In 2013 he played 13 games (one start) with the Jaguars, and last year he had 13 games (two starts) with the Saints.


TE Sean McGrath (6'5", 247) — McGrath signed as an undrafted free agent out of Henderson State with the Seahawks in 2012. Kansas City acquired him off waivers after 2013 final cuts and he played all 16 games for the Chiefs in '13 with nine starts, making 26 catches for 302 yards and two TDs. He was placed on reserve/did not report at the start of last year's training camp and coach Andy Reid said at that time McGrath planned to retire. He's giving it another shot now.


WR Aaron Mellette (6'2", 217) — Merle Aaron Mellette lit it up in four seasons at Elon in North Carolina, compiling 304 receptions for 4,254 yards, 44 touchdowns and 23 100-yard games. He was taken by the Ravens in the seventh round (No. 238 overall) of the 2013 draft. He had nine catches for 140 yards and two TDs that summer, made it through final cuts and was inactive on opening day, but then spent the rest of the year on IR with a knee injury, and was released last June with a failed-physical designation.


DL Donte Rumph (6'3", 320) — Rumph (pronounced "rump"), a cousin of former Dolphins DE Phillip Merling, was a three-year starter at Kentucky, signed with Atlanta as an undrafted free agent a year ago and was a final cut. Until recently he had appeared on the roster of the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League.


S Lavelle Westbrooks (6'0", 185) — Westbrooks was a physical coverman who played mostly CB but one year of S in three seasons as a Georgia Southern starter. He was the seventh-round pick (No. 247 overall) of the Bengals last year and was a final cut last August.

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