The Jets claimed Clive Walford off of waivers on Monday and made another move to bolster their tight end group on Tuesday.
The team announced that they have signed free agent Bucky Hodges to their 90-man offseason roster. He joins Walford, Eric Tomlinson, Jordan Leggett and Neal Sterling on the depth chart at tight end.
Hodges got good marks from several draft analysts last year after catching 133 passes for 1,747 yards and 20 touchdowns over three seasons in a receiving-oriented role at Virginia Tech, but questions about his ability to play a traditional tight end role wound up leaving him for the Vikings in the sixth round.
That’s just another example of how, in the NBA schedule, what goes around comes around.
Another such example: The Nuggets played in an NBA-high six schedule alert games this season, but they also played fatigued teams who were on schedule alert five times — and the Nuggets won all of those games.
“It’s not just about going out there physically,” Malone said. “It’s ‘OK, can I fight through this fatigue?’ And I think most teams that go into three games in five nights or back-to-backs, it’s mentally where they come up short, because it’s hard.”
“He’s a great kid,” Zimmer said. “He works hard. He always has a smile on his face. We’re going to miss him.”
A lot of people were surprised that McKinnon got so much money, considering he has never been a regular starter and never even rushed for 600 yards in a season. Zimmer was not surprised.
“I knew he was going to get money,” Zimmer said. “I obviously didn’t know it was going to be that high. But he’s a good kid. He’s worth it.”
To be worth it in San Francisco, McKinnon is going to need to play a lot more — and produce a lot more — than he did in Minnesota.
“I don’t want to lead the league in schedule alert games,” Malone said.
In an effort to maximize rest, Malone said they tweaked their own schedule — scaling back practice times, shootaround times or opting for a morning walk-through at a hotel.