Jets’ Isaiah Dunn proving to be more than “the typical undrafted dude”

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It’s not often that an undrafted rookie gets a lot of buzz heading into training camp, but for Jets cornerback Isaiah Dunn, the buzz is real.

Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich said after minicamp that Dunn looks so good that he could be competing not just to make the roster but to become a significant contributor to the Jets’ defense as a rookie. Dunn says that’s what he wants to show he can do.

“I don’t feel like the typical undrafted dude. I don’t look at it like ‘OK, I went undrafted and I need to prove something.’ I’m proving to myself that I belong here,” Dunn told the New York Daily News. “I don’t sit around and talk about ‘Oh if I was drafted, this would have happened.’ I don’t do that because that’s neither here nor there. I’m just focusing on the task at hand and to make the team.”

Dunn got off to a good start in his college career at Oregon State, but he didn’t play much during the COVID-shortened 2021 season, and that resulted in him going undrafted. Still, enough teams were interested in him as an undrafted free agent that the Jets had to guarantee him $185,000 to get him to sign. Now Dunn thinks he has a chance to earn a starting job.

“Competing for this job now is exciting, because of the competition that’s going to take place,” Dunn said. “I was competing my butt off for those few days we had OTAs and minicamp practices. I’m really just amped up, ready to go get it. I want to see how my competition is coming. It’s just an exciting feeling to know that there’s one thing that everybody wants, and it comes down to who’s gonna get it.”

Dunn seems to have a real shot to get real playing time as an undrafted rookie.

11 responses to “Jets’ Isaiah Dunn proving to be more than “the typical undrafted dude”

  1. Better chance of contributing to a poor team than a good one. Good for him, hope it works out. Definitely has the attitude/outlook you want.

  2. It’s sad to see people so scared of the Jets not remaining the doormat for their bad jokes.

  3. Awesome. We are a team of “ifs” – too many to count, but if even half of them turn out positive, we will surprise some people this year.

  4. SenorUgati says:
    July 2, 2021 at 3:23 pm
    It’s sad to see people so scared of the Jets not remaining the doormat for their bad jokes.

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    Nobody is scared of the Jets.

  5. With 17 regular season games now headed to 18, let’s return to 12 round drafts and bigger roster sizes!

  6. Don’t Be Grouchy Get Your Fauci Ouchie says:
    July 2, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    SenorUgati says:
    July 2, 2021 at 3:23 pm
    It’s sad to see people so scared of the Jets not remaining the doormat for their bad jokes.

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    Nobody is scared of the Jets.

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    It’s pretty clear from what I read here that a lot of people are. It’s expressed very differently from post to post, but the message is clear. Those who have thrived own the Jets ineptitude and chaos can see that has ended. It may be a while before it translates to success on the field, but anyone who keeps with the these are the “same old Jets” routine is just running scared.

  7. Nobody is scared of the Jets.

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    It’s pretty clear from what I read here that a lot of people are. It’s expressed very differently from post to post, but the message is clear. Those who have thrived own the Jets ineptitude and chaos can see that has ended. It may be a while before it translates to success on the field, but anyone who keeps with the these are the “same old Jets” routine is just running scared.

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    Typical Jersey/CT/Long Island bonehead who claims he makes the best pizza before he even learns to take the trash out the back of the restaurant

  8. In 1969 the jets Matt snell ran for 121 yards and a touchdown against one of the best defenses of all time..Bob Talamini was the guard that opened those holes..he retired after that year because he didn’t get the $5000 raise he asked for..this is a recurring theme of mismanagement for an eternity..any criticism of this organization is deserved

  9. The people who keep saying the same old stuff about the “same old Jets” probably shop at Wal-Mart.

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