Bears' Lineman Jake Duron Set to Sign With N.Y. Jets Thursday
SPRINGFIELD - Missouri State is expected to add a fourth player to its list of active NFL personnel on Thursday (July 28) when offensive lineman Jake Duron officially becomes an undrafted free agent signee of the New York Jets.
Duron, a native of Springdale, Ark., was contacted by Jets' front-office staff on Wednesday and asked to join the team's preseason camp at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, N.J. He is expected to officially sign with the team when he arrives Thursday.
The Bears' starting right tackle said the end of the NFL lockout earlier this week was music to his ears, but the waiting game was difficult as he paced the floor in anticipation of a team calling.
"I spent the last couple days staring at my phone, and finally I needed a change of scenery," Duron said of his wait for an NFL training camp call. "So I drove to St. Louis to be with my girlfriend, and I was with her and her parents with the call finally came. The Jets said 'we'd like to have you,' and I am very excited to have this opportunity."
Duron was a four-year letterman for the Bears and started 22 games in his career, including all 11 at right tackle last season. He was named MSU Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2010 and graded out at 84 percent his senior season with 63 knockdowns.
According to Duron, the Jets are interested in keeping him at offensive tackle where he is most comfortable. He noted that working out all summer alongside classmate and consensus All-American David Arkin has given him the confidence to chase his NFL dream.
"Training with David Arkin and working my butt off every day has really prepared me for this awesome opportunity." Duron said. ''It's absolutely a dream come true."
Along with Arkin, who was a fourth-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2011, Duron joins Kolby Hurt who signed a free agent deal with the Saints earlier this week, and Eagles' second-year tight end Clay Harbor as the active Bears in the National Football League.