PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 14: David Hood #24 of the Temple Owls runs with the ball and is tackled by Junior Joseph #11 of the Connecticut Huskies while Matt Hennessy #58 of the Temple Owls tries to block in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on October 14, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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A reported NFL draft-day deal between the New York Jets and Denver Broncos was stopped cold thanks to Matt Hennessy.

Apparently, the previously reported interest the New York Jets had in Temple center Matt Hennessy was not all that real.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, an agreed-upon trade with the Denver Broncos was stopped cold thanks to the drafting of Matt Hennessy.

Obviously, general manager Joe Douglas is not afraid of flipping picks and players during the most chaotic of times during the season (as well as the calmer times, too). The man was ready to do it again on Day 2 of the 2020 NFL draft.

New York was prepared to drop from No. 79 to 83 so the Broncos could draft the Temple center and brother of Jet long-snapper Thomas Hennessy. Instead, the deal never came to fruition thanks to those pesky Atlanta Falcons who snagged the younger Hennessy in the 78-hole.


Hennessy, a kid who was rumored to perhaps wind up in New York, was right there for Douglas to potentially snag him. The Jets decided to travel in another direction.

After the Mekhi Becton pick at No. 11, the Jets backed it up with Charlotte tackle Cameron Clark at No. 129. Though a tackle in college, Clark will likely convert to an interior line spot at the next level.

The two big heavies add onto an already-impressively deep line consisting of free-agent acquisitions Connor McGovern and Greg Van Roten, the returning Alex Lewis, and holdovers Chuma Edoga, Brian Winters and Jonotthan Harrison.

The very thing Joe Douglas preached has turned true. He’s constructed a deep offensive line with the help of wheeling and dealing, something this Mehta report further exemplifies.


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