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Welsh rugby star visiting NY Jets on Friday

Louis Rees Zammit
Louis Rees Zammit

A famous rugby star is visiting the NY Jets on Friday in his pursuit of an NFL career

The New York Jets are considering dipping into the international market for additions to their roster.

Louis Rees-Zammit, a Welsh Rugby star, is visiting with New York on Friday. He is also expected to visit with the Cleveland Browns and other teams before the NFL Draft in late April.

Rees-Zammit recently joined the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program, making him eligible for the upcoming draft.

The rugby star, who has been clocked at 24.2 miles per hour in-game, ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at UCF’s Pro Day. 

In an article from the Associated Press, Rees-Zammit explained why he is pursuing a career in the NFL.

“It’s always been on my mind. My dad has been a massive role model to me because he brought me up loving the sport. He played the sport when he was younger, so it’s quite easy to love the game because I’ve been watching it since I was young. So, it’s always been in the back of my head, but it’s just amazing to finally do it now.”

Additionally, the article said that the rugby star is practicing as a running back, receiver, and returner.

While not likely a primary target for the team, Rees-Zammit’s speed is appealing. Standing at 6-foot-3, he could be a developmental piece at wide receiver or as a versatile offensive weapon.

According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL recently added a 17th practice squad slot for international players that has roster exemptions for the offseason and training camp. This makes the prospect of adding an international player much more appealing to teams.

Rees-Zammit may not become a star player, but with his speed and skill, he could be worth a flyer for New York in the late rounds or as a UDFA.

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2 months ago

Great, just as the league passes a rule banning Rugby-style tackling