Not every free agent is leaving the Jets. The Gang managed to retain FB Lex Hilliard on a one-year contract, a source confirmed.
This was a bit of a surprise. Hilliard, a midseason replacement last year for John Conner, isn't a great fit in Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast-style system because he's not a particularly good pass receiver. He's a solid lead blocker in two-back sets, although his blitz pick-up leaves a lot to be desired. He blew some blocking assignments that resulted in quarterback hits.
Hilliard rushed eight times for 31 yards. He had four receptions for 23 yards. He also contributed on special teams.