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Mecole Hardman has the chance for a bounce-back season with the New York Jets

After three good years in Kansas City, a core muscle injury limited the speedy receiver to only eight regular season games in 2022 and it also kept him sidelined for Super Bowl LVII.

Hardman underwent surgery in February before signing with Gang Green in March. He was working with trainers off to the side at Tuesday's OTAs practice, but should be ready to ramp it up once camp begins.

"Didn’t think we’d be able to get a guy like Mecole Hardman," said Jets' head coach Robert Saleh at the NFL Owners' Meetings in March. "So when he was sitting there, and just the amount of speed and the different things that he does, it was just a no-brainer for Joe, for us to add him."

Hardman inked a one-year deal, bringing elite speed and big game experience to the Jets.

"I know he ran a 4.3 [40-yard dash], but he plays 4.3. He’s got elite, elite field vision with the ball in his hands," said Saleh.

Hardman, a 2019 second-round draft pick, put his explosiveness on display as a rookie when he totaled 1,426 all-purpose yards en-route to earning a Pro Bowl nod as a return specialist.

He experienced a growth moment during the 2020 AFC Championship Game. After fumbling a first-quarter punt that allowed Buffalo to take a 9-0 lead, Hardman rebounded by catching a second-quarter touchdown pass and later ripping off a 50-yard run on a reverse play in the Chiefs' eventual 38-24 win.

In 2021, he set career highs in receptions (59) and receiving yards (693).

"if you could just get the ball in his hands, he’s going to make something happen," said Saleh.

Mecole Hardman, Wide Receiver

Number: 6
Current Status: Starter (Slot)
How/When Acquired: Free Agent Signing / 2023 (from Chiefs)
2022 Final Stats: 8 GP, 25 receptions, 297 rec yards, 6 total TD (4 rec, 2 rush), 9.2 punt ret avg

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