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Jarron Gilbert picks Jets practice squad

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Jarron Gilbert, a 2009 third-round pick of the Bears, has decided to join the New York Jets practice squad, agent Frank Bauer said.

Gilbert had several other options, although the Bears were not among them.

"I thought he'd go to the West Coast," Bauer said of Gilbert, who went to high school in California and attended San Jose State.

But, Gilbert was drawn to the Jets' 3-4 scheme, as well as coach Rex Ryan, who has endeared himself to a lot of people with his colorful comments and decisions on HBO's Hard Knocks series.

"He's got a charisma about him, and he worked [Gilbert] out before the [2009] draft," Bauer said. "I also look at the system."

The Jets were the only team to put in a claim for Gilbert on Sunday. But, they had a higher priority on former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Marcus Dixon.

Bauer said Ryan pushed hard Sunday night to get Gilbert to join the Jets.

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So, let me get this straight, Gilbert was such a poor fit that we didn't even offer him a practice squad position? That makes him a poor fit as a draft choice. Why did we waste a pick on him?

Defensive scheme has not changed since he was drafted, which tells me "someone" didn't do their homework on this guy before he was drafted.

I read in the paper earlier that someone picked the guy the Bears wanted right before they were on the clock, sending the Bears into a tizzy. What kind of draft plan do you have if there is no plan B for a slot that high up in the draft?

If the Bears did not handle the neck injury to jarron in such classless action he would have gotten claimed off waivers. The hit he took on that 1st preseason game was so devastating it called for an MRI. Did the bears even give him an x-ray No!! He is in a better situation know (16 sacks) .

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