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Street signs with Jets

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

A few times before his current one, Devin Street has been in the same situation. In fact, the former Liberty High and University of Pittsburgh standout recalled how it began back in his youth.

“Even when I was eight years old, people always doubted me,” recounted the wide receiver. “I always heard that I was too thin. I had a few offers out of high school, but people still never thought that I could make it.”

Street proved his skeptics wrong when he was drafted in the fifth round by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2014 draft. In a logjam of receivers, Street played two seasons in Dallas, catching nine passes for 132 yards with a touchdown.

But Street was released by the Cowboys during the winter and signed by the New England Patriots, who placed him on their practice squad. Three weeks later, Street was acquired by the Indianapolis Colts.

Last season, he caught one pass for the Colts and was waived this May. He was re-signed by the Patriots, but was released three weeks later. On June 5, Street got another chance and also moved close to his Bethlehem roots when he signed with the New York Jets.

“I’m pretty glad I signed here,” said Street, who participated in the team’s organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp. “Being only an hour away from home feels good.”

“The Patriots were looking more for a slot guy and I was pleased with everything that I did. But obviously it wasn’t good enough for them. That’s part of the game.”

Street again will be trying to break through a plethora of young receivers, notably after the recent release of veteran Eric Decker. Ironically with Decker’s release, Street –entering his fourth season – becomes the current elder statesman of the corps.

Still, Street knows it could be an uphill battle. He will spend most of the time before training camp begins in late July working out in Boulder, Colorado.

“This is the heaviest and the strongest I have been, and I feel great,” boasted the 26-year-old Street, who is listed as 6-3, 200 pounds. “That gives me more motivation to succeed.

“I’ll train in Colorado with the higher elevations. You can get tired in a couple of minutes there, but I want to come into camp in the best possible shape. It will be a great workout and I’ll be ready.”

This past weekend, Street likely watched his younger brother, Darian, who – like Devin — will play for Pennsylvania in the annual Big 33 game Saturday. The younger street caught 31 passes for 552 yards this past season and also is headed to Pittsburgh on a scholarship.

“That’s great and I am so proud of him,” said Devin about his brother. “He has been through adversity and I’m sure he will face more. But his future looks bright.”

The older Street is confident he can have a future with the Jets.

“This process is a trek and part of the process,” said Street. “There are plenty of other guys who have had different journeys. I always have been doubted, but I like what I see so far with the Jets.”