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Former NFL WR James Hardy III found dead in Indiana river

Despite a relatively disappointing 2016 season and the lingering what-to-do-with-Sheldon-Richardson question, the Jets’ defensive line remains the strength of the roster. New York gave up the fewest yards per carry before contact last year, according to Pro Football Focus, and the line will look the same this season, barring a Richardson move.

Though the Jets run a base 3-4 defense, they often line up with four hands in the dirt. That’ll continue to be the case, especially with Steve McLendon returning from injury at defensive tackle. The team also hopes end Muhammad Wilkerson can return to Pro Bowl form now that he’s entering the season at full health.

The tricky part about blocking the Jets’ front is the versatility of Richardson, Wilkerson, Leonard Williams and even McLendon. The first three in particular can and do line up at any position on the line. The ends are especially tough to contain when they line up inside the tackles for passing situations.

Anthony Johnson, Lawrence Thomas and Deon Simon (nose) will provide depth on the defensive line, as will free agency acquisition Mike Pennel.

The body of former NFL wide receiver James Hardy III was identified Thursday after being pulled out of the Maumee River in Fort Wayne, Ind. on Wednesday, according to Fort Wayne’s NBC.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office identified his body after a plant Cincinnati Reds Cheap Jerseys worker discovered his body in a log jam.

Hardy III was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft and spent four years in the league. He played for the Buffalo Bills from 2008-10, then played for the Baltimore Ravens Design Cheap Jerseys in 2011, though he never took a snap for the team. He attempted to play in the Arena Football League in 2012 and 2013.

Hardy was born in Fort Wayne and attended high school at Fort Wayne Elmhurst before starring at Indiana University.