The Massachusetts Pirates have signed wide receiver Lamar Jordan for the upcoming season. Jordan was a quarterback in college at the University of New Mexico and signed as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League in 2018, going to camp as a wide receiver. Jordan said the NFL camp experience was a blessing.
“First and foremost, I want to thank all the trainers that I had before the draft. As a kid growing up you always say you want to go to the NFL, but when it really happens it is kind of surreal. When it happened, I thought God is real and I thank him for it. It was a great time and I learned a lot out there,” he said.
Since that time Jordan was in the Edmonton Eskimos (Canadian Football League) rookie minicamp in Florida and took part in the XFL Showcase. He knew that to advance in his football career, a position change was in order.
“Going into my senior year at New Mexico, the scouts were seeing me as a punt and kick returner. I just told myself, if I really wanted to pursue this dream, I just had to accommodate what they wanted to be the best fit for their organizations, so I made the switch,” Jordan said.
Jordan, who checks in at 6”0” 185 lbs. and hails from Frisco, Texas, played in 46 games for the Lobos completing 205 of 397 passes (51.6%) for 3186 yards and 20 touchdowns. As a red shirt freshman in 2014 he played in 11 games (started in four) and led the team in passing. In 2015 he led the team to the Gildan New Mexico Bowl against Arizona.
His best season percentage wise 2016, leading the Lobos to a 9-4 record, a share of the Mountain Division title in the Mountain West Conference and a bowl victory. Jordan completed 53.3 percent of his passes, notching six touchdowns and four interceptions. He averaged 9.1 yards per attempt. He also averaged 6.5 yards per carry gaining 739 yards on 114 carries along with three touchdowns. Jordan was the Most Valuable Player in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl as he ran for a game high 81 yards on 13 carries in a 23-20 victory over the University of Texas San Antonio. It was the first bowl win for the Lobos since 2007. Jordan finished his career rushing for 2,501 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns.
“It was definitely fun,” Jordan said of his college experience. “At first going out there I thought, what did I get myself into, because you know I’m a Texas boy and New Mexico is” real different” from Texas. I was shell-shocked at first, but the players and coaches really bonded and in 2016 we had one of the best years out there. That was a year I’ll never forget because we just knew that it clicked and anybody who’s ever played football; when they know that the team clicks, its hard to stop them and they’re a real dangerous squad,” he said.
Pirates Owner and General Manager Jawad Yatim knows that Jordan will fit in nicely.
"All the experience he has as a quarterback is only going to benefit him as a receiver in my opinion. When players end up making that particular position change I believe they are able to see the field better, recognize a defense quicker, they should possess superior ball skills, and have a good understanding of how to run routes and why those routes are being run that way. As a quarterback it's all about being on the same page with your receivers and those little details certainly come into play when trying to execute at a high level as Lamar did when he was at New Mexico. I think it just comes down to having the athletic ability to be able to play the receiver position and Lamar certainly has that ability in my opinion. He would create when plays broke down and improvise, he's special in the open field so it'll be exciting to see what he can do when he gets up here in March for camp. I’m definitely glad to have him on board," Yatim said.
This will be Jordan’s first attempt at arena football, but he has many friends who have told him what to expect.
“I have a lot of teammates who have played in the Indoor Football League, the National Arena League and the Arena Football League, so it’s always been around me. I also played indoor football when I was a little kid after my outdoor seasons. I kind of always knew about arena football and if the opportunity came with the right coaching staff, the right situation, I always told myself I’d take it. I want to be a part of a professional team. I’m glad the Pirates came calling,” he added.
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