New York Jets Sign Kalispell’s Hilliard

By Beacon Staff

Kalispell native Lex Hilliard is joining his former coach in New York.

The New York Jets signed Hilliard on Tuesday, reuniting the former Miami Dolphin with Tony Sparano, the Jets offensive coordinator and former Miami head coach who drafted Hilliard out of Montana in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Hilliard is slated to become New York’s starting fullback in place of injured John Conner. The Jets play Houston on Monday Night Football, Oct. 8.

Hilliard has played in 48 NFL games with four starts and has rushed for 340 total yards and four touchdowns. After being cut by Minnesota this summer New England signed Hilliard in early September. The Patriots waived him two weeks later.

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