Updated, 6:25 p.m. ET
The Jets have brought aboard Sanjay Lal to be their wide receivers coach under head coach Rex Ryan and newly appointed offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
Lal most recently coached with Oakland from 2007 through this past season, the first two years as an offensive quality control assistant and the last three as the wideouts coach, until head coach Hue Jackson and his staff were dismissed by new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie.
Under Lal this season, Oakland’s wide receivers finished sixth in the NFL with an average of 15.0 yards per catch. Fourth-round rookie Denarius Moore ended the season with 18.7 yards per reception, fourth among all qualifying wide receivers in the NFL. In addition, former first-round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey totaled 64 receptions for 975 yards and four touchdowns, all career highs.
Lal, 42, who was born in London, England, played WR for UCLA in 1989 and Washington from 1990-92 — and in fact was a member of the Huskies’ ’92 national championship team and earned selection to the school’s athletic hall of fame.
He was on the St. Louis Rams roster in 1998 and also played for the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe in ’99. His college coaching stops included Los Medanos (Calif.) College in ’03, Saint Mary’s College in ’04 and California in ’05-06 before moving to the NFL.
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