Hilliard was a sixth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2008 and played under current Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano when he was Miami's head coach. The signing Tuesday gives the Jets depth at fullback with John Conner possibly unavailable Monday night against Houston because of a hamstring injury.
Hilliard has rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns and caught 26 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns in 48 NFL games. He spent the summer with Minnesota before being cut, and signed with New England in September but was waived two weeks later.
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