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Jets Will Have One International Player And Roster Exemption In 2019

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The New York Jets, along with the other three AFC East teams, will be allocated an international player by the NFL this year. Each year the NFL Pathway Program allocates to NFL teams a few international stars of other sports who wish to pursue an NFL career. Teams receiving a Pathway Program international player get a roster exemption, allowing them to carry 91 players on the off season roster and 11 players on the practice squad. If the international player does not make the team and is signed to the practice squad as the 11th practice squad player, he will not be eligible for promotion to the 53 man roster during the 2019 season.

Thus far only the Buffalo Bills have announced the international player allocated to them by the NFL in 2019. The Bills were allocated 27 year old rugby star Christian Wade, pictured at the top of this article. Wade is a former rugby star trying to make it as a 5’ 8”, 190 pound running back prospect who ran a 4.53 40 yard dash at his Pro Day.