We’ve been reviewing how ex-Jets fared with their new teams during the 2019 season. Today, we’re now going to review those players who never played for the Jets in regular season action but have been on their practice squad or spent time on their active roster during the offseason:
- Jesse Davis, OL, Miami
Davis started 15 games for Miami at both tackle positions and had another inconsistent season. He gave up four sacks and was penalized four times.
- Matt LaCosse, TE, New England
LaCosse started eight games for the Patriots, including the last five. He caught 13 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown but also had a couple of drops and was inconsistent as a blocker.
- Darius Jennings, WR, Tennessee
Jennings didn’t have much of an impact with the Titans, catching just two passes for 17 yards and averaging less than 22 yards per kick-off return. He had three tackles in kick coverage, though.
- Anthony Firkser, TE, Tennessee
Firkser did a decent job as the Titans’ back-up tight end this year, catching 14 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown. Five of those receptions went for 20 yards or more. Firkser had two catches including a vital touchdown in the Titans’ postseason win over New England.
- Shelby Harris, DL, Denver
Harris started all 16 games for the Broncos and put up career-highs in tackles (49), sacks (six) and passes defensed (nine). He also had the first forced fumble of his career and broke up the two-point conversion in the season finale to preserve the win over Oakland.
- Kerry Hyder, DL, Dallas
Hyder played over 400 snaps in a reserve role and, although he only registered 17 tackles and one sack, he posted the best grade of his career so far against the run.
- Andrew Sendejo, S, Philadelphia/Minnesota
Sendejo didn’t have much of an impact with the Eagles, for whom he made one start. However, his return to the Vikings saw him come up with two interceptions in six games. Overall, he made three starts and had 45 tackles, a sack and three interceptions.
- Patrick Scales, LS, Chicago
Scales remains the Bears’ long snapper and had a solid year with only a couple of mistakes. He recorded two tackles in kick coverage.
- Josh Johnson, QB, Detroit
The Lions released Johnson in mid-September before he had a chance to play and then, when he tried to re-sign him in November, the XFL blocked them from doing so because Johnson is under contract with their Los Angeles Wildcats franchise.
- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, New Orleans
Bridgewater held the fort nicely while Drew Brees was injured, going 5-0 in his five starts. He posted a quarterback rating of just under 100 with nine touchdowns and only two interceptions, with his best game being a 314-yard, four touchdown effort against the Bucs.
- Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco
Mostert has developed into a productive back with the 49ers and he had a career year in 2019. He ended up with almost 800 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns. That included a 146-yard rushing performance against Baltimore and seven rushing touchdowns in the last six games.
- Dee Delaney, CB, Washington
Delaney, who was with the Jets in preseason, saw brief action in the season finale, although he only played two defensive snaps.
- Jerome Cunningham, TE, Washington
Cunningham saw action in two games this year but didn’t make any meaningful contributions and then landed on injured reserve.
- Brian Parker, TE, New Orleans
Parker was signed to the Saints active roster during the season, but did not play as he only lasted three days with the team.
- Cairo Santos, K, Tennessee
Santos lasted just five games with the Titans as he made only four of his nine field goal attempts. He was perfect on 12 extra points, though.
- Calvin Anderson, T, Denver
The rookie Anderson was poached from the Jets’ practice squad but was a healthy scratch all year as the Broncos stashed him on their active roster.
- Stephone Anthony, LB, New Orleans
Anthony only played 24 defensive snaps after re-joining the Saints, although he did make one start and recorded one tackle. He played a lot on special teams, but didn’t make any meaningful contributions.
- Austin Calitro, LB, Jacksonville
Calitro made four starts with the Jaguars, including the last three games of the season, to end the year with 40 tackles, a sack and a pass defensed. He struggled in coverage.
- Jason Vander Laan, TE, New Orleans
Vander Laan played in two games with the Saints but didn’t make any meaningful contributions and ended up on injured reserve with a concussion.
- Tevaughn Campbell, CB, Los Angeles Chargers
Campbell had two stints on the Chargers’ active roster but was inactive each time. He ended up back on the practice squad and signed a futures deal after the season.
- Kevin Minter, LB, Tampa Bay
Minter began the year as a starter but barely played on defense after week five. He ended the season with 34 tackles, including three on special teams, and two passes defensed.
- Eric Smith, OT, New York Giants
Smith had a rough game in his NFL debut against the Jets, as he gave up five quarterback hits, including three sacks. Other than that game, he only played three offensive snaps all year.
- Greg Dortch, WR/PR, Carolina/Los Angeles Rams
Dortch saw action in two games with the Panthers returning four punts and five kick-offs. He averaged seven yards per punt return and 23.8 yards on kick-offs. Dortch did not see any time on offense and was later released. He ended up on the Rams’ practice squad and signed a futures deal with them after the season.
- Brandin Bryant, DL, Cleveland
Bryant played in four games, the first of his career, and recorded three tackles and one pressure. He was subsequently released to the practice squad and signed a futures deal to remain in Cleveland at the end of the season.
In our third and final installment, we’ll update you on ex-Jets who spent time on practice squads during the year, or who signed a futures deal after the season and share our final conclusions.