We’ve been reviewing how former Jets have been faring with their new teams. In this final installment, we’re going to review some ex-Jets who didn’t spend time on any team’s active roster during 2019 but have been on a practice squad, injured reserve or recently signed a futures deal for 2020:
Former Jets signed to futures deals
- Tyler Jones OL Denver
- Davis Webb QB Buffalo
- Jachai Polite OLB Los Angeles Rams
- John Battle S Tampa Bay
- Brandin Bryant DL Cleveland
- Jordan Leggett TE Tampa Bay
- John Wolford QB Los Angeles Rams
- Greg Dortch WR/PR Carolina
- Tevaughn Campbell CB Los Angeles Chargers
- Brandin Bryant DT Cleveland
- Charone Peake WR Jacksonville
- Tim White WR/PR New Orleans
- Marcus Murphy RB/PR/KR Carolina
- Ian Bunting TE Indianapolis
- Kaare Vedvik PK Buffalo
- Quadree Henderson WR/PR Carolina
- Tyvis Powell S Denver
- Montrel Meander S Cleveland
- Brandon Hitner OL Indianapolis
- Chad Hansen WR Houston
- Quincy Adeboyejo WR New England
Former Jets on IR or PUP/NFI
- Isaiah Crowell RB Oakland
- JJ Wilcox S Atlanta
- Mike Liedtke OL Tampa Bay
- Destiny Vaeao DL Carolina
- Josh Martin OLB New Orleans
- Michael Hunter CB Kansas City
- Terrelle Pryor WR Jacksonville
- Ben Ijalana T Jacksonville
- Nico Falah C Denver
- Jermaine Kearse WR Detroit
- Charles Johnson WR Philadelphia
- Matt Simms QB Atlanta
Former Jets released on or before final cuts and as yet unsigned
- Derrick Jones CB Green Bay/Houston
- Brandon Wilds RB San Francisco
- Wesley Johnson C San Fransisco
- Will Tye TE Philadelphia
- Thomas Rawls RB Jacksonville
- DeAngelo Yancey WR Tennessee
- Rishard Matthews WR New Orleans
- Jake Ceresna DL New York Giants
- Tre McBride WR Jacksonville
- Obum Gwacham OLB Indianapolis
- Charcandrick West RB Indianapolis
- Deon Simon DL Green Bay
- Tommy Bohanon FB Green Bay
- Shamarko Thomas S Denver
- Bruce Carter LB Atlanta
- Ronald Martin S Atlanta
- Vladimir Ducasse OL Buffalo
- Dimitri Flowers FB Jacksonville
- Darius James OL Washington
- Harold Jones-Quartey CB Kansas City
Former Jets who spent time on practice squads during the season but are currently unsigned
- Anthony Johnson DT Los Angeles Chargers
- De’Angelo Henderson RB Philadelphia
- Dieugot Joseph OL Philadelphia
- Antonio Garcia OL Miami
- Wes Saxton TE Seattle
- Zach Sterup OL Miami
OL Wyatt Miller was added to the Cowboys active roster right before the season finale and is signed through 2021. We missed this in our previous update.
RB Elijah McGuire remains on the Chiefs’ practice squad and will be a candidate to get a futures deal either next week or after the Super Bowl, if the Chiefs make it.
As usual, there was a lot of guys the Jets cut ties with this year or who have been with the team in the recent past that did absolutely nothing this season. We’ll no doubt see many of these in the XFL during the offseason.
Some high profile losses like Darron Lee, Spencer Long and Andre Roberts also had extremely disappointing years, so the Jets won’t have suffered much in the way of buyer’s remorse.
Still there are always a few guys contributing who perhaps could have still helped the Jets. Most of the 2018 Jets didn’t do much, with Buster Skrine probably being the main stand-out from an underwhelming group, albeit still not as good as Brian Poole was in his place.
Demario Davis just got named as an all-pro so he’s probably the most successful recent ex-Jet. Players like Sheldon Richardson, Kevin Pierre-Louis and Jeremiah Attaochu have also been contributing too and former draft pick Juston Burris had a strong second half of the year.
The most interesting player to follow over the next few years, though, will probably be Leonard Williams. He played reasonably well for the Giants, but his inability to increase the number of impact plays he was making probably means the Jets are feeling pretty good about deciding his big-money salary wasn’t worth it.
In terms of players the Jets once had but got rid of before they got a chance, Raheem Mostert, Shelby Harris and Anthony Firkser have been some of the most successful and are showing that they perhaps could have broken out if they got their shot here.
Hopefully the Jets’ new regime will have better success in retaining and developing some of their own promising youngsters.