It’s now time to provide another update on how former Jets that are still in the NFL are faring with their current team. With the season over, we’re going to start by reviewing how any ex-Jets that spent time on another team’s active roster fared during the 2019 season.
As ever, this list is intended to be exhaustive, but if we missed anyone, let us know in the comments.
- Spencer Long, C, Buffalo
Long didn’t start a game for the Bills this year, but was a valuable reserve who played 40 or more snaps in three different games. He gave up one sack and had zero penalties while playing all of his reps at guard.
- Andre Roberts, WR/KR/PR, Buffalo
The controversial decision to let Roberts walk led to much debate last year but he failed to replicate last year’s pro bowl performance. He averaged just eight yards per punt return, but was more effective on kick-offs. His 26.6 yards per return was good for fourth place in the NFL. On offense, Roberts caught just three passes.
- Terrence Brooks, S, New England
Brooks didn’t start a game all year, but played a career-high 274 snaps for New England and recorded a career-best 24 tackles. He also intercepted a pass against the Jets and contributed on special teams, but also got beaten for a touchdown in their playoff loss to Tennessee.
- Darron Lee, LB, Kansas City
Lee played just 161 snaps all season in a rotational role. He was in the starting line-up just twice but struggled when he did play, especially in coverage where he gave up 18 catches on 18 targets. He was, however, productive on special teams with eight tackles in kick coverage.
- Morris Claiborne, CB, Kansas City
Claiborne missed the first four games on the suspended list and then moved into a rotational role which saw him make just one start. He held up reasonably well in coverage, but did have three penalties. Claiborne has missed the past month or so with a shoulder injury but could be back for the postseason.
- Buster Skrine, CB, Chicago
Skrine played a key role with the Bears but didn’t play well enough to make the Jets regret replacing him with Brian Poole. His coverage numbers were similar to last year with the Jets, but he surprisingly only had one penalty all year. He did struggle with missed tackles at times, though.
- Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, Chicago
Pierre-Louis was mostly just a special teamer for most of the season, but saw plenty of playing time down the stretch, including three starts in a row to end the season. When he did play on defense, Pierre-Louis was outstanding, especially in coverage. He gave up just 82 yards on 21 targets and intercepted one pass.
- Dakota Dozier, G, Minnesota
Dozier was a valuable reserve for the Vikings this year, making four starts and playing four different positions. He graded out below average, though, giving up two sacks and two penalties over the course of the season.
- James Carpenter, G, Atlanta
Carpenter started 11 games for the Falcons before going on injured reserve with a concussion. He graded out poorly though, with the lowest ranking of his career according to Pro Football Focus. Carpenter gave up four sacks and seven penalties.
- Jason Myers, K, Seattle
Like Roberts, Myers was the subject of much debate when the Jets opted to let him go. While he was better than Sam Ficken, he failed to live up to last season, making just 82 percent of his field goals after having made 92 percent with the Jets. In all, Myers missed nine kicks, having missed six last year.
- Julian Stanford, LB, Buffalo
Stanford remains a core special teamer for the Bills, but didn’t play on defense until the season finale where he got reps with his teammates resting. Stanford had five special teams tackles on the year.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami
Fitzpatrick started 13 games, winning five of them. Four of those five wins saw him complete a game-winning drive and three were fourth quarter comebacks. He ended up with over 3,500 yards and 20 touchdowns, with only 13 interceptions, and added another four touchdowns on the ground.
- Randy Bullock, K, Cincinnati
Bullock had a strong year with the Bengals and arguably one of the best of his career. He ended up making 27 of 31 field goals and only missing one extra point.
- Sheldon Richardson, DL, Cleveland
Richardson started 15 games and had a solid year for the Browns, although he only registered three sacks. He did set career-highs with three forced fumbles and four passes defensed, though.
- Troymaine Pope, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Pope had mixed results in a reserve role with the Chargers, scoring his first NFL touchdown on a pass reception, but ultimately only contributing 34 yards on 12 touches. On special teams he only averaged 20.5 yards per kick-off return and had six fair catches and a muff on his only seven punts. He added four tackles in kick coverage.
- Devin Smith, WR, Dallas
Smith got off to a decent start with the Cowboys, making five catches including a long touchdown in the first month. However, he was a healthy scratch for most of the rest of the season because he wasn’t contributing on special teams, then picked up a knee injury late in the year.
- Oday Aboushi, OL, Detroit
Aboushi only played 33 snaps in the first 14 games, but started the last two for the Lions. He didn’t give up a sack, but did have one penalty.
- Damon Harrison, DT, Detroit
Harrison was said to be contemplating retirement after a tough year that saw him battling multiple injuries. Harrison only missed one start and ended up the year with 49 tackles, two sacks and three passes defensed. He still graded out as an above-average player but this was a big drop-off from the elite level he had played at for most of his career.
- Demario Davis, LB, New Orleans
Davis continues to establish himself as a top-level linebacker as he was named as an all-pro for the first time. He was a pro bowl snub though. Davis ended the season with 111 tackles, four sacks and a career-high 12 passes defensed.
- Geno Smith, QB, Seattle
Seattle remains a Russell Wilson injury away from having to rely on Smith running a Brian Schottenheimer offense, but managed to navigate the entire season without him needing any reps. Despite being active all year, Smith’s biggest contribution was his involvement in a coin-toss scandal.
- Nick Bellore, FB/LB, Seattle
Bellore remains on the roster mainly for his special teams contributions and had six tackles in kick coverage again this season. However, he still occasionally gets reps at fullback and even caught a short touchdown pass two weeks ago.
- Jojo Natson, WR/RS, Los Angeles Rams
Natson, who missed the last month after going on injured reserve, had an underwhelming season in a return role. He averaged 22.2 yards per kick-off return with a longest of 35 and less than eight yards per punt return. Natson didn’t play any offensive snaps for the second straight season.
- Josh McCown, QB, Philadelphia
McCown barely played in the regular season, completing just 3-of-5 passes for 24 yards, although he was almost called into emergency wide receiver duties down the stretch. However, he was called upon to make his first postseason appearance in the loss to Seattle. McCown played quite well but was sacked on 4th-and-7 with a chance to tie the score late. He ended up with 174 passing yards, having completed 18 of 24 passes. He also added 23 rushing yards.
- Eric Tomlinson, TE, New York Giants/New England/Oakland
Tomlinson played for three different teams but only caught one pass for one yard. He also added one tackle in kick coverage. His blocking was solid and he only had one penalty.
- Deontay Burnett, WR, Philadelphia
After being released from San Francisco’s practice squad, Burnett caught on with the Eagles and was activated for the season finale against the Giants. He caught two passes, including a 41-yarder.
- Doug Middleton, S, Miami/Jacksonville
Middleton played for two teams this season. With Miami, he played 16 defensive snaps but missed his only tackle attempt. He had two special teams tackles with the Jaguars.
- Marcus Gilchrist, S, Detroit/Jacksonville
Having not seen any action with the Lions, Gilchrist played in a reserve role in three games with the Jaguars. He had two tackles and a missed tackle on defense.
- Nick Folk, K, New England
Folk made 16 of 19 field goals with New England but was perfect on extra points. He didn’t kick off for them though. Folk also missed a few weeks due to appendix surgery.
- Parry Nickerson, CB, Jacksonville
After spending time on the Seahawks’ practice squad, Nickerson was added to the Jaguars’ active roster on two occasions. He made three tackles in kick coverage and started the season finale, in which he gave up just one catch.
- Elijah McGuire, RB, Cleveland
McGuire was briefly on the Browns’ active roster but was inactive. He spent the second half of the year on the Chiefs’ practice squad.
- Ibraheim Campbell, S, Green Bay
Campbell was activated off the PUP list and made three starts down the stretch, as well as contributing on special teams. He ended the regular season with 14 tackles and a forced fumble.
- Clive Walford, TE, Miami
Walford made three starts, catching four passes for 57 yards with Miami. However, he also dropped three passes and had two special teams penalties.
- Leonard Williams, DL, New York Giants
Williams had no tackles for loss, no sacks, no forced fumbles and only five quarterback hits when the Jets traded him after seven games. After the trade, he had two tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, a forced fumble and 11 quarterback hits. However, whether the Giants will fork over big money to retain him remains to be seen.
- Mike Pennel, DL, Kansas City
After being released in final cuts with New England, Pennel ended up joining the Chiefs at midseason and did a solid job in a rotational role, especially against the run. He also had one sack.
- Juston Burris, DB, Oakland/Cleveland
After lasting less than a week with the Raiders, Burris went back to the Browns and surprisingly turned in the most effective season of his career. Having moved to safety, he set career highs in tackles (30), passes defensed (7), interception (2), tackles for loss (2), quarterback hits (2) and sacks (1).
- Jeremiah Attaochu, EDGE, Denver
Attaochu was ineffective in a reserve role for most of the season, but became a starter over the last five weeks and stepped up his play. He ended up with 3.5 sacks in the last four games.
- Mike Nugent, K, New England
Nugent signed with the Patriots in October but didn’t make it to November as he missed four kicks, including three field goals, in four games.
- Kalif Raymond, WR/PR, Tennessee
Raymond made some surprising contributions with the Titans after being signed to the active roster at midseason. He caught nine passes for 170 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown. On special teams, he averaged 22.4 yards per kick-off return, returned four punts for 45 yards and had three tackles in kick coverage.
- Jordan Leggett, TE, Cleveland
Leggett was on the Browns’ active roster for several weeks but was a healthy scratch and then ended up being released to the practice squad and signing a futures deal after the season.