With training camp scheduled to get underway this week, it’s time to update on which former Jets players are on other teams’ rosters. We’ll divide this into two parts, looking at AFC teams today and NFC teams later this week.
As ever, this list is intended to be exhaustive, but if we missed anyone, let us know in the comments.
Bills: OL Spencer Long and WR/RS Andre Roberts were two pick-ups from last year that didn’t have much of an impact (despite Roberts’ inexplicable invitation to play in the pro bowl as an injury replacement). Long played 173 snaps but didn’t start any games.
Also: QB Davis Webb, Kaare Vedvik (now listed as a punter)
Dolphins: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick remains with the team, although he’ll perhaps be in more of a mentor role with Tua Tagovailoa having been drafted to compete with and presumably replace Josh Rosen. Since not even sniffing a roster spot with the Jets in 2016, OL Jesse Davis has started 41 games for Miami, including 15 last year.
Patriots: DE/LB Brandon Copeland was an offseason pickup as New England continues to raid the Jets’ defensive depth. Last year, they picked up S Terrence Brooks, among others, and he remains with the team too. TE Matt LaCosse, another preseason cast-off back in 2015, started eight games last year. However, he is another player that has chosen to opt out for 2020.
Also: WR Quincy Adeboyejo
Steelers: S John Battle is the only ex-Jet on Pittsburgh’s roster right now. He was signed as an undrafted free agent last year but got released in June.
Released since the end of the season: WR/RS Quadree Henderson
Browns: DL Sheldon Richardson remains with Cleveland after last year, marking the first time he’s remained with a team at the end of a season since he left the Jets in 2016. In addition to Richardson, the Browns picked up another return specialist in Jojo Natson from the Rams and veteran safety Andrew Sendejo, who was briefly on the Jets’ roster as a rookie.
Also: Montrel Meander (now listed as a LB)
Released since the end of the season: DL Brandin Bryant
Bengals: The only ex-Jets on the Bengals are K Randy Bullock and LB Austin Calitro. Bullock played eight games with the Jets in 2015. Calitro was an undrafted rookie that didn’t make the Jets’ roster but has started nine games with the Seahawks and Jaguars in his first year.
Ravens: The Ravens are one of just three teams (not including the Jets themselves) that don’t have any ex-Jets on their roster.
Titans: TE Anthony Firkser, a camp cast-off, has been a solid rotational tight end in his first two years in Tennessee, with his two postseason touchdowns perhaps teasing a potential breakout. They have two other ex-Jets who played three games between them for New York; WR/RS Kalif Raymond and S Ibraheim Campbell.
Released since the end of the season: LB Jordan Williams
Colts: The only ex-Jets on the Colts roster are TE Ian Bunting and OL Brandon Hitner. Bunting spent 23 days on the practice squad in September and Hitner spent 16 days on it in October.
Texans: OL Brent Qvale spent six years with the Jets and started 15 games as an injury replacement. He’ll provide Houston with some depth. Their only other ex-Jet is a former draft pick, WR Chad Hansen. The Texans are Hansen’s sixth team but he hasn’t played since leaving the Jets after his rookie year.
Jaguars: A couple of ex-Jets defensive backs will be looking to earn a roster spot in Jacksonville. Undrafted safety Doug Middleton started four games as a Jet, while CB Parry Nickerson was a disappointing late round pick. Nickerson has been added to the Covid-19 reserve list.
Released since the end of the season: WR Charone Peake
Chiefs: Like a number of ex-Jets, DL Mike Pennel won a Super Bowl ring last year, although he was the only one actually active for the big game. RB Elijah McGuire, who was on their practice squad at the time, is back on a futures contract. Kansas City also added Kelechi Osemele on Saturday night after their starting right guard announced he was opting out of the 2020 season.
Vegas: Like the Ravens, the Raiders have no ex-Jets on their roster right now either.
Chargers: The Chargers’ two ex-Jets are DB Tevaughn Campbell who was with the team in camp last year and Darius Jennings, who was signed after making some contributions as a reserve with the Titans over the past few years.
Broncos: Denver has regularly raided the Jets for project offensive linemen over the last few years by bringing in Calvin Anderson, Tyler Jones and Nico Falah. Falah was released on Monday though. They also re-signed their two contributing ex-Jets; DL Shelby Harris and EDGE Jeremiah Attaochu.
Also released since the end of the year: S Tyvis Powell
We’ll be back with a breakdown of the ex-Jets on NFC teams’ rosters later this week.