With training camp scheduled to get underway this week, it’s time to update on which former Jets players are on other teams’ rosters. Having looked at AFC teams earlier this week, we’ll be looking at NFC teams today.
As ever, this list is intended to be exhaustive, but if we missed anyone, let us know in the comments.
Giants: DL Leonard Williams will play under the franchise tag as he seeks to build on an underwhelming first half-season with the Giants. Blocking TE Eric Tomlinson and OL Eric Smith, who saw his first NFL action in the loss to the Jets, will compete for a spot. Finally, K Chandler Catanzaro came out of retirement to sign for them on Sunday.
Washington: Washington’s highest profile ex-Jet is LB/STer Kevin Pierre-Louis, who they picked up from the Bears. They also added OL Michael Liedtke recently.
Released since the end of the year: Dee Delaney
Cowboys: CB Maurice Canady started a few times at the end of last year and fared pretty well, so would have been an interesting player to watch this year. However, he just opted out of the 2020 season. WR Devin Smith continues to try to resurrect his career after his 2019 season saw him mostly inactive as a healthy scratch.
Also: OL Wyatt Miller
Eagles: While the Jets have front office connections with the Colts, Ravens and Eagles and have picked up many players from those three organizations, there haven’t been many going in the other direction. WR Deontay Burnett is the Eagles’ only ex-Jet.
Packers: The Packers are the only NFC team without an ex-Jet on their roster.
Bears: CB Buster Skrine had a pretty decent first year in Chicago, where he surprisingly was only flagged for one defensive penalty. The Jets are no doubt happy with Brian Poole as his replacement anyway.
Also: LS Patrick Scales
Vikings: Former fourth round draft pick Dakota Dozier returns for Minnesota having started four games at guard in his first year with the team.
Lions: The Lions picked up DB Darryl Roberts during the offseason. It will be interesting to see if they consider trying him at safety. OL Oday Aboushi is back having made two starts last year and is another former draft pick who has stuck around long after leaving the Jets.
Bucs: TE Jordan Leggett, a former draft pick, followed Todd Bowles to Tampa Bay but was released by them on Thursday. He has yet to play in a game since leaving the Jets. Tampa also has veteran LB Kevin Minter, who was with the Jets in preseason in 2018.
Falcons: OL James Carpenter was starting for Atlanta last year until he missed the last five games with a concussion and he’s back for the second year of his four-year deal. Atlanta also recently added LB Edmond Robinson.
Saints: RB Ty Montgomery joins the Saints after a disappointing year as Le’Veon Bell’s understudy. Of course, LB Demario Davis has really established himself there in recent seasons and was a first-team all-pro last season.
Also: TE Jason Vander Laan (opted out of the 2020 season).
Released since the end of last season: WR Tim White
Panthers: WR Robby Anderson is the Jets’ biggest departure from the 2019 team and he’s reuniting with a quarterback who was in camp with him in 2018 in Teddy Bridgewater. Carolina also signed Juston Burris to a two-year deal. Since moving to safety, Burris has made an impact, starting nine games with the Browns last season. On Tuesday, the Panthers claimed RB/ST Trenton Cannon off waivers. It will be interesting to see if he’s healthy enough to contribute.
Released since the end of last season: RB/RS Marcus Murphy
49ers: San Francisco brought in one of last year’s Jets for depth when they signed OL Tom Compton in free agency. They also have two players who have played for the Jets in preseason; DL Kerry Hyder and RB Raheem Mostert. Mostert, who played a big role last season, just signed an extension having previously requested a trade.
Rams: The Rams are giving another shot to last year’s third round pick Jachai Polite, who didn’t see any NFL regular season action as a rookie. They also have QB John Wolford on their roster. Wolford played in preseason for the Jets in 2018.
Released since the end of the season: WR/RS Greg Dortch
Seahawks: After the Jets signed George Fant, Seattle responded by bringing in Brandon Shell at a fraction of the cost. Those two could be interesting to compare this season. Seattle also has some familiar names on their roster in K Jason Myers, QB Geno Smith, and FB Nick Bellore. Finally, they just added a guy named Jamal Adams in a transaction you may have read about.
Cardinals: Last but not least, Arizona signed OT Kelvin Beachum last week. He’s unlikely to be handed a starting role but should provide them with some solid depth.
In addition to the players we’ve named, there are still plenty of ex-Jets who are currently without a team. These include the likes of Darron Lee, Rontez Miles and Lachlan Edwards.
Ordinarily, we would update you on how these players fared in preseason, but we’ll at least return with an update on which of these players ended up making the main roster, landed on practice squads or got picked up by other teams once we get to cutdowns.