With the season now over, it’s time to report back on how former Jets players performed this season with their new teams. Having looked at AFC teams last 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.
Leonard Williams had the best season of his career, racking up 11.5 sacks. He also had career highs in tackles for loss (14) and quarterback hits (30). He had just two tackles for loss in 2019. He’s now out of contract, though.
Eric Tomlinson played in one game for the team earlier in the season before being released.
Others: Jonotthan Harrison signed a futures deal with the team after the season was over. Quincy Wilson also signed a futures deal after having spent some time on the practice squad.
Kevin Pierre-Louis was a full-time starter for the first time in his career. He ended up with a career-high 56 tackles in 11 starts after having just four career starts entering the season. He did his best work in coverage.
Others: Kicker/punter Kaare Vedvik was on the practice squad and signed a futures deal only to then be released due to injury. Offensive lineman Mike Liedtke was eventually released from injured reserve.
Offensive tackle Eric Smith signed a futures deal after the season having been on the practice squad. He had been elevated for one game, but only played on special teams.
Cornerback Rashard Robinson joined the Cowboys in the middle of the season and ended up starting three games, but struggled as he got beaten for a couple of touchdowns.
Others: Elijah McGuire was on the practice squad earlier in the season but he has since been released.
Deontay Burnett spent most of the season on the practice squad, but was elevated for two games, during which he caught three passes for 19 yards.
Defensive back Blake Countess joined the team in December and was elevated from the practice squad for two games, during which he recorded three tackles.
Both Burnett and Countess signed futures deals with the Eagles at the end of the season.
James Burgess joined the team in the middle of the season but only saw action on special teams in four games. He recorded three special teams tackles, though. He ended up on injured reserve and is a free agent.
Parry Nickerson saw action briefly on special teams in one game but then got injured. He is a restricted free agent.
Ben Braden was on the practice squad for much of the year, then signed to the active roster in December. He was active for four regular season games and two playoff games, but played just four offensive snaps. He is under contract for 2021.
Damon Harrison was claimed by the Packers with one game left in the regular season. However, he had just one tackle in three games with the team, two of which were the first two postseason games of his career.
Others: Bronson Kaufusi signed a futures deal with the Packers after the end of the season.
Buster Skrine had a disappointing year as opposing quarterbacks had a rating of over 120 when targeting him. He gave up four scores and five penalties, then missed the last few games due to injury. He remains under contract for 2021.
On special teams, kicker Cairo Santos and long snapper Patrick Scales are both out of contract. Santos had a good year, missing just two field goals and one extra point. Scales had two tackles in kick coverage, one of which was in the postseason.
Safety Marqui Christian was on the practice squad and signed a futures deal after the season. He was elevated for the postseason loss to the Saints, playing one defensive snap.
Dakota Dozier started every game for the Vikings and led them in offensive snaps. However, he graded out poorly, giving up six sacks and nine penalties. He is out of contract.
Oday Aboushi ended up starting eight games for the Lions, including the last six of the season. He graded out well, giving up just one sack and four penalties.
Darryl Roberts was initially working in the slot, starting one early season game before getting injured. When he returned, he started four of the last five games. He gave up three touchdowns in coverage and had five penalties. Roberts ended up with 39 tackles, six passes defensed and an interception.
Both Aboushi and Roberts are out of contract at the end of the season.
Steve McLendon joined the team in a midseason trade, racking up 17 tackles, including two for a loss, in nine games. He added five tackles and three quarterback hits in the postseason.
Linebacker Kevin Minter started one game during the regular season but was mostly a special teamer. He ended up with 15 tackles. However, he started the first two postseason games, racking up 15 more tackles and two passes defensed. He was back on the bench for the NFC title game though.
The team’s long snapper Zach Triner was with the Jets during the 2017 offseason as an undrafted rookie.
Others: Drew Stanton finished up the season on the practice squad.
James Carpenter made 13 starts and, impressively, didn’t have any penalties. He gave up three sacks and graded out poorly as a run blocker.
Linebacker Edmond Robinson played in 13 games and racked up 15 tackles. He was mostly just used on special teams but did played some rotational reps.
Others: Shyheim Carter and JJ Wilcox were on the practice squad but were released. Greg Dortch signed to the practice squad right before the end of the season and then signed a futures deal in January.
Demario Davis had another big season for the Saints with 119 tackles and four sacks, but once again wasn’t voted to the pro bowl. Davis was an all-pro in 2019 but still hasn’t been a pro bowler.
The highlight of the season for Ty Montgomery was when he rushed for 105 yards against the Panthers with Alvin Kamara out. Otherwise, he didn’t get to play much with just 59 yards on 10 touches in the rest of the season and playoffs. He is out of contract.
Others: Tight end Jason Vander Laan opted out before the season. Trevor Siemian was on the practice squad for a while but didn’t play.
Wide receiver Robby Anderson ended up in the top 10 in the league for pass receptions with 95. He posted his first thousand-yard season with 1,096 yards and three touchdowns.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had a decent season, but the Panthers could still look to move on from him in the offseason. He completed 69 percent of his passes - good for fifth best in the NFL - and accounted for 20 touchdowns (15 passing and five rushing). However, he threw 11 interceptions and only won four starts.
Trenton Cannon only had 49 yards on 13 touches on offense but made some excellent contributions on special teams. He had six tackles in kick coverage and averaged almost 30 yards per kickoff return with a longest return of 98 yards.
Juston Burris started 12 games at safety, racking up 53 tackles, four passes defensed and an interception.
Linebacker Julian Stanford mostly played on special teams, racking up 10 total tackles in 16 games. He’s the only one of these five players who is out of contract.
Others: Trumaine Johnson was on their practice squad briefly but did not play.
The 49ers traded for Jordan Willis in the middle of the season and he was productive for them with 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks for them in just seven games. His contract expired at the end of the season.
Raheem Mostert is under contract for 2021 on the third year of a three-year deal. In just eight games, Mostert rushed for 521 yards and two touchdowns and caught 16 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown. He had a 76-yard touchdown catch in week one and then an 80-yard touchdown run against the Jets in week two, but his season was cut short due to injuries.
Kerry Hyder was a player who stepped up on the edge with Nick Bosa injured. He started a career high 14 games and racked up 49 tackles and 8.5 sacks off the edge. He’ll be a free agent this offseason.
Guards Tom Compton spent most of the year as a reserve but started three games towards the end of the year before spending some time on injured reserve. He played quite well, with just one penalty and no sacks surrendered but is now out of contract.
Offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley was on the practice squad during the season and signed a futures deal in January. He was elevated for one game, making his NFL debut but just playing on special teams.
Others: Josh Johnson and Corbin Kaufusi both signed futures deals. Johnson was on the practice squad during the season but did not play.
Jachai Polite played in 11 games with the Rams, registering four tackles and a sack. However, he was released to the practice squad late in the season and then released outright during the playoffs. He wasn’t signed to a futures deal by any team.
John Wolford spent the year as the Rams’ backup quarterback and saw the first action of his career in the season finale due to Jared Goff’s injured thumb. He played quite well, passing for 231 yards and leading the team to an 18-7 win over the Cardinals. He then started the first preseason game only to get knocked out and replaced by Goff after having thrown just six passes.
Safety Jamal Adams went to his third consecutive pro bowl, but did not have his best season as he was banged up for much of it and struggled in coverage. His statistical production was good though, with 83 tackles and 9.5 sacks in 12 games.
Brandon Shell did well as the Seahawks’ starting right tackle although he had some issues with a knee injury down the stretch, causing him to miss five starts. He ended the regular season with just four penalties and three sacks surrendered but then made his return in the wild card game and had two penalties and was beaten for another sack.
Kicker Jason Myers had a great season but was a controversial pro bowl snub after making all 24 of his field goal attempts. He did miss four extra points though.
Geno Smith saw his only action of the year when he replaced Russell Wilson in garbage time at the end of the blowout win over the Jets. He completed four of five passes for 33 yards but was sacked once.
Nick Bellore earned the first pro bowl selection of his career for his play on special teams. The fullback racked up 14 tackles and a fumble recovery. On offense, he had 14 yards on two touches.
Of these five, Bellore and Smith are the only two not under contract for 2021.
Others: Harrison recorded nine tackles and a forced fumble in six games with Seattle before joining the Packers. Brad Lundblade spent time on the practice squad and signed a futures deal after the season.
Kelvin Beachum did quite well at right tackle, starting every game and surrendering just three sacks, two of which came right at the end of the season. He committed five penalties. His contract has now expired because he was only on a one-year deal.
Mike Nugent was signed to the practice squad in December and was elevated to play the final four games of the season. He made 14 of 15 kicks, missing a field goal in the season finale, but is out of contract.
Others: Kicker Brett Maher, who didn’t play all year, signed a futures deal after spending time on three different practice squads during the season.