Last month, we reviewed where ex-Jets were still playing around the league and their progress with their new teams. With the regular season about to get underway, it’s time to update on which players will be on other team’s rosters as the season gets underway and their expected contributions.
As ever, this list is intended to be exhaustive, but if we missed anyone, let us know in the comments.
No ex-Jets made the Bills’ roster but they did add defensive lineman Brandin Bryant and quarterback Davis Webb to their practice squad.
Veteran Jesse Davis retains his spot as the Dolphins’ starting right tackle, but the Dolphins also made a move for a couple of the Jets’ cuts, claiming defensive back Elijah Campbell on waivers and signing linebacker Milo Eifler to their practice squad.
There was some speculation that Henry Anderson was on the bubble in New England, but he made their roster after stuffing three runs in the last preseason game. The other ex-Jets all got cut, but Harvey Langi was re-signed to the active roster the next day and Matt LaCosse and Nick Folk landed on the practice squad.
The Steelers retained Kalen Ballage at running back, even though he wasn’t that productive in preseason. They also kept defensive back Arthur Maulet, but only after initially cutting him and then re-signing him the next day.
Despite a couple of missed kicks in the last preseason game, the Browns chose Chase McLaughlin to be their kicker. He joins Blake Hance on the 53-man roster. Hance is listed as the backup right guard.
The Browns also signed Jojo Natson, Chris Naggar and David Moore to their practice squad and added Connor Davis and Montrel Meander to injured reserve.
The Bengals didn’t have any ex-Jets in camp, but added one to their main roster when they claimed edge defender Wyatt Ray on waivers after he made some good contributions in preseason.
Tight end Eric Tomlinson had a touchdown catch in the last preseason game to boost his case for a roster spot. After initially releasing him, the Ravens signed him to their active roster the next day.
Sam Ficken had a sensational preseason as he made 13 of 13 kicks, which included a make from 58 yards, and was reportedly lights-out in practice too. Unsurprisingly, he won the Titans’ placekicker role.
The Titans also retained safeties Bradley McDougald and Matthias Farley and tight end Anthony Firkser and added a fifth ex-Jet to their active roster when they claimed Corey Levin off waivers.
BJ Bello and Trevon Coley remain on injured reserve.
Having released Ibraheim Campbell in final cuts, the Colts don’t have any ex-Jets on their roster, practice squad or injured reserve.
The Texans’ defense includes a bunch of ex-Jets, including Jordan Jenkins and Kevin Pierre-Louis who have been listed as starters.
Safety Terrance Brooks also made the roster after intercepting two passes in preseason. He joins linebacker Neville Hewitt in a reserve role.
The Texas also retained Andre Roberts to be their return specialist and signed Shyheim Carter to their practice squad.
Jacksonville signed two ex-Jets to their practice squad, including former second round pick, Devin Smith, who was signed right before the last preseason game and caught a long pass on his only target. They also added kicker/punter Kaare Vedvik.
The Chiefs didn’t retain any ex-Jets. Offensive lineman Wyatt Miller was released in final cuts.
The Raiders don’t have any ex-Jets either. Darron Lee was on injured reserve but was released with a settlement.
The Chargers retained Oday Aboushi and Tevaughn Campbell for their active roster, with Aboushi currently expected to start at guard. Campbell intercepted a pass in preseason to solidify his spot in their rotation.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and defensive lineman Shelby Harris will both start for the Broncos in 2021, while offensive lineman Calvin Anderson will provide depth off the bench. Cornerback Nate Hairston was signed to the practice squad.
Defensive lineman Leonard Williams is the only ex-Jet to end up on the active roster for the Giants and he’ll be looking to build on a solid 2020 season.
Defensive back Quincy Wilson was placed on injured reserve and special teamers Matt Cole and Jordyn Peters were signed to the practice squad.
Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback for Washington, who also retained defensive back Darryl Roberts and signed offensive lineman Jon Toth to their practice squad.
The Cowboys retained two ex-Jets on their roster; edge defender Tarell Basham and cornerback Maurice Canady. Cornerback Kyron Brown and tight end Ian Bunting were also signed to the practice squad.
Philadelphia kept Joe Flacco but it’s unclear how likely he is to play after they traded for Gardner Minshew to back up Jalen Hurts. The Eagles also have defensive back Blake Countess on injured reserve.
No ex-Jets made the Packers roster but they did re-sign tight end Bronson Kaufusi and offensive lineman Ben Braden to their practice squad.
The Bears ended up with six ex-Jets on their roster, including Breshad Perriman, who was claimed off waivers from the Lions.
Jeremiah Attaochu, Alec Ogletree and Marqui Christian will play backup roles on defense, while kicker Cairo Santos and long snapper Patrick Scales will help out on special teams.
The Vikings signed defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson but he’s currently listed as a reserve on their official depth chart. They also signed Parry Nickerson and Dakota Dozier to their practice squad.
The Lions had four ex-Jets receivers and a kicker on their roster, but none of them made the team. However, former Jets safety Godwin Igwebuike did make the team...as a running back. Following a position switch in the summer, he scored two preseason touchdowns to earn his spot.
The Bucs will get some veteran depth from three former Jets; nose tackle Steve McLendon, linebacker Kevin Minter and long snapper Zach Triner.
The big story for the Falcons as far as ex-Jets were concerned was offensive lineman Josh Andrews who won a starting role at guard. Unfortunately, he then broke his hand and is now on short-term injured reserve. The Falcons also retained linebacker Brandon Copeland for a reserve role.
Other than Demario Davis, the only other ex-Jet that was on the Saints roster after cuts was Ty Montgomery, who had a decent preseason after moving back to wide receiver. However, they are reportedly also going to add Trevor Siemian before the season to be their number two quarterback. New Orleans also has cornerback Brian Poole on injured reserve.
The Panthers will be the Jets’ first opponent this season with a lot of focus on the Sam Darnold-to-Robby Anderson connection. However, they are far from the only ex-Jets on the Panthers’ team.
Pat Elflein is the projected starter at left guard and Juston Burris was start at strong safety. Also, Frankie Luvu and Julian Stanford will provide linebacker depth. Luvu had an excellent preseason.
Carolina also added James Morgan to their practice squad.
Running back Raheem Mostert is expected to have a key role again for the 49ers and Tom Compton was retained for offensive line depth.
Jordan Willis had a productive preseason but begins the year on the suspended list. San Francisco also signed Corbin Kaufusi to their practice squad.
John Wolford didn’t play in preseason but has been retained as the Rams’ number two quarterback.
The Seahawks have a ton of ex-Jets, obviously headlined by Jamal Adams following his recent contract extension.
Tackle Brandon Shell and kicker Jason Myers will again play key roles, with Nick Bellore providing valuable contributions in all three phases.
Geno Smith was retained as Russell Wilson’s backup again and Kerry Hyder will provide depth on the edge. Seattle also put in a waiver claim for offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley and reports indicate they’re about to sign Blessuan Austin.
The Cardinals will start Kelvin Beachum at right tackle again and also retained Brian Winters to provide offensive line depth, although he didn’t play in preseason. They also signed receiver/return man Greg Dortch and tight end Ross Travis to their practice squad.
We’ll update you again during the season.