The New York Jets have begun concocting their 10-player practice squad.
Jet Fuel will update this page instantly with whom the Jets elect to sign to their practice squad and analysis of each player.
Update: It was originally reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that former Seahawks fifth-round pick Alex Collins, a running back, would sign with the Jets’ practice squad. Collins has instead opted to join the Ravens’ practice squad.
1. Geoff Gray, OL
Gray comes from Canada by way of Green Bay. He’s listed on the NFL’s website as an offensive guard standing 6-foot-5, 315 pounds. Gray, 22, played at the University of Manitoba and was drafted eighth overall in the 2017 CFL Draft by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but he wanted to try to ply his trade in the American league and signed with the Packers in April.
The news was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein.
2. Frank Beltre, LB
Beltre is the first player this year who spent training camp in Florham Park to sign with the Jets’ practice squad. The news was first reported by SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.
3. JoJo Natson, WR
After the Jets claimed two wide receivers off waivers, they continued stocking up on new players at that position. Natson spent camp with the Indianapolis Colts after coming out of Akron undrafted. Not surprisingly, Natson has experience as a punt return specialist, as the Jets continue to sort out exactly what to do at that position. Natson is 5-foot-7 and 153 pounds, and would become the smallest player to appear in a regular season since 5-foot-7 Brandon Banks in 2012 should he make a roster and play in a game.
The news was first reported by Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, who said Natson’s agent announced the move.
4. Ben Braden, OL
Back to the Jets who stayed in the facility, Braden was an undrafted rookie out of Michigan who signed with the Jets in May. Offensive line depth is never a bad thing, so he makes the practice squad, after never standing out in camp or preseason. This was reported by Rich Cimini.
5. Deon Simon, DL
Simon missing the 53-man roster came as a bit of a shock to Jets followers, as the team opted to keep interior linemen Steve McLendon, Mike Pennel AND Claude Pelon instead of Simon. However, Simon rejoins the team as a practice squad participant. Simon was the Jets’ seventh-round pick in 2015. This news also came as part of Rich Cimini’s recent update.
6. Xavier Coleman, CB
Along with Braden, Simon and Beltre, Coleman also stays in Florham Park after missing the 53-man roster. The cornerback went undrafted out of Portland State.
7. Patrick Gamble, DL
8. Terrell Sinkfield, CB
9. Freddie Bishop, OLB
10. Marcus Murphy, RB/KR