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how former Jets that are still in the NFL are faring with their current team. We previously kept tabs on this throughout preseason and then updated you..."It’s now time to provide a final update on how former Jets that are still in the NFL are faring with their current team. We previously kept tabs on this throughout preseason and then updated you during the bye week.In this first installment Jachai Polite NFL Jersey , we’ll be looking at anyone who was on the Jets’ roster or practice squad since final cuts last year. However, we’ll be back with another installment next week to update you on less-recent Jets such as Sheldon Richardson and Ryan Fitzpatrick.As ever, this list is intended to be exhaustive, but if we missed anyone, let us know in the comments.Muhammad Wilkerson, DL, PackersWilkerson only recorded five tackles for the Packers before suffering a season ending ankle injury, which - according to recent reports - was actually much worse than initially reported. He hopes to rejoin the Packers for 2019, although he had only signed a one-year deal.Demario Davis, LB, SaintsDavis had a tremendous season, leading the Saints to the playoffs as he racked up 110 tackles, five sacks, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles. Playing in the postseason for the first time in his career, Davis racked up 22 tackles and an interception in two games as the Saints narrowly missed out on a place in the Super Bowl.Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, JaguarsThe Jags and Seferian-Jenkins are reportedly parting ways after a disappointing year saw him catch 11 passes for just 90 yards and a touchdown. He only played five games before suffering a season-ending core muscle injury.Chandler Catanzaro, K, BucsJason Myers was obviously an upgrade over Catanzaro for the Jets as the veteran was released by the Bucs after missing four field goals and four extra points in his nine games with them. However, he got another shot with Carolina late in the season, missing just one of his 13 kicks in four games with them. His 59-yard game winner in overtime was a high point of his Bucs tenure.Cairo Santos, K, BucsSantos was Catanzaro’s replacement for the Bucs having earlier played in two games as an injury replacement for the Rams, including one where he made a game-winning field goal. In seven games with the Bucs, Santos missed three field goals but was perfect on extra points.Jeremy Kerley, WR, BillsDespite being an opening day starter, Kerley hasn’t been on a team since mid-September and his career might be over as he enters his thirties. Kerley caught two short passes in the first game of the year before being cut.Julian Stanford, LB, BillsStanford remains under contract after a season where he mostly played on special teams in Buffalo. He ended the year with 15 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass defensed, having started one game and played a total of 89 defensive snaps, 83 of which came in a two-game span in the middle of the year.Marcus Murphy Jachai Polite NFL Draft , RB/KR/PR, BillsMurphy ended the year on injured reserve but made some solid contributions for Buffalo as he rushed for 250 yards at an average of 4.8 per carry, caught 11 passes and averaged 25 yards per kickoff return, including one of 49 yards.Teddy Bridgewater, QB, SaintsBridgewater could be highly sought-after in the free agent market after backing up Drew Brees all year. He didn’t really get a chance to play until the final game of the regular season, during which he completed 14 of 22 passes for 118 yards with a touchdown and an interception.Chad Hansen, WR, Broncos/Titans/PatriotsHansen has bounced around the league since his release from the Jets, but didn’t play in 2018. He spent time with New England and Tennessee before landing on Denver’s practice squad and signing a futures deal with them after the season.Ardarius Stewart, WR, Raiders/WashingtonAfter being released by the Jets, Stewart spent two weeks on the Raiders’ practice squad and then landed on Washington’s practice squad for the final week of the regular season. They signed him to a futures deal after the season, only to release him again a week later, so he’s currently without a team.Jason Vander Laan, TE, PanthersVander Laan spent most of the year on the Panthers’ practice squad since final cuts, but was activated in December - although he didn’t play - and remains under contract for 2019.Bucky Hodges, TE, SteelersHodges spent the entire year on the Steelers’ practice squad and was signed to a futures deal after the season.Jeremy Langford, RB, Dolphins/CardinalsAfter having been released from Miami’s practice squad, Langford signed for the Cardinals’ practice squad and ended up on the active roster by the end of the season. He rushed for 25 yards on nine carries in his only appearance.Christian Hackenberg, QB, Raiders/Eagles/BengalsAs you’re probably aware, Hackenberg is currently playing in the AAF after having spells with three other NFL teams since leaving the Jets.Wesley Johnson, OL, DolphinsJohnson is out of contract in Miami after having been signed for a reserve role, within which he played just 26 snaps, including just one in the second half of the season.Travis Swanson, C, DolphinsSwanson made more of an impact than Johnson, starting the last 11 games at center. He was also only on a one-year deal though. Swanson was okay in the running game and didn’t have any penalties, but surrendered four sacks in pass protection.Bryce Petty Jachai Polite Buffalo Bills Jersey , QB, DolphinsPetty was without a team all season after being released from injured reserve in September following a preseason injury.Kony Ealy, DL, RaidersEaly is out of contract having been signed, released and then re-signed by the Raiders. He ended up with two tackles, three pressures and three missed tackles in three games.Damore’ea Stringfellow, WR, Titans/SeahawksStringfellow was signed to Tennessee’s practice squad in September but was released two days later, then had a stint on the Seahawks’ practice squad in December. This time he lasted just a week. He’s now in the AAF.Jojo Natson, WR/KR/PR, RamsNatson was the only former Jet to play in this year’s Super Bowl, at the end of a season that saw him play just one offensive snap. He averaged 19 yards per kickoff return and 10 yards per punt return, with a long of 60 yards, but had a costly muff against the Eagles in December.Kalif Raymond, WR/KR/PR, GiantsRaymond had brief stints on the practice squads for the Titans and Giants during the season before re-signing with the Titans’ practice squad late in the year. He ended up getting a futures deal at the end of the season.Nico Falah, C, DenverFalah was poached from the Jets’ practice squad but he didn’t see any action for the Broncos. He remains under contract for the upcoming season.Juston Burris, CB, BrownsBurris was also poached from the Jets’ practice squad but in four games with Cleveland he was essentially just a special teamer, recording two tackles. He’s a pending restricted free agent.Michael Hunter, CB, Bills/Texans/GiantsHaving spent a few weeks on Buffalo’s practice squad and signed for Tennessee’s practice squad late in the season, Hunter signed a futures deal with the Giants once the season was over.Gino Gradkowski, C, BroncosGradkowski is a pending free agent after having only played 17 snaps with Denver, all of which came in the final game of the season.Travaris Cadet, RB, PanthersCadet is also a pending free agent having signed a one-year deal in November. His 12 touches generated just 22 yards in his only game of the season.Anthony Johnson, DL, ColtsJohnson is another player who is now in the AAF. He didn’t find another team after being released from the Colts’ injured reserve list in September following a preseason injury.Marcus Williams, DB, Bucs/BearsWilliams played a couple of games with Tampa earlier in the year, recording three tackles. However Color Rush Jachai Polite Jersey , he was placed on injured reserve and released shortly after. The Bears then signed him in December until the end of the season and he had one tackle in three games with them in a mostly-special teams role.Will Tye, TE, Patriots/EaglesAfter failing to make New England’s roster, Tye signed with the Eagles’ practice squad in November and got a futures deal at the end of the season.Terrelle Pryor, WR, BillsPryor caught two passes for 17 yards in his two games with the Bills but then was released and didn’t manage to find work with another team.Deon Simon, NT, Titans/PackersSimon signed with the Packers’ practice squad and received a futures deal at the end of the season, having also spent time on the Titans’ practice squad.Kevin Minter, LB, BucsMinter is a pending free agent having been signed twice by the Bucs during the season. He had 10 tackles in five games for them, including one sack.Xavier Coleman, CB, BillsColeman spent the last month and a half of the season the Bills’ practice squad but didn’t re-sign with them and is currently in the AAF.Dimitri Flowers, FB, JaguarsAfter initially spending just one day on their practice squad before being released, Flowers rejoined their practice squad in December and was promoted to the active roster before the final game, although he did not play. He is an exclusive rights free agent, so should be back with the team for camp.Antonio Garcia, T, ColtsGarcia signed to the Colts’ practice squad and was given a futures deal at the end of the season.Terrell Sinkfield, CB, RaidersSinkfield spent a week on the Raiders’ practice squad but ended up back in the CFL after he was released.Bruce Carter, LB, FalconsCarter just re-signed with Atlanta having originally signed with them in September. He had 21 tackles in 11 games for them in 2018, playing a total of 78 defensive snaps in a reserve role.Jeremy Cash, S/LB, CardinalsCash signed for the Cardinals in March but suffered a season-ending knee injury in preseason. He’s a pending restricted free agent.Ibraheim Campbell, S, PackersCampbell played just one defensive snap as a Jet before being released, but saw more action in Green Bay where he had 18 tackles in three games, including one start. However, he landed on injured reserve after that and is now out of contract.Spencer Long, C Youth Jachai Polite Jersey , BillsFinally, it was announced a few days ago that Long has signed a three-year deal with the Bills after an injury-plagued year as the Jets’ starting center. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The knuckle below Sam Darnold’s freckled right pinkie is still slightly out of place.It serves as a once-painful reminder that the New York Jets rookie quarterback needs to keep his emotions in check even in the most frustrating of circumstances.“I feel like I always remain calm,” Darnold said in a sit-down interview with The Associated Press, “just because I learned a hard lesson that day.”It came on a basketball court, of all places, courtesy of a crushed metal door.Darnold was a junior in high school when his San Clemente basketball squad was playing league-rival Trabuco Hills on Jan. 17, 2014. Darnold’s Tritons held a 14-point halftime lead and appeared on their way to an easy victory.Until they blew it.And then, Darnold completely lost it.Seething with anger, the Tritons’ leading scorer and rebounder who grew up loving the Los Angeles Lakers and dreaming of being the next Kobe Bryant, stormed off the court after the one-point loss. He did the only thing he thought would help ease the pain.He put his right fist through his locker.“At first, I didn’t realize it was broken,” Darnold recalled while lifting his hand and pointing to his knuckle. “You can see it right there. I just punched it because I was so mad and I just sat there (ticked) off. Then, a couple minutes go by and the adrenaline starts to wear off and I’m like, ‘Man, my hand really hurts.’ I’m with my parents at the time, and on the car ride home, I was like, ‘Guys, I think I might need to go to the hospital.’“We went and I ended up breaking it.”Darnold didn’t need surgery, but missed the last seven games of the regular season. He would return for the postseason, but his approach to adversity needed serious repair.“Ever since that moment,” Darnold said, “in times when things maybe aren’t going the way I would like them to — even in life, not just sports, but life, too — I always try to remain calm.”The 21-year-old quarterback is the picture of composure and confidence these days, belying his youth and inexperience in the NFL. Darnold’s cool-headed and even-keeled temperament is that of a veteran, something that immediately endeared him to his teammates and coaches in New York.“He’s got an old soul, but he’s young in age,” coach Todd Bowles said. “But he understands the game very well and he works at it the right way.”That doesn’t mean Darnold doesn’t get worked up inside when things aren’t going right. He’s as competitive as they come and might shake his fist slightly if he misses a throw, but locker doors are safe.“I think for me, it’s understanding that I can’t control anything that’s happened in the past,” he said. “Do I get frustrated? Yeah Womens Jachai Polite Jersey , definitely. But I know that those couple of seconds that I do think about it — and sometimes longer if I’m on the sideline if I throw a pick or something — I can think about it for a minute or two and just let it go after that. That’s really it.”After a rousing season-opening win at Detroit , the Jets have lost two in a row — including a 21-17 defeat at Cleveland last Thursday night that left many of the players embarrassed and stunned.The team had the weekend off from practice and meetings before returning to the field Monday, and Darnold tried to clear his head. He checked out the Ed Sheeran concert at MetLife Stadium and hung out with a few buddies, but his mind inevitably wandered to the loss to the Browns.“Every other couple of hours, I’d think back to one play in the game,” he said. “And the whole weekend, it just kind of dragged on, thoughts about the game.”Sure, Darnold was happy to get a bit of a break after playing three games in 11 days to start his NFL career. But the youngest quarterback to start an NFL season opener in the Super Bowl era was also fired up to get back to work.“It wasn’t as crazy as people expected it to be,” Darnold said of the first three weeks. “I was really well prepared going into every game, I thought. Something that killed me was just losing. That’s always something that when it happens, you’ve just got to be able to move on.“But that’s pretty tough for a competitor like me and, really, a lot of the guys on the team.”The No. 3 overall pick in April’s draft bears the weight of a frustrated franchise on his young shoulders.This season marks the 50th anniversary of the Jets’ only Super Bowl appearance. They’ve been searching for the next Joe Namath since his last days with the team in 1976. While some quarterbacks have had success, none has been able to produce sustained winning football.That’s what the team and its long-suffering fan base hope, wish and pray they have in Darnold. And he doesn’t run from that burden.“It’s not so much the mindset of not failing or not wanting to fail, but more of wanting to be successful, if that makes sense,” Darnold said. “You just kind of flip it so it’s not a negative.”It has been an up-and-down start for the rookie, who has thrown three touchdown passes and five interceptions heading into Sunday’s game at Jacksonville.He has repeatedly spoken about how the last few weeks have been a learning experience, one that could help shape the rest of his career.“I think it’s definitely something that I’ll be able to look back on,” he said, “especially if something is bothering me or if during the late stages of the season, I’m like, ‘Man, this season is really dragging on,’ because everyone says you’ll hit the rookie wall.“But I think during that time, I’ll look back and be like, ‘Man, I played three games in 11 days. I feel like I can do anything.'”And, be cool, calm and collected while doing it.


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