New York Jets

NFL Preseason Update: New York Jets Announce Practice Squad

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 04:  Jordan White #17 of the New York Jets works out during the Jets Rookie Minicamp on May 4, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
Adam WaksmanCorrespondent IIISeptember 2, 2012

The New York Jets have announced their initial practice squad and have signed seven players (via NewYorkJets.com). The seven players are:

 

Offensive Tackle Paul Cornick

Linebacker Marcus Dowtin

Cornerback Donnie Fletcher

Wide receiver Royce Pollard

Linebacker Ricky Sapp

Tight End Hayden Smith

Wide receiver Jordan White

 

Jordan White had a strong preseason and was initially believed to have made the 53-man roster. However, he ultimately did not, possibly due to cuts that other teams have made. Keep an eye on this rookie seventh-round draft pick. He is likely to find his way back onto the main roster at some point.

Undrafted rookie Donnie Fletcher was also impressive this offseason. He was a casualty of the Jets' depth at cornerback. There were not enough spots for all the talented cornerbacks they have.

The last key player to watch in the practice squad is Australian tight end Hayden Smith. At 27 years old, Smith has not yet played an official down of football in his life. The 6'6'' former Rugby player has been successful at several sports and decided to try his hand at American football.

Smith was brought in as one of the rawest prospects one could imagine. The intention was to have him on the practice squad this year. The fact that no other team showed interest in him is good news for the Jets. Smith is very unlikely to make the roster at any point this year, but his presence on the practice squad is good news for the future.

 

Update: Safety Antonio Allen has been signed as a late addition to the practice squad.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices