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2023 New York Jets practice squad

2023 New York Jets practice squad

The Jets signed fifth-year defensive lineman Jalen Holmes, who was with them in the second half of August, as well as five other players who spent summers with other teams, to fill the final six slots of their practice squad. The first 10 players from the Jets’ coaching staff were announced on Wednesday.

The five signed from other teams are running backs Xazavian Valladay, offensive linemen Jason Boe and Ryan Swoboda, linebacker Marcelino McCrary-Pool and safety Tyrek Jones.

Holmes (6-5, 283) was a fourth-round pick (102nd overall) from Ohio State by Minnesota in 2018 and spent time on the Vikings, Saints, Giants, and Bears rosters before being signed by the Jets as a free agent on August 14. . He played in Tampa Bay’s only preseason game with the Green & White, totaling four tackles and two sacks on 29 snaps defended.

Swoboda’s best known so far is his standout – he’s listed at 6-10, 325 lbs. He had 39 starts dealing with Virginia before finishing his college career at Central Florida, then was signed by Detroit as an undrafted free agent in May. He played in all three of the Lions’ preseason games, catching 34 offensive shots in total.

The Jets are certainly in contention for the tallest coaching staff, led by Swoboda (who measures 6-9½ on his pro day) and 6-8 TE Zack Kuntz.

Bo (6-2, 295) is a first-year player who was signed after the 2022 NFL Draft as an undrafted free agent by San Francisco from Mercer University in Georgia. He spent the entirety of last season on the 49ers’ practice squad. He’s played in all six preseason games over the past two summers, at both guard positions, with one start in the year’s opener and 224 offensive snaps in both prep seasons combined.

McCrary-Ball (6-0, 222), similar to Poe, is a first-year player who was signed as a UDFA after the 22nd draft by San Fran out of Indiana. He has spent the entire 22nd season on the 49ers’ practice squad but has had very active prep seasons in the past two years. In 2022, he started two of the 49ers’ three pre-season games, and then this year he started the PS Open. Both summers together, he played in all six Niners PS matches with 28 tackles, two tackles and one interception.

Jones (6-2, 205) was singed by Tennessee as a UDFA out of Boise State in May. He played in all three of the Titans’ pre-season games and finished tied for the team lead with 11 tackles while adding a pass defense.