Monday, November 28, 2022

Jets sign promising ex-Broncos draft pick, 2nd-year defenseman

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The New York Jets added another body to the defensive line room.

Gang Green made the announcement have signed Defense attorney sophomore Marquiss Spencer to her practice team.

The Jets were forced to make a roster change because the New England Patriots stole veteran offensive lineman Conor McDermott from their practice team.

NFL teams no longer have the power to protect players on their practice team week after week. During COVID, the league allowed each team the ability to protect up to four players so no other team could come and steal one.

Heading into this season, they brushed that rule aside and everyone was fair game. The catch is, if another NFL team wants to sign someone off your practice team, they must be added to the active 53-man roster.

Struggling with a string of injuries in the trenches, the Patriots were able to steal a veteran player from their bitter rival.

In a related move, the Jets added Marquiss Spencer to the 16-person training squad.

Spencer originally entered the NFL as No. 253 overall in the seventh round of the Denver Broncos in 2021.

After being selected in April of that year, he was released ahead of the final roster cuts. After clearing the waivers, he was re-signed to Denver’s practice team the next day.

NFL analyst Lance Zierlein said of the draft that he was a “naturally strong” player who had “first-step explosiveness” and fairly “good edge flexing.”

On the bad side, Zierlein said he has some issues with his weight and it could affect his effectiveness.

A defensive coach for an NFC team provided this quote about Spencer’s potential:

“It doesn’t always show in his production, but he has a rushing talent and is a good athlete for a big man.”

This is an evolving story and we will provide new details as they become available.



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