All rookies are eligible. Rookies released by the Jets since the start of August are Zach Rogers, Chris Pantale, Mike Edwards, Rontez Miles, Troy Davis, Dalton Freeman, Patrick Ford, Trey Gilleo, Sean Progar-Jackson, Marcus Rucker, Rahsaan Vaughn and KJ Stroud. Obviously this will apply to any rookies released between now and the start of the season (or even during the season) as well.
Any veteran that has been active for nine or more games in any season will not qualify. This obviously includes all the established veterans that have been released: Jason Smith, Ben Obomanu, Mohamed Massaquoi, Antonio Garay, Dan Carpenter, Braylon Edwards, Billy Cundiff, Joe McKnight and Stephen Peterman. Bret Lockett also falls into this category, as does Mossis Madu because he was active nine times as a rookie.
For everyone else, it gets a bit more complicated, but here’s our summary of each player’s status:
Fully eligible – Pat Scales, Ryan Quigley, Joe Collins, Eric Crocker, Lanier Coleman, Tevita Finau, Junior Aumavae, Royce Adams, Greg McElroy
Eligible, but used up one year of eligibility – Michael Campbell, Chad Spann, Erik Cook, JB Shugarts, Jojo Dickson, Jacquies Smith, Donnie Fletcher, Scott Wedige, Hayden Smith
Special cases – Jordan White has an accrued season and has used up a year of practice squad eligibility. He is therefore practice squad eligible. However, he was reportedly released with an injury settlement. That would usually mean that the Jets will not be permitted to sign him until after week six. Dennis Landolt has used up all three years of practice squad eligibility so he is not eligible.
Eligible players still on the active roster – Danny Lansanah has accrued a season and used up two years of practice squad eligibility, but still has limited eligibility left (can only remain on the squad as long as there are 53 players on the roster). It appears that Graham Harrell is in the same boat. That could possibly factor into why he is still on the active roster at this stage – so that he can go onto the practice squad after the dust settles. The only other players on the roster with any eligibility left are Antonio Allen, Darrin Walls, Damon Harrison, Matt Simms and the rookies.
The Jets can sign anyone who is eligible to their practice squad as soon as they have cleared waivers, which takes 24 hours. That can, and likely will, include some players who were released by other teams.
The rules surrounding practice squad eligibility are after the jump.
Here are the NFL’s rules for practice squad eligibility lifted directly from the CBA:
(a) The Practice Squad shall consist of the following players, provided that they have not served more than two previous seasons on a Practice Squad: (i) players who do not have an Accrued Season of NFL experience; and (ii) free agent players who were on the Active List for fewer than nine regular season games during their only Accrued Season(s). An otherwise eligible player may be a Practice Squad player for a third season only if the Club by which he is employed that season has at least 53 players on its Active/Inactive List during the entire period of his employment.
(b) A player shall be deemed to have served on a Practice Squad in a season if he has passed the club’s physical and been a member of the club’s Practice Squad for at least three regular season or postseason games during his first two Practice Squad
seasons, and for at least one regular season or postseason game during his third Practice Squad season. (For purposes of this Section, a bye week counts as a game provided that the player is not terminated until after the regular season or postseason weekend in question.)
Note: An earlier version of this article contained a few errors and has subsequently been updated with the correct information.
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