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New York Jets re-sign Brandon Copeland and Neal Sterling

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: Linebacker Brandon Copeland #51 of the New York Jets celebrate a stop for a third down against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: Linebacker Brandon Copeland #51 of the New York Jets celebrate a stop for a third down against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets have announced that they have re-signed two depth players from last season in outside linebacker Brandon Copeland and tight end Neal Sterling.

The New York Jets have announced that they are re-signing both Brandon Copeland and Neal Sterling. Signing Sterling at tight end and Copeland at outside linebacker gives us reason to believe that impactful free agency moves are over for the Jets.

Regardless, if general manager Mike Maccagnan makes another big splash it will be a pleasant surprise. Both of these signings are assumed to start filling out the training camp roster before the buzz of the draft kicks into high gear.

TE Neal Sterling is also staying in the Green & White!

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— New York Jets (@nyjets) March 25, 2019

Out of the two, Sterling seems to have more upside and potential. Sterling was listed above Chris Herndon on the depth chart before only playing in five games after ankle injuries and concussion issues. Sterling brings upside because not much is expected from him but he has shown tons of potential in the past.

Making the roster will be an uphill climb for Sterling, being that he will be facing Jordan Leggett, Eric Tomlinson, and Daniel Brown all behind Herndon. With that said, Sterling will get another shot with the Jets this year in training camp and the preseason.

We've re-signed LB Brandon Copeland.

Welcome back to NY, @bcope51!

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— New York Jets (@nyjets) March 25, 2019

Alongside Sterling, the Jets are bringing back Brandon Copeland. Last season was Copeland’s first in Florham Park and the best of his short career in the NFL. On a shallow roster, with a lack of depth, Copeland took advantage of his opportunity proving himself as a reliable special teamer and rotational edge defender.

Copeland ended last year with five sacks and 10 tackles for loss in 10 starts. After missing out on Anthony Barr, the Jets still have a void at pass rusher even with Copeland. It is expected the Jets will make a run at a pass rusher in the draft, with Copeland adding extra depth off the edge.

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Even with all of the exciting free agency moves, the Jets still have the third pick in this year’s draft. As the Jets roster continues to fill out, it is expected we will see a completely different team in August when training camp rolls around.

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