The NY Jets have re-signed local Monmouth running back Pete Guerriero and cut two others.
Guerriero was signed last week but soon after released after the team thought that they had traded for Miami Dolphins’ running back, Kalen Ballage. Ultimately, the Ballage trade fell through and they decided to bring Guerriero back.
In corresponding moves, the Jets also waived two players who were considered longshots to make the roster. Linebacker B.J. Bello, who spent time with the team last year, and undrafted defensive lineman Sterling Johnson were the two players cut.
An undrafted free agent in the 2020 NFL Draft, Guerriero starred at Monmouth and attended high school in Lyndhurst, New Jersey — 10 minutes away from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
Although a little undersized at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, Guerriero ran a swift 4.47 40-yard dash at his pro day which would have ranked fifth among all running backs at the NFL Combine.
He also put up fairly impressive numbers on the bench press recording 18 reps, pretty impressive for a guy as small as he is.
While a longshot to make the 53-man roster, Guerriero will provide important depth to a running back group that just lost rookie fourth-round pick La’Mical Perine for some time.
Aside from Guerriero, the only other healthy running backs on the roster are Le’Veon Bell, Frank Gore, and Josh Adams who recently returned from injury. He’s sure to get his fair share of reps in practice.
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The NY Jets also released two players who were unlikely to make the roster.
As for Bello and Johnson, their releases are hardly a surprise as both were considered major longshots to make the team.
A former undrafted free agent, Bello had stints with both the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles before signing with the Jets and playing in seven games last season.
He managed to record five tackles, but his highlight came in Week 15 against the Baltimore Ravens when he recovered a blocked punt by fellow linebacker Tarell Basham and returned it into the end zone for a touchdown
Johnson began his collegiate career at Clemson before transferring to Coastal Carolina where he totaled 65 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks in 23 games over the last two years.
Given the Jets’ incredible depth on the defensive line, making the roster was always going to be an uphill battle for the young lineman.
Guerriero likely won’t make the team, but he stands a good chance at earning a spot on the practice squad if he manages to impress.