NY Jets sign former Stony Brook tight end Connor Davis

NY Jets Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
NY Jets Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /

The NY Jets have signed former Stony Brook and XFL tight end Connor Davis.

The NY Jets have decided to add a little local flair to their roster in the form of former Stony Brook tight end Connor Davis.

Davis spent time with the Jets in training camp joining the team in the middle of August. However, he was released as part of final roster cuts a few weeks later and was not added to the practice squad.

It’s unclear whether he’s been signed to the practice squad or active roster, but it’s a fair bet to assume it’s the former. That’s because tight end Ross Travis, who was temporarily elevated this week, was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday.

Travis is currently a member of the practice squad despite being promoted to the active roster this week so it would make sense if Davis took his place.

It’s unknown whether Travis actually tested positive or if he simply came in close contact with someone who had tested positive. Either way, he’ll be forced to isolate for the time being and will not count towards the practice squad limit.

Travis played three offensive snaps and seven special-teams snaps on Monday and has previously spent time with both the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts.

The NY Jets signed an intriguing player in Connor Davis

As for Davis, the local Stony Brook product is actually quite an intriguing player.

Davis played four seasons at Stony Brook, but he wasn’t always exclusively a tight end. The Maryland native played some defensive line early in his college career even picking up a sack in his freshman season.

Stony Brook would then move him to the offensive line in his redshirt sophomore season where he started 10 games at right tackle. The following season he was moved back to tight end where he was primarily used as a blocker, and he even started a game at defensive end

Finally, his senior season would be his most productive as he recorded five catches for 38 yards primarily being used as the team’s second-string tight end.

Davis spent time in the XFL with the St. Louis BattleHawks this spring and even played in the short-lived Alliance of American Football the year prior.

It’s unlikely we see Davis on the active roster any time soon, but if we do, it’ll likely be in the form of an extra in-line blocker or special-teamer. With just six catches in his collegiate career — all at the FCS level — he probably doesn’t offer significant upside as a receiver.

Next. NY Jets: 5 coaching candidates who can change the franchise’s culture

Nonetheless, it’s always nice to see a local product get a chance to live out his NFL dream and Connor Davis certainly fits that criteria.