Analyzing 5 new additions to the NY Jets practice squad

Who are the five new players on the Jets' practice squad?
NY Jets, Xazavian Valladay
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4. Jason Poe, OL, NY Jets

Jason Poe's unconventional journey to the NFL ended with him signing an undrafted deal with the San Francisco 49ers following the 2022 NFL Draft. He spent his entire rookie season on the 49ers' practice squad, quickly becoming a fan favorite in the process.

Poe is a former JUCO standout who spent a few years at Division II Lenoir-Rhyne before transferring to FCS school Mercer for his senior year. At just 6-foot, 300 pounds, Poe has been described as a bowling ball by some.

He primarily played guard in college but worked extensively at guard, center, and even fullback with the 49ers. Poe has said that he is willing to play anywhere he could provide value to his team.

The Jets always keep a close eye on 49ers roster cuts, and this year was no different. Check out our interview with Poe from before the 2022 draft for a more detailed account of his football journey.

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3. Xazavian Valladay, RB, NY Jets

The Jets opted not to bring back either of their recently-waived running backs — Zonovan Knight (Lions) and Travis Dye (free agent) — instead deciding to sign undrafted rookie Xazavian Valladay to their practice squad.

Valladay was a productive four-year contributor at Wyoming, serving as the team's leading rusher for three straight seasons before transferring to Arizona State in 2022.

His lone season with the Red Devils was another productive one, as he finished with 1,192 yards and 16 touchdowns on a healthy 5.5 yards per carry. Valladay spent this summer split between the Houston Texans and Los Angeles Chargers before signing with the Jets.

Although he's already 25 years old, Valladay has excellent straight-line speed and was an effective pass-catcher in college. He's a better scheme fit than Knight and Dye and could be developed as a future third-down back in the NFL.