Ranking all 33 foreign-born players in NY Jets history

From Vlad Ducasse to Tim Tebow (yes, really), we ranked EVERY foreign-born player to play for the Jets
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15. Pierre Desir, CB, NY Jets

  • Country of Birth: Haiti
  • Jets playing career: 2020

A well-traveled and respected NFL veteran, Pierre Desir was signed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract by the Jets ahead of the 2020 season and was essentially asked to be the team's de facto No. 1 cornerback.

Desir started the first eight games of the season, although his struggles became apparent. The Jets released the Haiti native in November, partially in an effort to play the younger players on the roster.

Desir's Jets career was brief and forgettable, but he did start half a season with the team. That helps place him in the top half of this list.

14. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OG, NY Jets

  • Country of Birth: Canada
  • Jets playing career: 2021-2022

One of only two players on this list to play for the Jets last season, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif spent two years with the organization from 2021-2022. The Jets acquired Duvernay-Tardif in a trade at the deadline in 2021, helping replace the struggling Greg Van Roten.

The Quebec native would start the final seven games of the 2021 season before returning for another brief stint in 2022. In total, Duvernay-Tardif appeared in 13 games for the Jets over two years, starting eight.

Well-known for his off-field ventures as a doctor and his efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, Duvernay-Tardif is well-respected by his NFL peers and fans alike.

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13. Vladimir Ducasse, OG, NY Jets

  • Country of Birth: Haiti
  • Jets playing career: 2010-2013

Some will scoff at the notion of placing Vladimir Ducasse higher on this list than Duvernay-Tardif, but remember, longevity matters. Ducasse appeared in 50 games for the Jets from 2010 to 2013, although he only started five.

Ducasse moved to the United States in 2002 at the age of 15 and was not highly recruited coming out of high school. Despite this, a successful career at UMass convinced the Jets to select him in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Ducasse never managed to hold down a starting job, despite being given numerous chances. He later found modest success as a spot starter in Minnesota, Chicago, Baltimore, and Buffalo before he was released in 2019.