Roster News: Spencer, Smith, Knight added to practice squad, Jackson, Thomas released
The Jets have confirmed the following transactions:
We've signed RB Zonovan Knight, WR/RET Diontae Spencer and T Eric Smith to the practice squad.— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 6, 2022
We've released WR Calvin Jackson and LB DQ Thomas from the practice squad.
Knight had some good moments in preseason and his teammates are high on him, so it will be good that he sticks around, although the team clearly feels more confident in the more-experienced Ty Johnson as the number three.
Spencer is a 30-year old receiver who has caught 10 passes in his career but is better known as a return specialist. He was an all-star in Canada and had a punt return touchdown in 2020 with the Broncos.
Smith is a bit of a head-scratcher because he's only played two offensive snaps since 2019 and has spent the majority of his career on practice squads. The 26-year old's initial stint with the Jets saw him signed towards the end of the 2018 season. He did not play for them and then was released in final cuts.
Jackson, who scored the winning touchdown in two of the three preseason games and had seen action as a punt returner in preseason was expected to stick around a bit longer but the Jets presumably see Spencer as an upgrade as backup return man in the short term.
Thomas had some decent moments in preseason, but never got off the third unit. He could perhaps be back if the need arises.
This was also reported.
Jimmy Moreland working out with the Jets today, per a league source. Veteran corner has drawn interest from multiple teams— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 6, 2022
Moreland has played extensively in the slot so he could provide cover for Deuce Carter if signed. Robert Saleh has said that rookie safety Tony Adams can play in the slot if needed. Moreland is 27 and has started 10 NFL games with one interception in his career. He is a former seventh round pick with 4.46 speed.