After earning his walking papers from the Patriots, Yodny Cajuste is drawing interest from both New York squads. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero (via Twitter), the free agent offensive lineman visited the Jets today and will visit the Giants tomorrow.
Cajuste had a standout career at West Virginia, earning Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year honors in 2018. That performance ultimately led to him being selected by the Patriots in the third round of the 2019 draft.
The lineman struggled to stay on the field through his first two seasons in the NFL. He spent his entire rookie campaign on NFI after undergoing quad surgery, and his 2020 season was wiped out thanks to a knee injury. The lineman finally made his NFL debut in 2021, starting two of his seven appearances. He saw a similar role in 2022, starting three of his 10 appearances while spending a chunk of the season on IR.
The 27-year-old’s gig in New England was on thin ice even after he signed his non-guaranteed RFA tender earlier this offseason. The team already brought in tackles Riley Reiff and Calvin Anderson to an OT grouping that also includes starter Trent Brown.
Both the Jets and Giants could use some depth at OT. While Cajuste has struggled to take the field, he’s been useful when he’s in the lineup. He graded out as an above-average offensive tackle in 2022, per Pro Football Focus, with the site giving him especially high marks for his run-blocking ability.
Despite his underwhelming performance with the Patriots, Cajuste was actually the last member of New England’s dreadful 2019 draft class to stick with the organization. The team’s entire 10-man class from that season is either playing elsewhere or is out of the league.