Shaneil Jenkins

Jets To Add Kendall Reyes

Kendall Reyes has not seen any NFL action since being released during the 2016 season, but the veteran defensive lineman will resurface with the Jets.

The Jets made the decision to sign Reyes on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter). To make room on their 90-man roster, the Jets waived defensive end Shaneil Jenkins with an injury designation, per ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini (via Twitter).

Jenkins sat out Friday’s practice, which will lead to another Reyes opportunity. New York added Jenkins last week.

A former second-round Chargers pick in 2012, the 28-year-old Reyes last played for the Redskins in 2016. However, his last notable work came with 10 games for the 2016 Chiefs, with whom Reyes suited up for 10 games that season. He started three seasons for the Bolts from 2013-15 but hasn’t been able to parlay his years as a San Diego first-unit player into being much of a factor elsewhere.

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Jets Release DL Courtney Upshaw

The Jets have swapped one defensive lineman for another. The team announced on Twitter that they’ve signed Shaneil Jenkins. To make room on the roster, the Jets released Courtney Upshaw.

Upshaw, 28, joined the Jets organization last month following a two-season stint with the Falcons. The former second-round served as mostly a backup during his time in Atlanta, including a 2017 campaign where he compiled nine tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble in 13 games. Upshaw spent the first four seasons of his career with the Ravens, where he won a Super Bowl championship as a rookie. The veteran was placed on the Jets’ non-football injury list yesterday, with Rich Cimini wondering if the team was unhappy with a “conditioning issue” (Twitter link).

Jenkins, 24, has bounced around the league since going undrafted out of Shepherd University in 2016. The six-foot-four, 275-pound defensive end has had stints with the Broncos, Cowboys, Seahawks, and Packers. He showed some promise during the preseason of his rookie year, compiling a pair of sacks for Dallas. However, he’s been unable to take the field for a regular season game.

Similar to Upshaw, Jenkins will have a difficult time making the Jets roster. Behind starters Leonard Williams and Henry Anderson, the team is also rostering defensive ends David BassNathan ShepherdXavier Cooper, and Ed Stinson.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 8/15/17

Today’s minor moves:

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

Dallas Cowboys

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

  • Waived: DL Shaneil Jenkins

Indianapolis Colts

  • Signed: WR Justice Liggins
  • Waived/injured: RB Dalton Crossan

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Signed LB Kyle Coleman
  • Waived/injured: LB Mike Moore

Miami Dolphins

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Signed: CB Mitchell White

Minor NFL Transactions: 8/13/17

Today’s minor moves:

Chicago Bears

Green Bay Packers

  • Claimed off waivers: DL Shaneil Jenkins
  • Waived/injured: TE Beau Sandland

Houston Texans

Los Angeles Chargers

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers

  • Waived: OL Richard Levy

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/16/17

Here are the latest reserve/futures contract signings from around the NFL. These deals will go into effect on the first day of the 2017 league year, with players joining their respective clubs’ offseason 90-man rosters.

Dallas Cowboys

Houston Texans

Seattle Seahawks

Tennessee Titans

Washington Redskins

NFL Workout Updates: 11/15/16

The Colts worked out a cadre of players today, including veteran offensive lineman Dallas Thomas, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Thomas, 27, started 26 games during his four-year career with Miami, but was cut earlier this year. Indianapolis also auditioned cornerback Will Davis, wide receivers Antwan Goodley and Dres Anderson, and linebacker Davis Tull.

Here’s more from the workout circuit:

  • With Cameron Heyward out for the year, the Steelers tried out defensive end Bobby Richardson today, tweets Nick Underhill of the Advocate. Richardson was a 11-game starter during his rookie season in 2015, but has bounced around the league during his sophomore campaign.
  • Former Colts defensive back D’Joun Smith worked out for the Packers today, reports Caplan (Twitter link). Smith was a third-round pick in 2015.
  • The Seahawks worked out defensive lineman Shaneil Jenkins, per Caplan (Twitter link).
  • The Eagles took a look at wide receiver Kenny Lawler and fullback Chris Swain, tweets Caplan.
  • Lawler has been busy this week, as Caplan reports (Twitter link) that he also worked out for the Chiefs.
  • The Jaguars auditioned offensive tackle Rob Crisp, according to Howard Balzer (Twitter link).
  • The Buccaneers worked out offensive lineman Mike Liedtke, tweets Balzer.
  • In search of linebacker depth, the Titans tried out free agent Reshard Cliett today, per Balzer (Twitter link).

Workout Notes: Bills, Buccaneers, Seahawks

While Tuesday is usually workout day around the NFL, several NFL teams hosted free agents today. Let’s take a look at which players scored an audition:

  • Offensive lineman Mike Liedtke worked out for the Bills today and will audition for the Buccaneers tomorrow, agent Brett Tessler tweets. The 24-year-old has previously spent time with the Jets, Chiefs, and Dolphins.
  • The Bills also worked out a pair of centers, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan (via Twitter): Dalton Freeman and Marcus Henry. The team ultimately signed Freeman to the practice squad.
  • The Seahawks worked out defensive end Shaneil Jenkins, according to Caplan (via Twitter). The undrafted rookie out of Shepherd University has also spent time with the Broncos and Cowboys.

Zach Links contributed to this post.

Minor NFL Transactions: 9/2/16

To cap off a transaction-packed Friday, here are the latest minor moves from around the NFL:

  • The Steelers released former Virginia Tech offensive lineman Wade Hansen, agent Brett Tessler tweets, and waived quarterback Dustin Vaughan with an injury settlement (Twitter link via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review).
  • The Colts waived defensive back D’Joun Smith with an injury designation, as Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets. Smith was a third-round pick in 2015.
  • The Lions cut center Gabe Ikard, per Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com (Twitter link).
  • The Jets waived safety Dion Bailey off IR with an injury settlement, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com tweets.
  • The Cowboys are releasing linebacker Derek Akunne, according to his agent David Canter (on Twitter). They’ve also waived defensive ends Gerald Dixon and Shaneil Jenkins off IR with injury settlements, Caplan tweets.
  • The Saints waived linebacker Dillon Lee, as Nick Underhill of The Advocate tweets.
  • The Falcons will work out an injury settlement with fullback Will Ratelle, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com tweets.
  • The Buccaneers reached an injury settlement with receiver Donteea Dye, as Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times tweets.
  • The Seahawks signed long snapper Tyler Ott, according to a source who spoke with Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle (on Twitter).

Minor NFL Transactions: 8/29/16

Many clubs are announcing their roster moves in bulk during cutdowns, but we’ll round up the stragglers here:

  • The Eagles announced that they have signed running back Cedric O’Neal, who was previously released by the team on August 21. Additionally, Philadelphia has released cornerback Aaron Grymes with an injury settlement, Geoff Mosher of 97.5 The Fanatic tweets.
  • The Falcons reached an injury settlement with running back Cyrus Gray, who has been dealing a hamstring injury, the team announced.
  • The Redskins announced that they’ve claimed offensive lineman Vinston Painter off waivers from the Dolphins. 
  • The Jets have waived/injured running back Romar Morris, who is going to have shoulder surgery next week, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link).
  • The Cowboys have placed defensive lineman Shaneil Jenkins (knee), linebacker James Morris (shoulder) and cornerback Jeremiah McKinnon on waived/injured list, the club announced. Cornerback Josh Thomas (thumb) was placed on injured reserve.
  • The Vikings have made several roster moves today, cutting quarterback Brad Sorensen, wide receiver Marken Michel, defensive lineman Claudell Louis, and offensive tackle Austin Shepherd (Twitter links: 1, 2, 3 via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press); and tight end Brian Leonhardt (Twitter link via Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN).
  • Chiefs guard/center Garrick Mayweather has been waived, the team announced.
  • The Seahawks have waived OL/DL Kristjan Sokoli, who was selected in the sixth round last year, per his agent Brett Tessler (Twitter link).

Minor NFL Transactions: 8/28/16

The NFL has seen a flurry of transactions today, as clubs make cuts in preparation for Tuesday’s roster cutdown deadline. Let’s round up a few moves that weren’t announced earlier today:

  • The Bills announced that they’ve signed quarterback Austin Trainor, who participated in the team’s rookie minicamp in 2015. As Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports (Twitter links), backup Buffalo QB Cardale Jones is currently dealing with a personal issue, and though he’s expected to return soon, head coach Rex Ryan said Trainor will help the Bills get through Thurday’s preseason game if needed.
  • The Cowboys have waived/injured defensive end Shaneil Jenkins, the club announced. Jenkins, who was hurt in Dallas’ most recent preseason contest, will revert to the Cowboys’ IR if he clears waivers.
  • The Packers have waived receiver Ed Williams, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com (Twitter link).
  • The Broncos have waived wide receiver Nathan Palmer, Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post tweets.