[Updated: 9-2-19, 8:06 p.m.] NEW YORK — It didn’t take long for another NFL team to try its luck with former UF defensive end Jachai Polite. The Seattle Seahawks added Polite to its practice squad Monday.
The New York Jets quickly cut ties with third-round pick Polite, a pass rusher from Florida who struggled to make an impact during training camp.
Polite was among the last draft class selected by previous general manager Mike Maccagnan, who was fired a few weeks after the draft and replaced by Joe Douglas.
New York has been looking to upgrade its edge rush, but Polite routinely worked with the third-team defense and appeared buried on the depth chart. He was considered a potential first-rounder before poor performances in workouts and interviews leading up to the draft caused his stock to drop.
Jets coach Adam Gase would neither confirm nor deny published reports that Polite had been fined a total of around $100,000 for repeated violations of team policy.
“We’re about the guys that do it the way that we need it done,” Gase said. “Best guys are going to make the team.”
Other Gators making moves Saturday and Sunday as NFL teams cut to the 53-man roster:
Jets: Released wide receiver Deonte Thompson
Bills: Placed linebacker Vosean Joseph on injured reserved
Broncos: Cut tight end Moral Stephens and offensive lineman Chaz Green
Raiders: Cut running back Mack Brown
Giants: Cut punter Johnny Townsend
Redskins: Cut defensive tackle Khairi Clark
Bears: Cut defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard, who was picked up Sunday by the Cardinals.
Lions: Cut defensive back Teez Tabor, and running back Brandon Powell. The Falcons signed Powell to their practice squad Sunday.
Panthers: Cut linebacker/defensive end Bryan Cox Jr., who was signed to the team’s practice squad Sunday.
Cardinals: Placed guard Max Garcia on the physically unable to perform list
49ers: Cut defensive back Marcell Harris and wide receiver Chris Thompson. The team signed Harris to the practice squad Sunday.
Some of these players may be invited back for practice squads or signed by other teams as they settle on their rosters.
Of note is former UF kicker Eddy Pineiro making the Bears roster as their starting kicker.