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Examining the roster ties between Patriots, Jets ahead of Week 7

Familiar faces will revisit one another Monday night at MetLife Stadium.

Dallas Cowboys v New York Jets Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Four weeks have passed since the New England Patriots last crossed paths with the New York Jets.

But quarterback Sam Darnold’s health isn’t the only thing that’s changed between the two AFC East rosters. There’s also been changes to the list of former Patriots now with the 1-4 Jets, and former Jets now with the 6-0 Patriots.

Let’s revisit those roster ties heading into Monday’s 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff at MetLife Stadium.


Braxton Berrios, wide receiver – Berrios now stands five games into his Jets career after being claimed off waivers from New England on Labor Day weekend. Selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL draft and redshirted on injured reserve as a rookie, Berrios has since caught two passes for 29 yards with New York. The Miami Hurricane has also logged five punt returns for 39 yards as well as 11 fair catches.

Demaryius Thomas, wide receiver – Following September’s season opener, New England sent Thomas to New York in exchange for a 2021 sixth-rounder. The five-time Pro Bowl wideout, who’d recently battled a hamstring injury, has worked back to start the past two Jets contests. Eight receptions for 107 yards have been collected over that stretch, with Thomas seeing 80 percent of the offensive downs this October.

Conor McDermott, offensive tackle – McDermott is on his third AFC East tour since arriving as a Patriots sixth-round pick in the 2017 draft. The tackle by way of UCLA had been claimed by the Buffalo Bills in September of his rookie season, and would be claimed by the Jets from Buffalo earlier this month. McDermott has checked into eight career games, and was inactive for New York last Sunday.

Harvey Langi, linebacker – The top signing in New England’s 2017 undrafted class has found his footing in East Rutherford. Langi, whose first season ended on non-football injury and second ended on New York’s practice squad-injured, has proceeded to start two games and play in all five thus far. The 27-year-old BYU product checks in with a handful of tackles to go with a pass deflection.

Albert McClellan, linebacker – The Patriots signed the longtime Baltimore Ravens special-teamer last November, and McClellan went on to play in 10 games through Super Bowl LIII. McClellan is now in his second stint with the Jets since then. He’s played 28 snaps on defense and 90 snaps in the kicking game this campaign, registering nine tackles.

Darryl Roberts, cornerback – In the Jets’ secondary for 99 percent of the snaps this year has been Roberts, whom the Patriots drafted at No. 247 overall out of Marshall back in 2015. Roberts resided on injured reserve as a rookie and found himself awarded off waivers to New York at the 2016 roster deadline. Roberts’ Jets résumé includes 21 starts, 140 tackles, 22 passes defensed and three interceptions.


Matt LaCosse, tight end – For six days, LaCosse was a Jet. The tight end out Illinois would be waived after the 2015 preseason, yet he’d stay in town as a member of the New York Giants’ practice squad later that fall. LaCosse signed with New England this March after catching a career-high 24 passes with the Denver Broncos. He’s started three of his Patriots appearances to record three catches for 55 yards, but is expected to be sidelined next Monday night due to a reported MCL sprain.

Eric Tomlinson, tight end – The Patriots signed Tomlinson to the active roster amid a series of moves Tuesday. The run-blocking UTEP Miner went undrafted in 2015, and would be signed to the Jets’ 53 off the Houston Texans’ practice squad midway through 2016. Tomlinson, listed at 6-foot-6, 263 pounds, entered into 36 games while with the Jets. He caught 16 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown during his tenure before stopping in with the Giants to begin the 2019 regular season.

Terrence Brooks, safety – The Jets acquired Brooks from the Philadelphia Eagles in August 2017. The Florida State Seminole would go on to earn AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors that season, and then earned a team-high 392 snaps in the kicking game last season. New England signed Brooks to a two-year deal as free agency kicked off in March. A total of 107 snaps on defense have followed for Brooks, in addition to 87 on special teams.

Mike Nugent, kicker – Eight specialists have been drafted inside the Top 100 since 2000, and only Sebastian Janikowski went higher than Mike Nugent. The Jets selected the Ohio State Buckeye at No. 47 overall in 2005. Nugent, now 37, spent four seasons with the organization and is now on his ninth NFL stop. The Patriots signed Nugent this October after placing Stephen Gostkowski on IR.