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Examining the roster ties between Patriots, Jets ahead of Week 17

The list of former Patriots and former Bills in the fold for Sunday’s season finale.

NFL: New England Patriots at New York Jets Kevin R. Wexler-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick, Mick Lombardi, Andre Carter and Shawn Jefferson have seen the field from both AFC East sidelines.

But the list of those who were once New England Patriots or once New York Jets extends beyond the coaching staffs. It goes from the 53-man rosters to the practice squads on down to the reserve lists.

Here’s a look through the current ties heading into Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET season finale at Gillette Stadium.


Braxton Berrios, wide receiver – Berrios arrived in New England at pick No. 210 overall in the 2018 NFL draft. The Miami Hurricanes product spent his rookie regular season on injured reserve and was waived on Labor Day weekend leading up to his second. Berrios, who earned a Super Bowl LIII ring during his stay, would be claimed by New York. The 25-year-old has since appeared in 31 games as a Jet to register 40 catches for 489 yards and his first three touchdowns. And on special teams, he’s returned 31 punts for 326 yards to go with 13 kickoffs for 215 yards.

Conor McDermott, offensive tackle – The final selection in a 2017 draft class of four, McDermott was waived following his rookie preseason with the Patriots and awarded to the Buffalo Bills. The 6-foot-8, 305-pound UCLA Bruin would remain in that quarter of the division until October 2019, when he landed off the wire with the Jets. McDermott, now 28, signed a one-year extension earlier this campaign. The former sixth-rounder has seen action in 21 games for New York and started a trio for the line. This year, McDermott owns the rights to a career-high 220 offensive snaps.

Harvey Langi, linebacker – The Jets moved the 28-year-old Langi to injured reserve in December due to a neck injury. He’d handled 513 defensive downs and 241 on special teams prior to the transaction, starting six contests. A total of 60 tackles and a fumble recovery were accrued for the linebacker by way of Brigham Young. Langi first entered the league as the top free agent in New England’s 2017 undrafted class. He made the roster out of camp, along with his debut, before injuries sustained in a car accident sent him to non-football injury. Langi joined New York’s scout team following his Patriots exit in the fall of 2018.

J.T. Hassell, safety – Hassell terminated his contract with New England’s practice squad early on in December, eight days after he agreed to terms. The defensive back did so for a place on New York’s 53-man roster. Hassell went on to block a punt in his first game as a Jet. It played a part in an upset win over the Los Angeles Rams. Hassell has now played 20 snaps on special teams through two wins with New York. The 25-year-old originally signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent from Florida Tech in 2019.


Donte Moncrief, wide receiver – The Patriots mark the sixth organization on Moncrief’s NFL tour. The 2014 third-round draft choice out of Ole Miss signed to the scout team in November and then to the active roster after twice serving as a standard elevation. Moncrief began 2020 with the Jets as the calendar turned to September. He was let go at the roster deadline and retained on the practice squad until his October release. The 27-year-old Moncrief has since played in a handful of games for New England. That handful has brought one catch for 15 yards, one carry for four yards and six kick returns for 149 yards.

Devin Smith, wide receiver – Signed to New England’s practice squad in December, Smith got his first NFL call from New York at No. 37 overall in 2015. The fleet-footed Ohio State Buckeye’s run with the Jets was derailed by two torn ACLs. It ended with his waiving in the summer of 2018. Smith, who has also been a member of the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, caught 10 passes for 135 yards and one score over 14 games with the team that filled out his draft card.

Matt LaCosse, tight end – Among eight Covid-19 opt-outs for the Patriots, LaCosse cut his NFL teeth in East Rutherford. The undrafted tight end from Illinois signed with the Giants of New York before spending six days with the Jets of New York in August 2015. And a Giant he’d become again by the midway point in the year. LaCosse, now 28, caught 13 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown with New England in 2019 after coming over from the Denver Broncos as an unrestricted free agent. He is under contract through 2021.

Brandon Copeland, linebacker – The Patriots placed Copeland on injured reserve at the close of October following a torn pectoral. Prior to undergoing season-ending surgery, the 29-year-old linebacker had posted four starts, a dozen tackles and 80 percent of the snaps on special teams for New England. Copeland spent the 2018 and 2019 campaigns with the Jets, starting 13 games and appearing in 28. He tallied 77 tackles, 6.5 sacks, four pass deflections and a forced fumble in the process. Copeland broke into the NFL as an undrafted rookie out of Penn in 2013.

Terrence Brooks, safety – Before signing with the Patriots as the 2019 league year opened, Brooks had made stops with the Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles and then the Jets. His stop in New York brought a total of 684 snaps on special teams to go with 23 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. The 28-year-old safety via Florida State has proceeded to play in 28 games for New England while starting two. Brooks has been in for 46 tackles and one interception over that span.

Nick Folk, kicker – Folk has twice been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in 2020. One of those honors came after kicking a game-winning 51-yarder against his former employer in November. Folk, who first set out with the Dallas Cowboys in 2007, kicked in north of 100 games as a Jet dating back to the start of the decade. He was released during the 2017 offseason and bounced from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Alliance of American Football’s Arizona Hotshots before signing with New England in the midst of last season. And as this season nears its close, the 36-year-old stands 26-of-28 on field goals and 26-of-29 on extra points.