The New York Jets have re-signed local boy Pete Guerriero to help the backfield and waive Sterling Johnson and B.J. Bello.
The Lyndhurst native is back in green.
Guerriero rejoins the organization after his release on Aug. 27, which was just a couple of days after he initially signed with the team. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound back finished with 3,794 rushing yards in three collegiate seasons, good enough for second in school history. He was also named FCS running back of the year in 2019.
Prior to his collegiate days, Guerriero was a three-sport standout at Lyndhurst High School (basketball, track and field). The kid ran for 3,813 yards on 349 carries (10.9 yards per carry) and tallied 36 total touchdowns in his high school career.
New York is currently without rookie La’Mical Perine who sprained his ankle Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Head coach Adam Gase told the media after practice Tuesday morning that Perine’s situation is not serious and that they may have “lucked out” considering the sprain is of the “lower” variety.
The Jets also waived two players in conjunction with the Guerriero announcement. Undrafted rookie defensive lineman Sterling Johnson and linebacker B.J. Bello become the casualties.
Johnson is a big body who hoped to help the interior of Gregg Williams‘ loaded defensive line. Bello, meanwhile, dressed in eight games for the Jets a year ago. He mainly played special teams. With Avery Williamson back, Neville Hewitt, Blake Cashman and James Burgess all healthy, the need for another inside linebacker just is not there at the moment.
The deadline for the Jets (and every NFL team) to cut down to a 53-man roster plus 16-man practice squad is this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at 4 p.m. ET.
Update: The NFL increased the practice squad from 10 to 12 per the new collective bargaining agreement, and then increased it to 16 to deal with the current pandemic.