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The New York Jets add depth to the safety room with Will Parks

The New York Jets have re-signed safety Will Parks, the team officially announced.

Parks had previously announced on his Instagram story that he will be returning to New York.

Parks’ story showcases his arrival to the Jets’ training facility in Florham Park, where his new contract was presumably signed. It’s followed by a self-shot, complete with a Jets cap, where he declares he’s “back again for another go around”.

Parks joined the Jets in December shortly after he was claimed off Miami’s waiver wire, playing in three games and starting two of them after injuries decimated the New York secondary.

In his brief time with the Jets, Parks earned nine tackles (including one for a loss) and one pass breakup.

New York was Parks’ fourth professional stop of the 2021-22 season, spending the summer with the Kansas City Chiefs before joining the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad. Parks then played a single game with the Dolphins, appearing on four special teams snaps in the team’s Dec. 5 win over the New York Giants before he was released two weeks later.

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A Philadelphia native, Parks played six games with hometown Eagles in 2020.

Parks entered the league as a 2016 sixth-round draft pick (219th overall) of the Denver Broncos and is perhaps best known for taking back a would-be go-ahead point-after-touchdown for two points after fellow 2016 draftee Justin Simmons blocked it, providing the winning margin of a 25-23 win over New Orleans.

Parks has mostly served as a depth option, capable of filling in several areas. He’s developed a reputation as a physical low tackler and has defended the run well. Parks has also been a decent source of pressure from the secondary and, as evidenced by his most famous NFL moment, has also contributed on special teams.

With the signing of Parks, the Jets have now brought two of their free agents back, previously bringing back offensive lineman Connor McDermott on Thursday. The remaining free agents in the secondary include safety Marcus Maye and cornerback Javelin Guidry.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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10 months ago

Journeyman, mild surprise, Jets desperately need more talent at the Safety Position