Craig James comes over from Philadelphia to join the New York Jets’ special teams
Though he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, Craig James is still seeing green.
The veteran defensive back didn’t linger long on the free agent list for long, as multiple reports say the fifth-year defender and special teamer will be joining the New York Jets.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) July 20, 2022
James, 26, entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Illinois after spending two seasons at Minnesota.
Though he began his career with the Minnesota Vikings, James spent most of his first four seasons working with the Eagles’ special teams unit before the team released him on Monday.
Perhaps ironically, James (no relation to the Pro Bowl running back and former ESPN analyst of the same name) made one start at cornerback for the Eagles against the Jets in October 2019, earning three tackles in a 31-6 win at Lincoln Financial Field.
Though he served as a special teams captain during the 2020 campaign, James spent all of last season on the Eagles’ practice squad and did not appear in any games. He was made expendable thanks to Philadelphia’s surplus of cornerbacks, which includes newcomers James Bradberry and Jimmy Moreland, formerly of the New York Giants and Houston Texans respectively.
James’ most notable moment in Philadelphia came in a nationally televised contest against Green Bay just over a week before he showed up in the starting lineup against the Jets. His tip of a would-be Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass landed in the hands of Nigel Bradham, securing a Philadelphia victory.
Nigel Bradham intercepted Aaron Rodgers last season. To be fair, the pass was tipped. But I think Saints fans are happy to have him pic.twitter.com/O6QKjhEfgR
— Chris Rosvoglou (@RosvoglouReport) July 31, 2020
James will now work with a special teams unit overseen by coordinator Brant Boyer, who is set to enter his seventh year at the helm. The Jets had two players (Justin Hardee, Del’Shawn Phillips) reach double figures in special teams tackles last season.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags
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