Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is back with the New York Jets
The New York Jets are adding to their offensive line depth by bringing back a familiar face. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has agreed to sign with the team after participating in a workout on Monday, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The Doctor is in: The #Jets are signing FA OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif after his workout on Monday, source said. Duvernay-Tardif finished a portion of his medical residency in Canada recently, liked his time with NYJ in 2021 and now is back.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 17, 2022
New York acquired Duvernay-Tardif (also known as “LDT” for short) from the Kansas City Chiefs in a trade during the 2021 season. The Jets sent tight end Daniel Brown to Kansas City in the deal. Brown was later waived by the Chiefs and signed back with the Jets.
Duvernay-Tardif started 7 games at right guard for New York, replacing the struggling Greg Van Roten. He was a serviceable starter and contributed to the improvement of a Jets rushing attack that performed much better toward the end of the year.
Following the conclusion of the 2021 season, Duvernay-Tardif became a free agent, but he returned to Canada to continue pursuing his medical career and did not sign with a team. Duvernay-Tardif recently completed a portion of his medical residency, per Rapoport.
The Jets had a need for depth on the interior of their offensive line. Since Alijah Vera-Tucker suffered a season-ending injury in Week 7, the Jets have been surviving with only four players on the active roster who can play on the interior: Laken Tomlinson, Connor McGovern, Nate Herbig, and Dan Feeney – with Feeney being the only backup on the active roster.
Even the Jets’ practice squad was thin on IOL depth. They had two interior linemen on the practice squad with a combined total of one NFL start (Adam Pankey and Chris Glaser).