Jets claim Derrick Kindred off waivers from Colts
Kindred, 25, was picked up by the Colts in April earlier this year after being waived by the Cleveland Browns. Indianapolis later released him, however, yesterday before the Jets brought in Kindred.
He is a former fourth-round selection of the Browns in the 2016 NFL Draft, with the TCU product competing for three years with Cleveland. Kindred played in all of the Browns’ 16 regular-season games last season, recording 45 combined tackles, one interception, and one forced fumble. The 5-foot-10 DB only started in two games during the 2018 season, though, with Kindred starting in 10 the prior year.
The Jets are in desperate need for help in the secondary. Despite the anticipated advantage of former top draft picks in safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, first-year head coach Adam Gase’s club is facing massive holes in the cornerback spots, with defensive back Derrick Jones waived earlier during the summer and former corner Morris Claiborne signing with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent (and subsequently suspended four games).
Currently, New York’s secondary consists of players like former CFL corner Tevaughn Campbell, undrafted free agent and ex-Falcons CB Brian Poole, veterans Doug Middleton and Rontez Miles, and Trumaine Johnson, the 29-year-old CB who performed poorly in his first season with the Jets, last year, and is nursing a hamstring injury at the moment.
Kindred brings both safety and cornerback experience to the Jets’ secondary, which is still waiting for the right breaks since Darrelle Revis’ retirement.