Jets Sign DB Blake Countess

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Blake Countess (39) in action during a Week 1 Preseason NFL football game between the Tennessee Titans and the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Titans beat the Eagles 27-10. (Matt Patterson via AP)

The Jets have signed DB Blake Countess and waived DB Arthur Maulet. The team also added OL Corbin Kaufusi to their practice squad as the Green & White had a vacant spot after the Ravens signed S Bennett Jackson to their active roster.

Countess, a fourth-year pro who played collegiately at both Michigan and Auburn, totaled 54 tackles, three pass defenses, two interceptions and one sack in 37 games for the Los Angeles Rams from 2016-18. The 5’10”, 191-pounder also returned kicks last season, tallying 419 yards on 17 returns for an average of 24.6 yards.

Originally an Eagles’ sixth-round draft pick in 2016, Countess re-signed with Philadelphia in May and was waived Aug. 13.

Maulet played in all five contests for the Jets and totaled two tackles. The third-year pro signed a reserve/future contact with the Green & White in January. In 17 career games, the 5’10”, 190-pounder totaled 12 tackles.

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Kaufusi, brother of fellow Jets practice squad member Bronson Kaufusi, signed with the Saints in May after going undrafted. The 6’9”, 275-pounder tallied four tackles and two pass defenses in the preseason. The BYU product played in 36 games for the Cougars, registering 153 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss 16 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Jackson was first claimed by the Jets Sept. 1 and was waived Sept. 16 before re-signing to the Green & White’s practice squad. The second-year player was drafted by the Giants in the sixth round in 2014 and played two seasons crosstown before spending the past two years with the Ravens.

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