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Jets Sign Four to Practice Squad

Deon Simon Returns, Xavier Coleman Continues His Climb


The Jets signed LB Frank Beltre, OL Ben Braden, CB Xavier Coleman and DL Deon Simon to their practice squad.

The Jets signed Beltre to a reserve/future deal in January after he spent time in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders. Beltre, who was born in the the Dominican Republic and moved to New Jersey when he was 11, appeared in 45 games (40 starts) for the Towson Tigers as he racked up 232 tackles, 38 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. The 6'2", 250-pound Beltre missed the first two preseason games with injury, but he recorded a sack against the Eagles in the Jets' 16-10 win last Thursday.

Braden was one of 39 players to try out for the Jets at rookie minicamp and he signed with the team on May 7. The Michigan product appeared in 38 games while making 25 starts for the Wolverines on their offensive line and was named All-Big Ten second-team in 2016. The 6'6", 335-pounder was also a 2015 All-Big Ten honorable mention.

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Born with a serious heart condition, Coleman was told in 2009 that he would never play football again. But following a successful nine-hour open-heart surgery, Coleman was a multi-sport star at Jesuit HS (Portland, OR) and he earned a football scholarship to Portland State, where he would go on to earn All-Big Sky Conference honors three times during his career. He had a career-high five picks in 2015 and amassed nine interceptions in 45 career contests. Coleman originally signed with the Jets in May.

Simon appeared in 16 games last season and started in one, registering 23 tackles and 1.5 sacks. The 6'4", 332-pounder spent the past two seasons with the Green & White as he was a seventh-round pick in the 2015 Draft. The Northwestern State product split time between the practice squad and the active roster in his first pro year.

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