FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Jets have signed defensive back Isaiah Trufant to bolster a secondary that has been limping since the loss of defensive play caller Jim Leonhard.
“We want to see the kid play,” Rex Ryan said Thursday. “[Can] he help us in the playoffs? That’s what we’re trying to find out He was [ the United Football League’s] Defensive Most Valuable Player. He’s done some good things on the practice field. We want to see if it translates to playing on Sunday.”
Trufant (5’8″, 170 pounds) was signed to the practice squad on December 8, 2010, but spent the 2010 season in the UFL for the Las Vegas Locomotives. He was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year after recording four interceptions. He has also played in the Arena Football League for the Spokane Shock (2006), the Kansas City Brigade (2007) and the Arizona Rattlers (07-09).
“He’s a guy who practices really well,” defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said. “He has something about him and [he] makes plays. He has very unique movement skills. He’s a guy that has shown to be productive. That’s what we talked about. We say ‘Play Like a Jet’ and that’s how he practices.”
The roster spot was made available after the demoted defensive tackle Matt Kroul to the practice squad. He has played in six games for the Jets before being waived on December 28, 2010. He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa on May 1, 2009.
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