Nashua’s Reyes back in the NFL with Jets

Photo by The Associated Press. Kendall Reyes, who enjoyed his best years in San Diego, is back in the NFL, signing with the Jets late on Friday.

Kendall Reyes is back in the game.

When the Nashua High School North football team begins practice soon, Reyes won’t be there helping out his alma mater’s coaching staff. Instead he’ll be working hard to make the New York Jets.

Reyes, the defensive lineman who has played with the San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs signed with the Jets at the start of the weekend and is with the team in training camp in New Jersey.

Reyes was out of football for the entire 2017 season as he had multiple surgeries on his wrist following his 2016 season, which he split between the Washington Redskins and then the Kansas City Chiefs. His best the former Titan and University of Connecticut standout enjoyed in the NFL were his four with the San Diego Chargers. To make room for Reyes, the Jets waived fellow defensive lineman Shaneil Jenkins.

Reyes, in 76 career games, has 146 tackles and 14.5 sacks. After the 2015 season, he wasn’t re-signed by the Chargers, who drafted him in the second round in 2012. He signed with Washington in March of 2016 but injured his groin early on that season and was let go a quarter of the way through before finding a home with Kansas City for the remainder of the season.

But Reyes played with an injured wrist through much of that season, and needed multiple surgeries to repair the damage. Now he’s fully healthy. He basically spent last fall as a volunteer assistant coach with the Titans.

“I can’t do anything unless I’m healthy,” Reyes said last August. “So I just have to continue and go through the process of rehabilitation.

“I was pretty healthy the first four years, I made it through somehow. But (in 2016) I had a lot of injuries.”

Ironically, if he can make the Jets out of camp and stick with them, Reyes would have a shot at finally playing a game at Gillette Stadium. He played against the Patriots in San Diego in his final season as a Charger, but missed out on a chance to come to Foxborough in the playoffs with both the Chargers and Chiefs after both suffered playoff losses when wins would have had them coming to Gillette.

The Patriots visit the Jets on Nov. 25 and wind up the regular season with them at home on Dec. 30.