Reyes an NFL free agent again after Jets release

Staff file photo by TOM KING Nashua's Kendall Reyes, shown here helping out last season as a volunteer North assistant, was one of the cuts by the New York Jets this weekend. It's possible he could hook on with another NFL team as a reserve defensive lineman.

The Kendall Reyes Watch is back on again.

The former Nashua High School North standout was among the many cuts this weekend by the New York Jets, and now the question is will he get picked up by another team for the start of the 2018 NFL season?

It’s very possible. The Jets released Reyes late Friday, which was likely a way to give Reyes a head start to shop himself around the league.The defensive lineman, a second round pick by the San Diego Chargers back in 2012, signed with the Jets nearly a week into training camp at the beginning of August. He played for the Jets in three preseason games, and in Thursday night’s finale against Philadelphia, he recorded two tackles and a sack.

If anything, the Jets gave Reyes a chance to prove he is healthy and ready to resume his NFL career.

Reyes, who played four years with the Chargers before signing with the Washington Redskins two years ago, sat out all of last season after undergoing multiple surgeries for a wrist injury. The Redskins cut him a quarter of the way into the 2016 season, but he finished strong that year after hooking on with the Kansas City Chiefs. However, he admitted in the off-season he played with the bad wrist and needed at least two surgical procedures to correct it.

While rehabbing, Reyes spent last fall as a volunteer assistant with the Nashua North football team.

Now it remains to be seen whether he gets signed by another NFL team. Reyes has recorded 146 tackles and 14.5 sacks in five NFL seasons.

One option that is not available to Reyes is any team’s practice squad. Players with more than two accrued NFL seasons – defined by rule as at least six games on a 53-man roster – are eligible.