Jets Sign LB Brandon Copeland
The NY Jets have announced that they signed linebacker Brandon Copeland.
Copeland didn’t play in 2017 due to a torn pectoral muscle. The Detroit Lions did not tender him a contract as a restricted free agent. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons he had 30 tackles, and a half-sack in 32 games. He was used mostly as on special teams.
Copeland spent 2015-16 with the Lions, recording 30 tackles and one forced fumble in 32 games (one start). The fourth-year veteran missed the 2017 season with a pectoral tear that he suffered in the preseason.
“Too many different levels of excitement to put into words,” he said after inking his deal. “Coming off of injured reserve, having to sit every Sunday, Monday and Thursday and watching other people play, I’m first and foremost excited to get back to the game that I love.”
Copeland’s grandfather, Roy Hilton, played 11 seasons in the NFL and lined up with the Baltimore Colts against the Jets in Super Bowl III.
The 26 year old, who is listed at 6’3” and 263 lbs originally signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He also spent time on the Tennessee Titans practice squad and in the arena league.
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