Jets waive 3rd-rounder Polite, trade Nickerson to Seahawks
NEW YORK (AP) — The Jets quickly cut ties with third-round pick Jachai Polite, a pass rusher from Florida who struggled to make an impact during training camp.
Jets Preview Capsule
NEW YORK JETS (4-12)
NEW FACES: GM Joe Douglas, coach Adam Gase, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, RB Le'Veon Bell, LB C.J. Mosley, C Ryan Kalil, WR Jamison Crowder, RB-WR Ty Montgomery,...
Jets in 3rd round: Florida DE Polite, USC OT Edoga
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets picked a pass rusher with plenty to prove.
Florida's Jachai Polite was the first of the Jets' two third-round selections Friday night, going 68th...
SEC teams look to find defensive stoppers after draft exodus
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — This week's NFL draft showcases some of the Southeastern Conference's top defensive players from a year ago.
It also is a window into the SEC's challenges this...
Florida’s Taylor, Polite going opposite ways as draft nears
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida teammates Jawaan Taylor and Jachai Polite have been big movers in NFL mock drafts.
Former Louisville linebacker Greenard enrolls at Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Louisville linebacker Jonathan Greenard has enrolled at Florida as a graduate transfer and will be eligible to play in 2019.
The 6-foot-4, 263-pounder from Hiram, Georgia, missed most of last season because of a wrist injury sustained in the opener. He led the Cardinals with 15 1/2 tackles for loss in 2017, including a team-high seven sacks, and was named a team captain last year.
Florida pass-rusher Polite leaves school early for NFL draft
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida defensive end Jachai Polite has decided to leave school early and enter the NFL draft.
The junior announced his decision via social media Monday, saying "I can't wait to prove to NFL teams that I can be and will be the best defensive lineman in the NFL."
Florida offensive tackle Taylor leaving school early for NFL
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor is forgoing his final year of college eligibility and entering the NFL draft.
The 6-foot-5, 330-pound junior announced his decision via social media Saturday night after the Gators beat Michigan 41-15 in the Peach Bowl . Taylor also signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Peach Bowl Matchup
Michigan (11-2, Big Ten, No. 7 CFP) vs. Florida (9-3, SEC, No. 10 CFP), Dec. 29
Michigan: RB Karan Higdon is Big Ten's second-leading rusher with 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Florida: DL Jachai Polite has 16 tackles for loss, including 11 sacks, to rank third in the SEC in both categories.
Florida’s Polite, UGA’s Walker could sack ‘Cocktail Party’
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Game-wrecking pass-rushers could turn the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" into a steady stream of sack celebrations.
Florida's Jachai Polite and Georgia's D'Andre Walker are two of the most disruptive defenders in the Southeastern Conference. Polite, a junior defensive end, has seven sacks in as many games and at least one in each of the last five. Walker, a senior linebacker, has five of the team's nine sacks and a team-high 10 quarterback hurries.
No. 14 Florida heads to Vanderbilt looking to keep streaking
No. 14 Florida (5-1, 3-1 SEC) at Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-2), Saturday, noon ET (ESPN).
Line: Florida by 8.
Series record: Florida leads 39-10-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
The Gators have a four-game winning streak going since losing to Kentucky and need a victory to keep pace in the chase for second in the SEC East. Vanderbilt is looking for its first league victory this season and a very rare win over Florida.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida defensive end CeCe Jefferson had shoulder surgery earlier this week, but the senior is expected to return in time for preseason practice in August.
Jefferson injured his shoulder in Saturday's spring game.
The 6-foot-1, 242-pound Jefferson led the Gators with 13½ tackles for loss and 4½ sacks last year.
Florida WR Toney, DE Polite out at SC; G Heggie out for year
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will be without dynamic receiver Kadarius Toney and defensive end Jachai Polite at South Carolina on Saturday.
Gators interim coach Randy Shannon also said Monday that left guard Brett Heggie will miss the remainder of the season with a leg injury. Heggie appeared to injure his left knee in Saturday's 45-16 loss at Missouri.
Toney and Polite did not travel to Missouri because of shoulder injuries.