Jets promote rugby player Smith to roster

National Football Post

Former rugby star Hayden Smith, who is making the transition to American football, has been promoted to the New York Jets' 53-man roster, according to Newsday.

Tight end Jeff Cumberland suffered a hand injury, and the Jets could need Smith to be their second tight end on Sunday.

Smith, who worked out for several NFL teams in the off-season, signed with the Jets this summer and had been on the team's practice squad while learning and transitioning to the NFL after having been a rugby star.

To make room on the 53-man roster, the Jets waived wide receiver Jason Hill on Saturday.

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