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Jets sign Jake Heaps, giving them five quarterbacks

New York Jets quarterback Jake Heaps (3) runs

New York Jets quarterback Jake Heaps (3) runs a drill during practice at the team's rookie minicamp, Saturday, May 9, 2015, in Florham Park, N.J. Photo Credit: AP / Rich Schultz

You can never have enough quarterbacks, apparently.

The Jets now have five signal-callers on their 90-man roster after signing Jake Heaps on Monday following his rookie minicamp tryout.

The Jets, who invited 24 players to try out over the weekend, also signed fullback J.C. Copeland. In corresponding moves, they released undrafted free-agent cornerback Greg Henderson and free-agent safety Demarkus Perkins.

Heaps joins Jets quarterbacks Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Simms and fourth-round pick Bryce Petty.

Heaps had an impressive high school career, leading Skyline High School to three 4A Washington state titles (2007-09). He bounced around during his college career, however, playing two seasons at BYU before transferring to Kansas, where he played for former Jets offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. After one season with the Jayhawks, he transferred to Miami in 2014, where he completed 6 of 12 passes for 51 yards in three appearances (no starts).

With the addition of Copeland, the Jets have two fullbacks on the roster; the other is Tommy Bohanon.

After signing with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent last year, the 5-11, 260-pound Copeland was cut in August. He played four seasons at LSU, rushing for 92 yards on 36 carries. Copeland was recruited by the Tigers as a defensive tackle but made the switch to fullback.

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