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Jets sign Long Island's Mike Catapano after workout

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Catapano hits

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Catapano hits a blocking sled during training camp, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 in St. Joseph, Mo. Credit: AP / Andrew Carpenean

Following a workout Tuesday, the Jets signed Long Island's Mike Catapano to their practice squad.

The 25-year-old defensive end, who was a surprise cut by the Chiefs on Saturday, had been scheduled to visit with the Bears on Wednesday and with the Packers on Friday following his New Jersey visit.

Catapano, a Bayville native and a Chaminade alumnus, became the first Princeton player drafted in more than a decade when the Chiefs selected him in the seventh round in 2013. Catapano's release appeared to stem from the Chiefs' 3-4 scheme.

"Mike's a good football player and he'll probably hook on with somebody else,'' Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday. "I think if you were running a 4-3 and you put Mike as a rush defensive end, hand in the dirt and get yourself upfield and go, I think that's what he's going to hook on with, a team like that.''

Catapano, who is represented by Long Island-based agents Alan Herman and Jared Fox, played in 15 games as a rookie, getting a sack. He spent last season on injured reserve because of a gastrointestinal virus and a concussion.

"Whoever gets him, I think they're getting a good football player, and hopefully he gets on to a team where they're running a 4-3 front,'' Reid said of the 6-4 Catapano, who was listed at 270 pounds by the Chiefs, although Catapano had told local writers he weighed 290.

Catapano was the Ivy League's best defensive player as a senior, with 12 sacks and 151/2 tackles. At his Princeton pro day in 2013, he worked out for representatives from 15 NFL teams.

A fullback and defensive lineman at Chaminade, he played only seven total games as a junior and senior because of two separate hand injuries and shoulder surgery.

"That's one of the reasons you choose a Princeton over a Division I school, because it could be over any second,'' Catapano told Newsday in 2008. "You could tear your ACL in any game and then that's it. But if you're in an environment like that, you can always rebound to something better.''

With the addition of Catapano and Monday's signing of safety Rontez Miles, the Jets are at the 10-player practice-squad limit.

Notes & quotes: Former Giants safety Stevie Brown was among several players who tried out for the Jets on Tuesday.

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