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Miguel Maysonet practices and hopes to be with Jets for the long run

Running back Miguel Maysonet of the Stony Brook

Running back Miguel Maysonet of the Stony Brook football team arrives for the Stony Brook NFL Pro Day workout. (March 22, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- A meeting. Then another meeting. Then a stint on the scout teams during practice. Then some more meetings into the night.

This was former Stony Brook star Miguel Maysonet's first full day as a member of the Jets practice squad Wednesday.

And he loved every minute of it.

"It was fun," Maysonet said. "I did a lot of scout-team running back, a lot of scout-team special teams. Keeps me going. Keeps me running around."

Running around is all the 5-9, 200-pound running back has been doing since he went undrafted six months ago. Now he has run home. Well, close to it anyway.

The Jets are the Riverhead product's fifth team in the last six months. Maysonet has spent time with the Eagles, Browns, Colts and Chargers. He was in Cincinnati on Monday to meet with the Bengals when the Jets called. He arrived in Florham Park on Tuesday, a day off for the players.

Yesterday was a day to work. Maysonet's job on the scout teams was to act as the Jets' opponent -- in this case, the Patriots, who come to MetLife Stadium on Sunday -- at running back and on special teams.

"I really enjoyed that," Maysonet said. "Instead of just standing around and just watching, I actually got to get the football feeling back. It was good to be out there running around. It was awesome being so close to home."

Maysonet has no idea if he is going to stick with the Jets past this weekend. Practice-squad players are moved in and out often. They all have the same dream: to get called up to a team's 53-man roster and put on the pads on Sunday (or Thursday night/Monday night in today's NFL).

For now, Maysonet is happy to have a locker at the Jets' training facility and a uniform number: 24. Yes, the same number that was once worn by All-Pro corner Darrelle Revis.

Maysonet had a Jets jersey growing up: Curtis Martin's 28, which the team retired last year in honor of the Hall of Fame running back.

The Hall of Fame probably isn't on Maysonet's mind. He's thinking about his next set of meetings and learning the Jets' playbook before Thursday's second practice.

"A lot of the teams I've been on, a lot of the stuff transitions over," Maysonet said. "It's just different terminology. I think once I get the terminology down, I'll be able to pick up the offense pretty quick."

Somewhere amid the whirlwind, Maysonet is constantly reminded of those who are rooting for him on Long Island and beyond.

"My phone -- all night long has just been ringing," he said. "I come back to my phone, 20-plus text messages each time. It's awesome to have this hometown support. I'm hoping I'm able to stay here for the long run."


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