The New York Jets announced Monday that they’ve signed Valentine Holmes from the Australian National Rugby as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway program.
AFC East teams are all allowed to bring in an international player to develop this year.
The International Player Pathway program was instituted by the NFL in 2017 as a way to grow the game of football. Each year one of the NFL’s eight divisions will be randomly chosen to receive one international player each.
Those players don’t count against the 90-man roster limit and can be carried as an eleventh practice squad member if they’re not signed to a contract.
Holmes (6’1″, 200), is listed as a running back/wide receiver/kick returner. Holmes joined the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at 17 years old and made his professional debut at 19. He represented Australia in the 2017 Rugby World Cup and scored five tries in the quarterfinals and six tries in the semis.