NEW YORK — After being released by the Arizona Cardinals early last week, former Air Force defensive back Zane Lewis has signed with the New York Jets' practice squad.
Lewis was a two year starter for the Falcons recording 45 total tackles and a team-best 15 pass breakups last season.
Lewis will be attempting to become the fourth former Air Force player on a current NFL roster, joining offensive lineman Ben Garland (2010 graduate) with San Francisco, tight end Garrett Griffin (2016 graduate) with New Orleans and long snapper Austin Cutting (2019 graduate) with Minnesota.
Lewis now enters uncharted waters as a possible NFL prospect. The Virginia native will now have to apply for deferred service time through a new policy approved by the Department of Defense back in November. Lewis is the first Cadet to ever go through this process.
Air Force capped a historic season in 2020 with a 31-21 win over Washington State in the Cheez-It Bowl Dec. 27 in Phoenix, Ariz. The win gave Air Force an 11-2 overall record. Air Force’s 11 wins are the third most in program history, trailing the 12 wins in 1985 and 1998.