12/31/13 7:00am
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AP/SCOTT BOEHM PHOTO  |  Miguel Maysonet played in his first NFL game Thursday night as the Cleveland Browns won a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams.

AP/SCOTT BOEHM FILE PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet playing in his first NFL game.

All the buzz around town in late April centered around Miguel Maysonet, the former star running back for Riverhead and Stony Brook University, as the NFL draft neared.

While Maysonet did not get drafted, it didn’t take long after the draft for him to sign as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Since then, he’s bounced around a handful of teams, spending the majority of time with the Cleveland Browns during the preseason. Several teams have picked him up for their practice squads, including the New York Jets.

Most recently, he signed to the Washington Redskins’ practice squad.

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10/22/13 10:24pm
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AP/SCOTT BOEHM PHOTO  |  Miguel Maysonet played in his first NFL game Thursday night as the Cleveland Browns won a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams.

AP/SCOTT BOEHM PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet played in the preseason with Cleveland, one his five teams so far. He was released from the Jets yesterday.

No one said playing in the NFL was easy.

Miguel Maysonet’s latest bid to make an NFL roster ended Tuesday when he was released from the New York Jets’ practice squad, according to multiple media reports. The Jets were the fifth team he played with since signing with the Philadelphia Eagles shortly after the NFL Draft ended in April.

Maysonet, the former Riverhead and Stony Brook University star running back, signed with the Jets’ practice squad Oct. 15.

Maysonet has also made stops in Cleveland, Indianapolis and San Diego. He spent nearly the entire preseason with the Browns and saw action in each preseason game.

10/15/13 3:11pm
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AP/SCOTT BOEHM PHOTO  |  Miguel Maysonet played in his first NFL game Thursday night as the Cleveland Browns won a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams.

AP/SCOTT BOEHM PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet played in the preseason in Cleveland. He has since bounced around to Indianapolis, San Diego and now back in New York with the Jets.

Miguel Maysonet is coming home.

In a whirlwind start to his NFL career that has now seen him bounce around five different teams this year, Maysonet’s latest signing is to the New York Jets’ practice squad, the team formally announced this afternoon.

Maysonet joins the 3-3 Jets after a brief stint with the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad from Oct. 1-9. Maysonet’s signing came after the Jets lost running back Mike Goodson to a season-ending injury. Goodson, who missed the first four games of the season after a suspension, tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in one of his knees in his second game back with the team.

Maysonet will join a Jets team that has running backs Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Alex Greene on the active roster. John Griffin, a second-year player from UMass, is also on the practice squad.

As Maysonet tries to make his way onto an active roster, his journey has already taken him from Philadelphia to Cleveland to Indianapolis and San Diego. He spent nearly the entire preseason in Cleveland, playing in all four preseason games, before being cut on the eve of the deadline for the teams to trim their rosters to 53 players.

The Jets also announced the signing of wide receiver Josh Cribbs and wide receiver Greg Salas to the active roster.

joew@timesreview.com

09/25/13 6:43pm
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AP/SCOTT BOEHM PHOTO  |  Miguel Maysonet played in his first NFL game Thursday night as the Cleveland Browns won a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams.

AP/SCOTT BOEHM PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet spent most of training camp this year with the Cleveland Browns. He signed with the Colts Sept. 16 and was released just over a week later.

Miguel Maysonet’s stint with his third NFL team was a short one.

The former Riverhead and Stony Brook University standout was released from the Indianapolis’ Colts practice squad this afternoon, the team announced. Maysonet signed with the Colts Sept. 16.

The Colts signed wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers and running back Kerwynn Williams and released wide receiver Danny Coale and Maysonet. Teams can keep up to eight players on the practice squad.

Maysonet tweeted to his 1,300 followers this afternoon: “No one said this was going to be easy.”

Indianapolis was already Maysonet’s third team this season. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles shortly after the NFL draft ended in April. He was released in May and the Cleveland Browns claimed him off waivers. He spent the full training camp in Cleveland and saw action in all four of the Browns preseason games. The Browns released him as they trimmed their roster down to the final 53 players.

During the preseason, Maysonet rushed for 30 yards on 13 carries and caught three passes for 14 yards.

09/16/13 4:41pm
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FILE PHOTO  |  Miguel Maysonet was picked up on Monday by the Indianapolis Colts.

FILE PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet was picked up on Monday by the Indianapolis Colts.

Less than three weeks after being waived by the Cleveland Browns during final cuts, former Riverhead Blue Wave Miguel Maysonet was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts.

The running back who led the Blue Waves to a Long Island Championship in 2008 and earned a Hansen Award in the process was signed to the Colts’ practice squad. The AFC North team lost running back Vick Ballard to a season-ending knee injury late last week.

Maysonet will be the lone running back on the team’s practice squad, with running backs Ahmad Bradshaw, Donald Brown and Kerwynn Williams ahead of him on the depth chart on the active roster.

After all 32 NFL teams passed up on the Stony Brook University product during last spring’s draft, Maysonet was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles, though dropped shortly thereafter. Cleveland later picked up Maysonet and held him as long as final cuts, dropping the 23-year-old in late August as the team had to trim to a 53-man roster.

During the preseason, Maysonet rushed for 30 yards on 13 carries and caught three passes for 14 yards.

The Colts, who stand at 1-1 after losing to the Miami Dolphins in week two, face off against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

08/30/13 6:59pm
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Miguel Maysonet was waived by the Cleveland Browns Friday. The former Riverhead and Stony Brook running back saw time in each preseason game for the Browns. Photos by: Barbarellen Koch (left), Robert O’Rourk, AP/David Richard)

Miguel Maysonet was waived by the Cleveland Browns Friday on the eve of the final deadline for NFL teams to trim their rosters from 75 players to 53.

The former star running back from Riverhead was fighting for the final running back position on the Browns, who lost two established players at the position to serious injuries.

Maysonet suited up in all four preseason games for the Browns and saw limited action, mostly toward the end of each game. In Thursday’s final preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he caught 1 pass for 1 yard and did not have a carry.

Jamaine Cook, who like Maysonet was an undrafted rookie, signed with the Browns after they lost running backs Montario Hardesty and Dion Lewis to injuries. Cook carried the ball 12 times in Thursday’s game and rushed for 28 yards while veteran Brandon Jackson got the start.

Jackson will begin the year backing up former Heisman finalist Trent Richardson. The Browns also have Chris Ogbonnaya, who plays fullback and running back.

Maysonet will be placed on the waivers until noon Sunday. If he’s not claimed, he can sign as a free agent with another team. At that time, teams can also begin signing players to their practice squad, which Maysonet would be eligible as a rookie.

Maysonet originally signed with the Philadelphia Eagles shortly after the NFL Draft ended in April. He was cut in May and claimed off waivers by Cleveland.

joew@timesreview.com

Correction: An earlier version stated Trent Richardson won the Heisman Trophy. Richardson was a finalist and finished third in the voting in 2011.

08/08/13 11:04pm
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AP/SCOTT BOEHM PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet played in his first NFL game Thursday night as the Cleveland Browns won a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams.

Update: Miguel Maysonet carried the ball nine times for 25 yards Thursday night in his first NFL game as the Cleveland Browns won 27-19 against the St. Louis Rams to open the preseason.

Maysonet was the last running back to get into the game for Cleveland and most of his work came in the fourth quarter. He also had two catches for 13 yards.

He finished the game with the second most carries for the Browns behind Brandon Jackson, who carried 11 times for 32 yards. Starter Dion Lewis rushed for 12 yards on five carries.

Late in the third quarter Maysonet caught a 10-yard pass from quarterback Brian Hoyer. His longest run was for eight yards on a first-and-10 late in the fourth quarter.

The Browns were without two running backs, including their top back Trent Richardson, who was sat with a minor injury.

Original StoryMiguel Maysonet will make his unofficial NFL debut tonight when the Cleveland Browns face the St. Louis Rams at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

The former Riverhead and Stony Brook University running back is facing an uphill battle in trying to make the active roster for the start of the regular season. The Browns feature six running backs in training camp, highlighted by former Heisman winner Trent Richardson.

The good news for Maysonet is Richardson and running back Montario Hardesty are both sidelined for tonight’s game with injuries. That could open the door for Maysonet to receive more playing time.

Dion Lewis, a third-year tailback out of Pittsburgh, and Chris Ogbonnaya, a fourth-year player out of Texas, are expected to get the first crack running the ball, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Browns also feature Brandon Jackson, who’s in his sixth year out of Nebraska.

Cleveland’s starters are only expected to play the first quarter, which is typical in the first preseason game.

The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. and can be viewed online via NFL.com. The online feature, which grants access to live coverage of 65 preseason games, costs $19.99.

Maysonet was picked up off waivers by Cleveland after being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, the team he signed with immediately after going undrafted in April.

joew@timesreview.com

07/17/13 7:00pm
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ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet of Riverhead was named Stony Brook University's Co-Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday night.

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet of Riverhead was named Stony Brook University’s Co-Male Athlete of the Year in May. Wednesday, he was announced as the Big South Conference Male Athlete of the Year.

As Miguel Maysonet prepares to fight for a spot with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL, he can add one more accolade to his already impressive resume: Big South Conference’s Howard Bagwell Male Athlete of the Year.

Maysonet, a star running back at Stony Brook University, became the first football player to win the award, which was announced Wednesday. Maysonet earned 79 points and eight first-place votes to edge out Coastal Carolina soccer All-American Ashton Bennett.

Maysonet, the 2008 Hansen Award winner from Riverhead, went undrafted in the April NFL draft, but quickly signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. His time in Philadelphia was short-lived, but after the Eagles dropped him, the Browns scooped him up off waivers May 21.

The Browns’ training camp starts next week.

Maysonet was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision.