Jason Vander Laan

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Jason Vander Laan
No. 84 – Carolina Panthers
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1992-09-22) September 22, 1992 (age 25)
Frankfort, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Palos Heights (IL) Chicago Christian
College: Ferris State
Undrafted: 2016
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Player stats at NFL.com

Jason Kenneth Vander Laan (born September 22, 1992) is an American football tight end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football as a quarterback at Ferris State. Vander Laan was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2016.[1]

College career[edit]

At Ferris State, Vander Laan set the NCAA all-divisions record for career rushing yards by a quarterback with 5,953.[2] He also set the NCAA Division II record for rushing yards in a single season by a quarterback (1,607 in 2013).[3] Also, at Ferris State he won 2 Harlon Hill Trophies[4], which is the best player in all of NCAA Division II[5].

Professional career[edit]

New York Jets[edit]

Vander Laan was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2016. With the Jets, he converted from a quarterback to a tight end.[6] He was released by the team on August 28, 2016.[7] He was re-signed to the practice squad on December 20, 2016.[8] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets on January 2, 2017.[9]

On September 3, 2017, Vander Laan was waived by the Jets.[10]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On November 3, 2017, Vander Laan was signed to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad.[11] He was promoted to the active roster on November 25, 2017.[12]

On May 7, 2018, Vander Laan was waived by the Colts.[13]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On May 21, 2018, Vander Laan signed with the Carolina Panthers.[14]


  1. ^ Allen, Eric (May 5, 2016). "Jets sign 13 undrafted free agents". NewYorkJets.com. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ Ferris State QB Vander Laan leads AP Little All-America team, 17 December 2015. Associated Press. Retrieved 2016-12-19.
  3. ^ NCAA Division II Football Records, 2015, p. 4. Retrieved 2016-12-19.
  4. ^ https://fsutorch.com/2015/12/18/vander-laan-wins-second-harlon-hill-trophy/
  5. ^ https://www.ncaa.com/sports/football/d2
  6. ^ Allen, Eric (May 5, 2016). "Jets Sign 13 Undrafted Free Agents". NewYorkJets.com. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Jets Release 11, Place Devin Smith on PUP List". NewYorkJets.com. August 28, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (December 20, 2016). "Jets Place Winters and Catapano on IR". NewYorkJets.com. 
  9. ^ "Jets Sign 5 Players to Reserve/Future Deals". NewYorkJets.com. January 2, 2017. 
  10. ^ Allen, Eric (September 3, 2017). "Jets Claim Four Including Two Receivers". NewYorkJets.com. 
  11. ^ "Roster Move: Colts Sign TE Jason Vander Laan To Practice Squad". Colts.com. November 3, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Roster Moves: Colts Elevate TE Jason Vander Laan To Active Roster". Colts.com. November 25, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Roster Move: Colts Claim TE Randall Telfer". Colts.com. May 7, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Panthers roster moves: Jason Vander Laan and Ashaad Mabry signed; Korren Kirven waived". CatScratchReader.com. May 21, 2018. 

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