Jason Vander Laan
Free agent
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1992-09-22) September 22, 1992 (age 27)
Frankfort, Illinois
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Chicago Christian
(Palos Heights, Illinois)
College:Ferris State
Career history
* New York Jets ( 2016 2017)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Harlon Hill Trophy (2014, 2015)
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Player stats at

Jason Kenneth Vander Laan (born September 22, 1992) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. 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 careerEdit

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, which is awarded to the best player in all of NCAA Division II.[4]

Professional careerEdit

New York JetsEdit

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.[1] He was released by the team on August 28, 2016.[5] He was re-signed to the practice squad on December 20, 2016.[6] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets on January 2, 2017.[7] He was waived by the Jets on September 3, 2017.[8]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On November 3, 2017, Vander Laan was signed to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad.[9] He was promoted to the active roster on November 25, 2017.[10] He was waived by the Colts on May 7, 2018.[11]

Carolina PanthersEdit

On May 21, 2018, Vander Laan signed with the Carolina Panthers.[12] He was waived on September 1, 2018 and signed to the practice squad the next day.[13][14] He was promoted to the active roster on December 19, 2018.[15]

Vander Laan was waived during final roster cuts on August 30, 2019.[16]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Allen, Eric (May 5, 2016). "Jets Sign 13 Undrafted Free agents". New York Jets. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  2. "Ferris State QB Vander Laan leads AP Little All-America team". Associated Press. ESPN. December 17, 2015.
  3. National Collegiate Athletic Association (2015). Division II Football Records. National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 4.
  4. Scheldt, Marshall (December 18, 2015). "Vander Laan Wins Second Harlon Hill Trophy: Bulldog Becomes Fourth Player to Ever Win Prestigious Award Twice". Ferris State University Torch (Big Rapids, MI).
  5. "Jets Release 11, Place Devin Smith on PUP List". New York Jets. August 28, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  6. Greenberg, Ethan (December 20, 2016). "Jets Place Winters and Catapano on IR". New York Jets.
  7. "Jets Sign 5 Players to Reserve/Future Deals". New York Jets. January 2, 2017.
  8. Allen, Eric (September 3, 2017). "Jets Claim Four Including Two Receivers". New York Jets.
  9. "Roster Move: Colts Sign TE Jason Vander Laan to Practice Squad". Indianapolis Colts. November 3, 2017.
  10. "Roster Moves: Colts Elevate TE Jason Vander Laan to Active Roster". Indianapolis Colts. November 25, 2017.
  11. "Roster Move: Colts Claim TE Randall Telfer". Indianapolis Colts. May 7, 2018. Archived from the original on May 8, 2018.
  12. Smith, Bradley (May 21, 2018). "Panthers Roster Moves: Jason Vander Laan and Ashaad Mabry Signed; Korren Kirven Waived".
  13. Voth, Bill (September 1, 2018). "Panthers Trim Roster to 53". Carolina Panthers.
  14. Voth, Bill (September 2, 2018). "Frazier, Allen among 10 signed to practice squad". Carolina Panthers.
  15. "Panthers place Graham Gano on injured reserve". December 19, 2018.
  16. Henson, Max (August 30, 2019). "Panthers announce first wave of 2019 roster cuts". Retrieved August 30, 2019.

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