Neal J. Sterling (born January 14, 1992) is an American football tight end for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Monmouth University.
1 Early years 2 College career 3 Professional career
3.1 Jacksonville Jaguars 3.2 New York Jets 3.3 Kansas City Chiefs 3.4 New York Jets (second stint)
Early years Sterling attended Belmar Elementary School (Belmar, New Jersey) and Manasquan High School (in Manasquan, New Jersey), where he played both basketball and football. Sterling was a two-time NJSIAA Group II Central Jersey State Champion his junior and senior year at Manasquan High School under coach Pete Cahill. In his senior year, the Warriors posted a 9-3 record where Sterling led the team in offense with 40 catches for 700 yards with 8 touchdowns. He also was a big help on defense at safety, where he recorded 50 tackles and one interception. After receiving multiple scholarships for both sports, he opted for a full football scholarship offer from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. College career Sterling played wide receiver at Monmouth University. He did not see time his freshman year, ultimately redshirting. In his redshirt freshman year, Sterling started all 11 of Monmouth's games where he recorded 57 receptions for 677 yards and five touchdowns. After leading the team in receptions and receiving yards, Sterling was named Northeast Conference Offensive Rookie of the Year and was a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, given to the nation's top freshman in the FCS. During his sophomore campaign, Sterling recorded 33 receptions, 386 receiving yards, and five touchdowns while playing in all 10 games. His 33 catches were third on the team and the 386 receiving yards were second. In his junior year, Sterling played in all 12 of his games where he recorded 57 catches, 647 receiving yards, and six touchdowns which all led the team. The following year, Sterling had his best season. He again led the team in the three major receiving categories where he managed to get 55 receptions, 905 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. Professional career Jacksonville Jaguars Sterling was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round with the 220th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was waived by the team on September 4, 2015 and was signed to the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on October 20, 2015. In 2016, Sterling converted to the tight end position. He played in 10 games with one start during the 2016 season, recording 12 catches for 110 yards. On September 3, 2017, Sterling was waived by the Jaguars. New York Jets On September 6, 2017, Sterling was signed by the New York Jets. He was released by the team on October 5, 2017. Kansas City Chiefs On October 7, 2017, Sterling was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad. New York Jets (second stint) On October 25, 2017, Sterling was signed by the Jets off the Chiefs' practice squad. References
^ http://nyjets.about.com/od/Featured-and-Editorial-Content/fl/NFL-Draft-NFL-dream-closer-now-than-ever-before-for-Monmouths-Neal-Sterling.htm ^ http://www.app.com/story/sports/college/monmouth-university/2014/10/29/monmouths-sterling-playing-nfl-shot-coming/18115987/ ^ http://www.app.com/story/sports/college/monmouth-university/2015/03/10/monmouths-sterling-continues-nfl-draft-process-mu-pro-day/24710859/ ^ Newman, Josh. "Monmouth's Neal Sterling Chosen in NFL Draft by Jacksonville Jaguars", Asbury Park Press, May 3, 2015. Accessed May 17, 2015. "Sterling, a Belmar native and a 2009 graduate of Manasquan High School, finished in the top three on the career list of every receiving category." ^ Oehser, John (May 2, 2015). "'15 NFL Draft: Jaguars select Sterling at No. 220". Jaguars.com. Retrieved September 2, 2017. ^ Oehser, John (September 4, 2015). "Roster moves: Eighteen done, four to go". Jaguars.com. Retrieved September 2, 2017. ^ "Jaguars sign eight to practice squad". Jaguars.com. September 6, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2017. ^ "Jaguars make roster moves". Jaguars.com. October 20, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2017. ^ Kaye, Mike (October 2, 2016). "Jaguars forced to improvise at tight end in win over the Colts". firstcoastnews.com. Retrieved September 2, 2017. ^ "Jaguars claim five players off waivers". Jaguars.com. September 3, 2017. ^ Lange, Randy (September 6, 2017). "Jets Sign TE Neal Sterling to Active Roster". NewYorkJets.com. ^ Allen, Eric (October 5, 2017). "Jets Waive TE Sterling". NewYorkJets.com. ^ "Chiefs Sign TE Neal Sterling To Practice Squad, Release TE Orson Charles". October 7, 2017. ^ Lange, Randy (October 25, 2017). "Jets IR Xavier Coleman, Re-Sign Neal Sterling". NewYorkJets.com.
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Jacksonville Jaguars 2015 NFL draft selections
Dante Fowler Jr. T. J. Yeldon A. J. Cann James Sample Rashad Greene Michael Bennett Neal Sterling Ben Koyack
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1 Tre McBride 3 Brisly Estime 4 Lachlan Edwards 5 Christian Hackenberg 9 Bryce Petty 10 Jermaine Kearse 11 Robby Anderson 15 Josh McCown 16 Chad Hansen 17 Charone Peake 18 ArDarius Stewart 19 Devin Smith 21 Morris Claiborne 22 Trumaine Johnson 23 Terrence Brooks 25 Elijah McGuire 26 Marcus Maye 27 Darryl Roberts 29 Bilal Powell 31 Derrick Jones 32 Juston Burris 33 Jamal Adams 34 Jeremy Clark 35 Terrell Sinkfield 36 Doug Middleton 36 Rashard Robinson 37 Akeem Judd 37 Bryson Keeton 38 Xavier Coleman 41 Buster Skrine 42 Thomas Hennessy 44 Lawrence Thomas 45 Rontez Miles 48 Jordan Jenkins 49 Dylan Donahue 50 Freddie Bishop 51 Brandon Copeland 55 Lorenzo Mauldin 57 Obum Gwacham 58 Darron Lee 65 Korren Kirven 67 Brian Winters 68 Kelvin Beachum 69 Ben Braden 70 Dakota Dozier 71 Ben Ijalana 72 Brandon Shell 75 Xavier Cooper 77 James Carpenter 78 Jonotthan Harrison 79 Brent Qvale 81 Quincy Enunwa 82 Lucky Whitehead 83 Eric Tomlinson 84 Damore'ea Stringfellow 85 Neal Sterling 86 Jordan Leggett 87 JoJo Natson 89 Jalin Marshall 91 Claude Pelon 92 Leonard Williams 93 Deon Simon 95 Josh Martin 98 Mike Pennel 99 Steve McLendon -- Micah Awe -- Teddy Bridgewater -- Isaiah Crowell -- Neville Hewitt -- Bucky Hodges -- Charles Johnson -- Spencer Long -- Kevin Pierre-Louis -- Kevin Minter -- Terrelle Pryor -- Thomas Rawls -- Andre Roberts -- Kacy Rodgers II -- Cairo Santos -- Travis Swanson -- Ben Turk -- Clive Walford -- Avery Williamson
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