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Jets acquire former Pats QB O’Connell. Is Clemens on his way out?

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

In a very interesting move that could mean the end for Kellen Clemens as a Jet, the team traded for former Patriots QB Kevin O’Connell from the Lions who claimed him off waivers last week. The deal was confirmed by JI through multiple sources.  The team has also claimed two players off waivers from the Titans,  Punter A.J. Trapasso and TE Matthew Mulligan according to the Daily News.

The Jets had tried to claim the O’Connell when he was waived by New England but the Lions got him first due to having a worst record last season.  Details of the trade were not avialable.

The Jets have reportedly traded for former Patriots QB Kevin OConnell from the Lions.

The Jets now have four QB's on the roster after trading for former Patriots QB Kevin O'Connell from the Lions.

O’Connell (6′5″-225Lbs) , a third round pick for the Pats last season out of San Diego State fell out of favor with New England and surprisingly was released last week.

The move sends strong messages that the team will likely deal or release veteran Kellen Clemens, who lost the QB battle this camp to rookie Mark Sanchez. Third string QB Eric Ainge’s stock soared this summer as he had a great camp and pre-season which I would imagine in the Coaches minds makes Clemens expendable.

O’Connell was highly touted coming out of college as having the size and all of the tools to be a strong NFL QB prospect.  It will be interesting to see how he develops under Brian Schottenheimer and the Jets offense. You can also bet your bottom dollar that the coaches will grill him like a murder suspect in regards to the Pats offense with a matchup against New England coming up in week 2.

Trapasso was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Titans this April out of Ohio State.

Mulligan, who went to the University of Maine, was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Miami last year where he spent part of the year on their practice squad before being released in November of 2008. He was then picked up shortly afterwards by the Titans where he spent the remainder of the season on Tennessee’s practice squad and went through their camp this summer. Mulligan is know as more of a blocker than pass catcher.

The moves mean that the Jets will have to release three players which could end RB Danny Woodhead’s short tenure as a rostered NFL pro.  Incumbent punter Reggie Hodges will also likely be released.

UPDATE: 8PM

The Jets just sent out a press release confirming all of the above moves and also announced that they have picked up FB Jason Davis off waviers from the Bears. Davis, started as an undrafted FA with the Eagles in 2006 and played with both Oakland and Chicago last season.

As expected, the news was not good for a few long shots who made the final roster cuts yesterday and are out of a job today. RB Danny Woohead, the ”feel good” story of camp was cut, along with LB Brandon Renkart, T Mike Kraclic and P Reggie Hodges. Look for all of these players except Hodges to be signed to the practice squad if they clear waivers.

The speculation on Kellen Clemens future continues to be debated. However, GM Mike Tannenbaum made a statement earlier tonight that the Jets will keep 4 QB’s on the roster. He also said that the team was very high on and interested in O’Connell during last year’s draft.

Another possible explanation in acquiring O’Connell is that either Clemens or Eric Ainge have some type of injury that the team hasn’t announced and he was brought in as extra insurance. Most likely there will be much more on this situation in the days to come.  

Be sure to check back to JI often for more on these breaking stories!

Jets Announce Final Cuts

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

UPDATED AT 4:20 PM

Check back with JetsInsider.com often today as we update news on player cuts and possible additions as the team trims it’s roster to 53 players.

In very Wayne Chrebet-like fashion, long shot RB Danny Woodhead has made the team. The Jets just announced their final cuts and the undrafted fireplug division II RB from Chadron State, who spent all of last season on IR after he blew out his knee in camp, has made the final 53.  

Here is the full list of players cut today:

  • TE Kareem Brown
  • CB Rashad Barksdale
  • FB Brock Christopher
  • S Emanuel Cook
  • K Parker Douglass
  • RB Anthony Kimble
  • DL Matt Kroul
  • T Nevin McCaskill
  • DE Zach Porter
  • DL Ty Steinkuhler
  • G Stanley Daniels
  • TE Jack Simmons
  • WR Marcus Henry
  • TE Kevin Brock
  • LB Kenwin Cummings
  • WR Aundrae Allison was moved to IR
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    Jets Danny Woodhead’s NFL dreams became a reality today as the scrappy RB made the team. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

    Jets Danny Woodhead’s NFL dreams became a reality today as the scrappy RB made the team. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

    Surprise players kept include two Rutgers LB’s: One year LB Brandon Renkart who surprisingly beat out Cummings and not as much of a surprise, rookie Jamal Westerman who was undrafted and actually had a better camp than Vernon Gholston.

    Look for Gang Green to keep a very close eye on the waiver wire this afternoon and this evening as they search for help at  tight end, punter and possibly offensive line and wide receiver.  

    The Jets will likely bring back several of the players cut today for their practice squad of eight if they clear waivers.

    Be sure to keep a close eye on JI today as we will update this page as we get more news. Also, be sure to log on to our messageboard to interact with other Jets fans on this busy NFL day.