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Eight Players Waived
By Courtesy NY Jets
August 28th, 2004

The New York Jets announced today they have waived eight players: quarterback Chris Finlen, wide receivers Carl Kearney and Derek Lee, offensive lineman Randy Chevrier and Sean Young, defensive backs Art Thomas and Jarrell Weaver and defensive tackle Kory Klein. The announcements were made by Jetsí General Manager Terry Bradway.

The New York Jets announced today they have waived eight players: quarterback Chris Finlen, wide receivers Carl Kearney and Derek Lee, offensive lineman Randy Chevrier and Sean Young, defensive backs Art Thomas and Jarrell Weaver and defensive tackle Kory Klein. The announcements were made by Jetsí General Manager Terry Bradway.

Chris Finlen, a first-year man from Northern Illinois, is in his first training camp with the Jets this season. Finlen was a member of NFL Europeís Barcelona Dragons in 2003 and spent time with the New Orleans Saints last training camp. Finlen was a player personnel intern with the Chicago Bears in 2002 before heading to the spring European league. Finlen only saw action in the Clubs 31-7 preseason victory at Indianapolis.

Carl Kearney, signed with the Jets as a rookie free agent from NCAA Division I-AA power house Georgia Southern, an offense strictly predicated on the running game. Kearney, a physical-blocker, completed his collegiate career with 22 receptions for 457 yards (20.8 avg.) and two touchdowns and added 196 yards on 12 KOR, along with 37 special teams tackles. Kearney saw action in two preseason games recording one special teams tackle at Indianapolis.

Derek Lee, a rookie free agent hailing from Tennessee Tech, is the tallest of the Jetsí wide receivers in training camp (6-5, 215). Lee reaches the Jets after one of the most prolific collegiate careers in school history with 129 receptions for 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns. Lee played in preseason game one but didnít record any statistics.

Randy Chevrier, a product of Canadaís McGill University, is in his first season with the Jets. The native of Montreal entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft choice (2001) of the Jacksonville Jaguars and also spent time with the Dallas Cowboys (2001) and Cincinnati Bengals (2001), in addition to the CFLís Edmonton Eskimos (2002) and NFL Europeís Barcelona Dragons. Chevrier, in addition to playing guard, is an accomplished long snapper. Chervier saw action in all three of the Clubs preseason contests.

Sean Young, (6-6, 317) is one of only two rookie free agent linemen the Jets tabbed following the 2004 draft. He was a four-year letterman for the Tennessee Volunteers and a two-yard starter. Young was a first-team USA Today All-America selection as a senior at Northwest High School in Georgia. Young played in preseason contest at New Orleans and vs. the New York Giants.

Art Thomas, served as a cornerback his first three-years at UVA before shifting to wide receiver as a senior. During his time with the Cavaliers, Thomas played in 49 career games and is the only player in school history to score a touchdown on a reception, interception and fumble return. He recorded 84 tackles with a stop behind the line of scrimmage, three fumble recoveries, returning one run 92 yards for a touchdown, a 42-yard interception return for a score, 11 passes defensed, 14 receptions for 203 yards and a touchdown and 397 yards on 23 kickoff returns. Thomas played in all three preseason contests recording three tackles.

Jarrell Weaver, was a collegiate linebacker for the Miami Hurricanes, serving as a top special teams player and back-up strong side linebacker during his undergraduate career. Weaver earned the distinction as the fastest Miami player in the 40-yard dash in 2003, posting a blazing 4.26 effort. He was the University of Miamiís special teamsí player of the year in 2003 and registered 65 career tackles on defense, five-and-a-half tackles for losses and a sack. Weaver played in all three preseason games for the Jets and recorded seven tackles along with one special teams tackle.

Kory Klein, a three-year starter at defensive tackle for one of the most successful college programs over the past four seasons (Oklahoma). Klein, being tried at the nose with the Jets, played in 52 career games for the Sooners, with 106 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss of -57 yards, nine sacks for -32 yards and an interception. Klein saw action in all three Jet preseason games recording two tackles.

Currently the Jetsí roster stands at 75; NFL roster mandatory cut-down to 65 players on active list is 4:00 P.M. (EDT) on August 31.