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Jets waive Smith, Pagel placed on IR
November 9th, 2004
The Jets made some roster moves today by announcing that G/T Brent Smith was waived and S Derek Pagel (calf) was placed on injured reserve, thus ending his season. The team then filled of one of the roster spots by announcing the signing of S Oliver Celestin off the Vikings practice squad. The Jets made some roster moves today by announcing that G/T Brent Smith was waived and S Derek Pagel (calf) was placed on injured reserve, thus ending his season. The team then filled of one of the roster spots by announcing the signing of S Oliver Celestin off the Vikings practice squad.

Smith, who re-injured his surgically repaired knee last week, was let go for the second time this season. He was first waived before game one so the team would not be responsible for his entire year’s salary. He was re-signed after the Bengals game and made one start against San Francisco. The move leaves C/G Jonathan Goodwin as the top reserve on the depth chart. Second year G Dave Yovanovits is also on the active roster but has little game experience.

Pagel, in his second season with the Jets, played in five games this season, recording one tackle and five special teams tackles before injuring his left calf in game eight against Buffalo. Pagel was originally a fifth round pick of the Jets (140th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played in 14 games his rookie season, tallying 19 special teams tackles and four tackles as an extra DB.

Celestin was signed off the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad to the Jets’ active roster. Celestin, from Texas Southern University, first signed with the Cleveland Browns as a rookie free agent in 2003 and saw time in preseason games before being released on 8/26/03. The 6-0, 207 pound safety was part of the 2004 World Bowl champion Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe, before signing with the Vikings on 6/17/04.

With the moves made today, the Jets still have one open roster spot. Look for them to possibly sign a guard off another team’s practice squad or possible elevate C Drew Caylor from their own practice squad. Caylor, who can also play guard was on the Jets active roster for two weeks earlier this season.