Popular CB Ray Mickens returns to Hempstead for his 12th season. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
The Jets announced they have signed CB Ray Mickens who was cut last season to make room for the signing of Ty Law. The team also announced four other roster moves, including the waiving of QB Kilff Kingsbury
Mickens, who played his first ten seasons in the NFL for the Jets mainly as a nickelback was waived last season to make room for the signing of Ty Law. During his first tour of duty with Gang Green he appeared in 126 regular season games where he made 36 starts, and accumulated 365 tackles, 79 passes defensed, 11 interceptions for 30 yards, six sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. After he was cut by the Jets, Mickens went on to sign with Cleveland in 2005 where he recorded 30 tackles and 13 defended passes. He will likely go back into the same role he had before he was cut and adds nice veteran depth to the Jets re-vamped secondary.
In addition to signing Mickens, the team announced that WR Reggie Newhouse and CB Rayshun Reed were signed and QB Kliff Kingsbury and RB James Taylor were waived.
Newhouse, 6-1, 191 pounds, played two seasons in NFL Europe as a member of the Cologne Centurions. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2003 with the Arizona Cardinals. Newhouse, a native of Dallas, TX, left Baylor as the school’s all-time leading receiver with 183 receptions. His father, Robert, was a member of the Dallas Cowboys from 1972-83 and played a role on three Super Bowl winning teams. His father currently serves in the Cowboys’ Human Resources department.
Reed, 5-11, 185-pound cornerback, was a three-year starter at Troy State. He finished as the school’s all-time leader in defensive touchdowns with three. Reed entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2004 with the San Francisco 49ers. As a rookie, he appeared in seven games and posted six tackles. He was selected by the Hamburg Sea Devils in the second round of the 2006 Free Agent Draft.
Kingsbury was signed to the Jets active roster on September 28, 2005. In week 11 he made his NFL debut relieving injured quarterbacks Brooks Bollinger and Vinny Testaverde late in the fourth quarter. Kingsbury completed one of two passes for 17 yards. He was allocated to NFL Europe this past winter and played for the Cologne Centurions where he passed for 633 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Taylor, a 6-0, 205-pound product of Kentucky’s Georgetown College, originally broke into the NFL in 2004 as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Green Bay Packers. He began his collegiate playing career at Ohio University in Athens, OH before transferring to NAIA Georgetown, where he played at safety, cornerback, wide receiver and wingback.
The team is conducting the first full squad OTA’s (Organized Team Activities) this week where the focus is on passing. It’s the first team passing activity that QB Chad Pennington is participating in since his second shoulder surgery last year. The practices are closed to the public and media but in a released statement to the press, Head Coach Eric Mangini liked what he saw in the first session.
“I was pleased with the turnout for our organized team activity and excited about the group’s energy level and focus both in the classroom and on the field,” said Mangini. “Our entire team participated. Today’s session will serve as a stepping stone for the mandatory camp we will host in mid-June."
The group practices continue throughout the week.