On Tuesday the New York Jets brought in several punters. Robert Malone, formerly with the San Diego Chargers and Shawn Powell, a rookie free agent who had been with the Buffalo Bills, to compete with incumbent T.J. Conley. The Jets wound up signing Robert Malone and subsequently releasing T.J. Conley, now less than a week before the opener.
T.J. Conley seemed assured of the starting punter job after the New York Jets brought in Spencer Lanning for the final preseason game and his average dropped with each subsequent punt. Robert Malone had been with Jacksonville and Tampa Bay in 2010, as well as Detroit last season, and San Diego in this past preseason. His statistics show that he has just over a 42 yard average in his short NFL career.
In another roster move made on Tuesday the Jets re-signed defensive end Marcus Dixon, and released the recently claimed off waivers defensive tackle Isaako Aaitui. Many Jets fans, myself included, are glad to hear that Dixon wasn't gone for long. For a team that plans to use more four-man defensive fronts, only having two true ends on the roster, before adding back Dixon, was considered a bit of a head scratcher. The report of these transactions was from ESPN New York.
The New York Jets also auditioned several other players, included among them wide receiver Derek Hagan, who played for the Buffalo Bills. Of course that happens to be the New York Jets opponent on Sunday, so maybe it was a "shake down" for information, or maybe the Jets really kicked the tires to add him to the roster before Sunday's opener.
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