The New York Jets have released fullback John Conner, reaching an injury settlement with their fifth round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. John Conner earned the nickname "The Terminator" for his big hits, but in the end his production and ability to contribute in other ways didn't add up to being worthy of a roster spot. It's not a huge surprise to see him gone, as rumors had swirled that he would have been cut in the preseason if Josh Baker didn't suffer a season-ending injury. The Jets promoted Marcus Dowtin to the active roster from the practice squad in his place.
The New York Jets reached an injury settlement with fullback John Conner, who had been dealing with a hamstring injury. The move ends his tenure with the Jets, which started back in 2010 as a rookie – the Jets used a fifth round pick on him, a surprising move as true fullbacks typically aren't drafted. John Conner became an instant star through the "Hard Knocks" series on HBO with his crushing hits and his awesome nickname. Unfortunately, that's about all the Jets really gout out of him, as he was underused as a blocker and didn't offer much in other areas.
In John Conner's place, the Jets have promoted Marcus Dowtin from the practice squad. Marcus Dowtin was an undrafted free agent out of North Alabama. Marcus Dowtin is a linebacker, but his speed gave him the ability to play multiple positions for the Jets in practice, including safety, running back and wide receiver. That speed makes him a nice asset on defense and special teams.
Back in May we picked out Marcus Dowtin as an undrafted free agent to watch, and now he has a chance to prove us right on the big stage.
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