Welcome back to newyorkjets.com following the Jets bye week. And for all those Green& White fans affected by the weekend snowstorm, welcome back from the Nightmare (Two Months) Before Christmas.
The snow has covered the grounds here at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, but as usual Blake Hoerr and his fields & grounds crew did their immaculate job of snow removal from the outside FieldTurf field. It appears as if today’s welcome-back practice for the players will be an outdoor affair, complete with loudspeakers to get the Jets in the mood for the rejuvenated Ralph Wilson Stadium crowd that will be cheering on the 5-2 Bills when the Jets come calling this coming Sunday.
To help get the Jets ready, there are five new/old players on their active and practice squad rosters, as we tweeted a short while ago.
On the active roster is TE Shawn Nelson (6’5″, 240) who was Buffalo’s fourth-round pick in 2009 and played ’09 and ’10 for the Bills. He caught a touchdown pass in his first NFL game, in Buffalo’s ’09 opener at New England, but none since, and has 20 career catches for 181 yards
Nelson was waived by the Bills on Sept. 3 and got a workout from the Patriots in early September before the Jets worked him out last week. He’ll wear No. 83 for his new team.
The Jets also replenished their practice squad with the signings of four players. G Matt Kroul and T Dennis Landolt return to the P-squad, and also coming aboard are LB Ricky Sapp and TE Jamarko Simmons. Also, LB Eddie Jones was released from the practice squad.
Sapp (6’4″, 252) was a fifth-round pick by Philadelphia out of Clemson in 2010 who spent all that season on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Simmons (6’3″, 235), the all-time Western Michigan receptions leader as a WR, signed with Green Bay as an undrafted free agent after the 2009 draft, was waived before the start of the Packers’ ’09 training camp, and was a tryout at the Saints’ 2010 minicamp. He helped Marty Schottenheimer’s Virginia Destroyers win the UFL championship game on Oct. 21.
We’ll have reports from head coach Rex Ryan’s news conference and from the Jets locker room later this afternoon.
Tags: Blake Hoerr, Buffalo Bills, Jamarko Simmons, Ricky Sapp, Shawn Nelson
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