Buzz: Jets sign WR Dwight Jones to practice squad?

A couple of the beat writers have tweeted from practice that the Jets appear to have signed Dwight Jones to the practice squad. He’s on the field with the team today.

The Jets also worked out several players this week, presumably with a view to consideration for a futures deal after the season. These included DE Jake McDonough as well as WR Thomas Mayo, OL Nick McDonald, OL Ryan Miller, CB DeMarcus Van Dyke and CB Brandon Burton per Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

The speedster Jones is an interesting story who made a name for himself with the Texans last year, before mysteriously quitting the team. (EDIT: Apparently he left the team to be with his infant son, who was suffering from a lung disease and sadly passed away in June).

As for the other players the Jets worked out, Mayo and McDonough were both outside shots to make the roster in camp this summer, but each of them got injured. Evidently the Jets had been keeping tabs on both.

As for the rest, Burton played five games with the Bills earlier this year, recording six tackles and a pass defensed. Van Dyke played a significant role with the Raiders in his rookie year (2011), but has played only sparingly with the Steelers over the past two seasons. Miller spent eight games on the Browns active roster last year but did not play. Finally, McDonald started three games with the Patriots over the past few years, but hasn’t been with a team this season.

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Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

Interesting note off of wikipedia: Dwight Jones attended Hargrave military academy… Was probably high school teammates with Mo and Coples.

marcus81
marcus81

almost none of these guys seem to become productive, not saying to stop trying, but I was looking forward to Spadola and Rogers doing something and nothing happened with those guys. we either have to scout and draft and develop players or sign proven FA's.Wayne Chrebet was our most successful non drafted player, and you might Woodhead too if we had kept him.

juunit
juunit

Should've snapped up Da'Rick Rogers after the Bills cut him... after we passed on signing him as a UDFA... yeah... nevermind.

davem
davem

A WR that quit on his team? Don't we already have one of those?

#BrendanBait

a57se
a57se

The speedster?

Jones is more Anquan Boldin then anything from what I can see.

They timed him at 4.61 in High School at 6'4" and 210 lbs.

I guess the Jets liked what they saw.....

levi
levi

What an odd story about Jones. Most of these guys dream of making it in the NFL and work hard to do so. He just stops going to practice and quits....

djf1
djf1

@juunit we need more players with apostrophes in their name.

Bent
Bent

@a57se They referred to him as a streaking comet on the Texans blog I linked to, but maybe that was sarcastic.

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@levi Didn't they say something about his son being ill and passed away? I would quit too, so I can do what ever I can for my son, people make it seem like he just didn't give a damn.

a57se
a57se

@levi 

Supposedly he quit in the middle of the Sr. Bowl as well......

Jake Steinberg
Jake Steinberg

@levi  Jones didn't quit. He left OTAs to be with his infant son who had lung disease. His son sadly passed away in June.

Ron Ferraro
Ron Ferraro

@leviI believe his son was diagnosed with some sort of lung disease, and eventually passed away over the summer.

Bent
Bent

@levi ...even weirder than that he suddenly turns up on another team's radar.

juunit
juunit

Or Chris Rainey after the Steelers let him go. Funnily enough, they both ended up in Indy.

davem
davem

And..... Hmmmmmm.... Santonio Holmes. There! I said it.:)

Bent
Bent

@johnnyl65 Yep, 4.51 ... and he was 230 at the time.


Braylon Edwards ran 4.45 at 210 (and that was Pro Day, not combine, where times are traditionally slightly faster).


If he's nearly as fast as Edwards even though he's slightly bigger, then I'll take that and stand by my speedster comment, even if the source was being sarcastic!

a57se
a57se

@Bent@levi 

He probably watched a few Jets games on TV......said to himself; "Self, you're better then Nelson and Salas and Hill and Holmes and Kerley combined! WTF are you doing sitting here eating nachos? Get your darn agent on the phone and get a workout!"

levi
levi

@Bent Houston must have seen something in him to keep him on the team for so long after he quit though huh? I say start him for a year and see what we got.

McGeorge
McGeorge

@Bent @juunit How about a deal with a low base, but incentive clauses based on production.  The downside is the QB position, since it's hard for a receiver to make plays when the ball isn't thrown well.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se I am fine thanks.  How, a57se, are you?

marcus81
marcus81

@juunit@davemI would not bring Tone back, his best days have passed and he has durability issues now

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se At least someone around here is capable of getting a title.

Bent
Bent moderator

@davem He didn't quit, though.  They kicked him out of the huddle.  Did he stop trying?  No, he pissed them off because he was arguing with them, presumably about something which he wanted to do differently.


Most of the defense "quit" (like, actively stopped giving 100% effort) in several of the big losses last season.  Shall we dump all of them too?

davem
davem

I agree that he media makes Tone out to be worse than he is but let's admit it... He did quit on this team one time.

It may have been a few years ago, and it was the only time, BUT... he quit.

I tend to view things thru my own experiences and life but at my work I will tolerate many, many things, and like Rex, I'm loyal to a fault, and let WAY too much s*** slide, but the one thing I will never tolerate ever is quitting. I'll let a bad attitude slide, I'll let being late slide, etc... But if u ever quit, even once, regardless of circumstance, then I'm done with u. For good.

Yes, Tone is a better teammate than he is generally given credit for, but he did quit FWIW

Bent
Bent moderator

@juunit ...and I guarantee there'll be more negative backlash from these comments, fueled of course by the media that misrespresents everything he says and does because they dislike the lack of respect he shows them (although arguably the amount of respect he shows them is the exact amount of respect they deserve).

juunit
juunit

@davem 

Well, Holmes apparently just said that he'd be willing to take a pay cut to come back next year, and that there would "probably not" be a limit to how much he'd be willing to reduce his salary because "with the production comes big pay, so do your job."

levi
levi

@davem and the guy that chose Miami over the Jets.

juunit
juunit

@a57se@SackDance99@Bent@johnnyl65

Marshall started 1 game as a rookie. And you're combining 2 seasons for Hill, where he had a total of 19 starts to Marshall's 1 start and a total of 23 games compared to 15. 


Even in the fantasy world where Hill's first 2 seasons are somehow equivalent to Marshall's 1 season, Marshall was more impressive since he got a lot less snaps.

In year 2, Marshall had over 100 catches, over 1300 yards and 7 TDs. Hill has 24, 342 and 1 in his 2nd year.


There is literally no comparison between the two by any stretch of the imagination.

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99@Bent@johnnyl65 

Let's see;

  At 22 years old, Brandon Marshall had 20 receptions for 309 yards and 2 TD's with 1 fumble.


At 22 years old, Stephen Hill has 45 receptions for 594 yards with 4 TD's and 1 fumble.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Bent@johnnyl65He has very similar combine numbers to Brandon Marshall, who is an inch taller at 6-4, but was the same weight as Jones (229 to 230).  Their speed numbers are nearly identical (40 time, Marshall, 4.52, Jones 4.51; 20 yard dash, Marshall 2.71; Jones 2.60; 10 yard dash, Marshall 1.60; Jones 1.58).  Marshall had a better vertical (37" to 33" and broad jump, 10' to 9' 01", which could be because Jones packs more weight on his frame).  So, he has a good size/speed profile.  But, as we know, route running, hands, body positioning are what separate the Brandon Marshalls from the Stephen Hills.

a57se
a57se

@Bent@johnnyl65 

Hmmm, I've seen 4.55 for him at the combine.....the 4.61 I mentioned was from HS.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Id leave too. Hank will prolly call him a quitter tho, cuz u know, he signed with the jets.

Ron Ferraro
Ron Ferraro

@a57se@levi
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
Dwight Jones signed w Texans, left OTAs to be w his infant son who had lung disease. Son passed away in June. Hoping to soldier on with Jets

Bent
Bent

@levi In the comments, it says that they probably kept him for that long to stick it to him for leaving them in the lurch, which sounds plausible.