Roster News: Jets Sign Hilliard, Waive Turner
Bent , TheJetsBlog.com
Dennis Waszak reports via twitter:
#Jets signed FB Lex Hilliard & waived WR Patrick Turner. Also signed WR Jordan White to PS & cut DB Donnie Fletcher from PS
Analysis: Hilliard played extensively with Tony Sparano in Miami, mostly as either a fullback or as a halfback in two back sets. He’s more of a versatile hybrid fullback rather than your John Conner-style pure blocking back, only tipping the scales at 228 pounds. However, he only handled the ball 21 times last year (five catches, 16 carries). Some may think this could spell the end of the line for John Conner, who was injured again in last week’s game. However, maybe Sparano is planning to run more three back sets and put two backs in the backfield on passing downs rather than relying on their tight ends to pass block. Hilliard was most recently with the Patriots, but only saw action on nine snaps.
Turner’s release is surprising for two reasons, the first being that it came before Clyde Gates and the second being that the Jets only currently have three healthy receivers (Gates, Chaz Schilens and Jeremy Kerley) – although Stephen Hill is expected back soon. However, he did struggle on Sunday and he’s a guy who has been on and off the roster several times in his Jets career, so this is nothing new.