Monday, September 1, 2008

Jets' Practice Squad Announced

Here's the list of this season's first practice squadders, courtesy of

WR Larry Brackins (6'4", 221/Pearl River CC/Dothan, AL)

Brackins was just recently signed after his Arena league season ended. He has size and speed, and the Jets obviously think enough about him to keep him around, so this is interesting.

RB Jehuu Caulcrick (6'0", 254/Michigan State/Findley Lake, NY)

No surprises here. Caulcrick is a huge fullback who is good in short yardage. He's working on his blocking and receiving, but he has NFL ability and desire.

OL Stanley Daniels (6'4", 320/Washington/San Diego, CA)

Spent time in both Rams and Jets camp last offseason. A workable body in camp who can possibly challenge for a backup role.

DB James Ihedigbo (6'1", 202/Massachusetts/Amherst, MA)

Ihedigbo is a high energy safety who will make his share of both great plays and boneheaded plays. Stands out when he plays, for good or for bad, so it's worthwhile to keep him around.

OL Matt McChesney (6'4", 307/Colorado/Santa Cruz, CA)

McChesney is a converted defensive lineman who the Jets have liked for years. He was first in Hofstra in 2005, playing one game at defensive line, recording one tackle and one QB pressure.

DE Ropati Pitoitua (6'8", 290/Washington State/Spanaway, WA)

Pitoitua is a hulking defensive lineman whom the Jets hope to develop into a possible rotational player.

WR Paul Raymond (5'10", 185/Brown, Miami, FL)

Raymond turned heads in camp with his speed, but he drew the ire of Jets fans by dropping a gamewinning pass in the endzone against Washington. The former Ivy Leaguer made up for it with his play in the next game. The Jets have nine receivers on their roster.

LB Brandon Renkart (6'2", 236/Rutgers, Piscataway, NJ)

Renkart is a smart, somewhat athletic two-year starter at Rutgers. He sounds like a player Eric Mangini would love: smart, versatile, and coachable.