FLORHAM PARK: According to a source, the New York Jets have released backup punter Jake Schum. The person with close knowledge to the situation chose to speak anonymously as the Jets had yet to make the transaction official.
New York officially announced the move 1:09 p.m. via Twitter.
Schum, 26, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns in 2013. He was waived two months later, sat out the entire 2013 season and eventually signed a reserve/future contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Jan. 6, 2014. Prior to the start of training camp, Tampa Bay waived Schum.
Schum made his way to the Jets a month later and was thrown into a punting competition with Ryan Quigley. After Quigley beat him out, Schum was released. After the 2014 season, he signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets and remained with the team throughout the offseason and first three weeks of camp.
While Schum has never appeared in a regular season game, he has punted 10 times in the preseason for an average of 44.5 yards per punt. In New York’s preseason opener last week against the Detroit Lions, Schum averaged 51.3 yards per kick on four punts.
With Schum released, a spot opened on New York's 90-man training camp roster. The team chose to fill that spot with 6-5, 258-pound tight end Arthur Lynch.
Lynch, 25, was waived by the Miami Dolphins earlier this week. He was selected by Miami in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Georgia. In his four-year collegiate career, Lynch caught 56 passes for 907 yards and eight touchdowns.