Jets sign Wesley Johnson, cut Weatherford

The New York Jets made a pair of roster moves on Wednesday

FLORHAM PARK: When Steve Weatherford signed with the Jets last Saturday following a fluke injury to Ryan Quigley's shin, the veteran punter was viewed, in a way, as a rent-a-player. 

Weatherford would punt Sunday against the Patriots, then be cut once Quigley healed. 

On Monday, Quigley was healthy enough to kick again. On Tuesday, Weatherford was released. 

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Having essentially moved on with his life after being cut from the Giants towards the end of this year's training camp, Weatherford looked as such in Sunday's loss to New England. The Punter's first kick traveled just 31 yards, and his second was a line-drive that was returned 17 yards for a net kick of 30. He rebounded on his third kick, booting one 50 yards. 

"I mean, he did okay," Jets coach Todd Bowles said via teleconference on Monday. "Obviously, he is going to be a little rusty because he probably hadn't punted in awhile. I know working out is one thing, but going out there every day and just practicing your craft is another. 

"But under the circumstances, I thought he did okay."

Due to the Jets present circumstances, Weatherford's roster spot was quickly filled. A few hours after announcing Weatherford's release, the Jets promoted offensive lineman Wesley Johnson to the 53-man roster from the team's practice squad. Johnson was a fifth-round pick by the Steelers a season ago, and was added to the Jets practice squad after Pittsburgh waived him on Oct. 13, 2014. He has never appeared in an NFL game. 

Johnson's signing is likely an attempt to add depth with Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold dealing with a neck injury. In the fourth quarter against the Patriots, Mangold worked off his initial block in an attempt to chip blitzing linebacker Jamie Collins. Mangold's neck collided with Collins' stomach, and the big lineman fell to the ground instantly. 

"Where, (there's) not as much (concern) as there would've been if the x-rays showed something else," Bowles said. "I don't know the timetable on him getting better. I just know it's not as bad as we thought it was."

In Mangold's absence on Sunday, Dakota Dozier, who was drafted by the Jets in the fourth round a year ago, filled in. 

At practice on Wednesday, Mangold was in attendance, but didn't stretch with the team and wore a baseball hat; a normal sign that the player wouldn't practice. 

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Jets wideout Eric Decker (unknown) did not appear to be participating in practice and did not have his helmet. He was over near the trainer's area. Joining Decker was running back Chris Ivory (hamstring). Safety Calvin Pryor (sprained ankle) did not appear to be in attendance. 

Cornerback Buster Skrine (finger), cornerback Dee Milliner (wrist) and running back Stevan Ridley (knee) all appeared to be working. 

Bowles will address the media shortly after practice. 


Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (

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