The New York Jets announced today that the Club has claimed rookie linebacker James Kinney off of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars and waived rookie kicker Xavier Beitia.
Kinney, who was waived by the Jaguars on Aug. 22, is a rookie free agent from Missouri. The 6-1, 244-pound native of Chicago owns the Missouri school record for most career tackles with 463 after playing in 47 collegiate games and starting 38 of the contests. Kinney signed with the Jaguars following the 2005 Draft.
Beitia, a 5-10, 198-pound kicker from Florida State, signed with the Jets an undrafted rookie free agent on April 28, 2005. He led the Seminoles in scoring the past four seasons (2001-04) and made 67-of-92 of his field goals (72.8 %) and connected on 173-of-177 extra points (97.7%) on the collegiate level. The native of Tampa, FL attended the acclaimed Jesuit High School before matriculating to Florida State.