Jets sign seven to practice squad

The New York Jets announced today they signed seven players to their practice squad: linebacker Dennis Haley, offensive linemen Michael King and Mike Kracalik, fullback Luke Lawton, defensive lineman Radell Lockhart, and wide receivers Harry Williams, Jr. and Jovan Witherspoon.

Haley, a 6-1, 247-pound linebacker from Virginia, signed with the Jets on April 29, 2005, and saw action in all four Jets' preseason games. He played in 32 collegiate games for the Cavaliers and finished with 103 tackles, five passes defensed, four sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

King, a 6-3, 298-pound guard from Northwestern (LA) State, signed with the Jets on April 29, 2005 after he played in 10 games as an offensive lineman as a collegian, having battled through a stretched brachial plexus injury as a junior. He saw action in three of the four Jets' preseason games.

Kracalik, a 6-8, 337-pound San Diego State product, signed with the Jets on May 1, 2005, and played in all four of the Jets' preseason games. He played in 36 games and made 30 starts at the collegiate rank. In four seasons as an Aztec he played guard as well as both left and right tackle.

Lawton, a 5-11, 237-pound fullback, was waived by the New York Giants on their final cut downs on September 3, 2005. The native of Lafayette, LA attended McNesse State, where he was a three-year starter and finished his collegiate career with 246 carries for 1,114 yards (4.5 avg.) and 22 touchdowns he also added 569 yards and nine touchdowns on 70 receptions. He broke into the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Buffalo Bills in 2004. After being waived on September 6, 2004 he signed to the Giants' practice squad on Oct. 14, 2004 and spent a month on their practice squad before being waived and spending the remainder of the season on the Bills' practice squad. He then signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons on January 5, 2005, and was waived on January 14, 2005 before being awarded to the Giants via the waiver claim system on February 7, 2005.

Lockhart, a 6-3, 277-pound defensive end from North Carolina's Catawba College, signed with the Jets to a 2005 contract on January 11, 2005. He saw action in all four of the Jets' preseason games and recorded one sack.

Williams, a 6-3, 185-pound product of Tuskegee, was a seventh round selection by the Jets after he finished his colligate career with 83 receptions for 1,584 yards (19.1 avg.) and eight touchdowns. He saw action in the Jets' first preseason game and caught two passes for 13 yards.

Witherspoon, 6-3, 210- pound wide receiver from Central Michigan, signed with the Jets on April 29, 2005. He saw action in all four preseason games and finished with one reception for 11 yards. He originally began his collegiate career at Notre Dame after a standout prep career at Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, IN before transferring to William Rainey Harper College in Palantine, IL then transferring to CMU.


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