Jets release four, and sign five

The New York Jets have announced the signing of five players who participated in rookie mini-camp as tryout players and announced the release of four players.

The five players signed were: James Ihedigbo (DB\6-1, 202\UMass); Rayshaun Kizer (CB\5-9, 185\Walsh); Jared Newberry (LB\6-2, 235\Stanford); Jesse Pellot-Rosa (WR\6-4, 195\Virginia Commonwealth); Renard Stevens (WR\6-4, 215\West Liberty State).

The four players who were released were: DB Caleb Hendrix, DE Matt King, WR Dustin Osborn and LB Mark Zalewski.

James Ihedigbo (DB\6-1, 202\Massachusetts), was a three-year starter at UMass, who served as his team's captain in 2006. He finished his career with 251 tackles (165 solo), 12.5 sacks, eight INT and 19 passes defensed. He was named a Walter Camp All-American, College Sporting News All-Star and Atlantic-10 First-Team DB his senior season.

Rayshaun Kizer (CB\5-9, 185\Walsh), was a three-year starter at NAIA Walsh University (OH). He finished his career with 12 interceptions, third-best in school history. The All-MSFA (Mid-States Football Association) Mideast Selection picked off five passes his senior season, including two that he returned for touchdowns.

Jared Newberry (LB\6-2, 235\Stanford) was selected in the sixth round (183rd overall) by the Redskins in the 2005, but was cut during camp and spent time on the Patriots' and Titans' practice squads in 2005, and 49ers' practice squad in 2006. Played for the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europa in 2006 and started 10 games in helping the Galaxy to a World Bowl victory. He is a former Stanford University walk-on who became a co-captain his senior season, finishing with 112 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions.

Jesse Pellot-Rosa (WR\6-4, 195\Virginia Commonwealth), is a former high-school wide receiver, who was recruited for football at Tennessee, Alabama and Virginia before choosing basketball at Virginia Commonwealth. He averaged 13.3 PPG and shot over 42% from three-point range in leading VCU to a Colonial Athletic Association title and a first round upset of Duke in the 2007 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament (14 points).

Renard Stevens (WR\6-4, 215\West Liberty State), began his career at Marshall before transferring to Division II West Liberty State in West Virginia. Stevens finished his collegiate career with 140 catches for 1,751 yards (12.5 avg) and 19 TD. He also recorded two TD receptions in the Sixth Annual East Coast Bowl for Division II All-Stars.


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