Saturday, September 25, 2010
Jets add Patrick Turner to face Dolphins
By Tim Graham
Probably thanks to Braylon Edwards' recent arrest for drunken driving, wide receiver Patrick Turner will get a shot to play against the Miami Dolphins, the team that cut him three weeks ago.
The New York Jets on Saturday promoted Turner from their practice squad to the active roster in time for Sunday night's game against the Dolphins in Sun Life Stadium.
Jets coach Rex Ryan likes to make captains of his players that are going against their former teams. Expect to see Turner at midfield for the opening coin flip.
The Jets previously announced Edwards will dress but won't start. They haven't revealed how long Edwards will watch from the sidelines. The addition of Turner to the active roster could indicate Edwards won't play much.
I had a chance to catch up with Turner on Monday at the Jets' training facility in Florham Park, N.J.
"I'm just working, having fun and trying to get better," Turner said, not knowing Edwards would be under arrest about 12 hours later. "I want to get on the field.
"I love being a Jet. I want to go out there and play hard, make plays."
Just last year, the Dolphins drafted Turner in the third round with visions of an attractive target for Chad Henne on third downs and in the red zone. Turner was the top receiver at USC for Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.
But Turner barely could get on the field for Miami. He was deactivated for all but two games. He caught zero passes.
"I guess you could say they gave me a shot because they drafted me," Turner said of his brief stay with the Dolphins. "They made a decision.
"It was frustrating that whole year. Coach [Tony] Sparano did allude to it one time that he didn't give me a shot to get on the field. I didn't get too much playing time. On game day, I couldn't show what I could do, but I've moved on. There's nothing I can do about that."
Turner couldn't beat out Ted Ginn, Greg Camarillo, Davone Bess or fellow rookie Brian Hartline last year. Over the offseason, the Dolphins dealt Ginn but picked up superstar Brandon Marshall.
After evaluating their roster through the preseason, the Dolphins decided to keep undrafted rookies Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace, which had to be influenced at least partly by money.
The Dolphins cut Turner and 2009 second-round pick Pat White on the same day.
"It came down to numbers," Turner said.
On Sunday night, Turner finally could record his first NFL numbers.
"I'm excited about this and the opportunity it presents," he said Monday, with no clue how quickly the opportunity would unfold.