Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Spadola signs with Miami practice squad
By Rich Cimini
Rookie wide receiver Ryan Spadola, the feel-good story waived last Saturday by the New York Jets, tweeted Tuesday night that he has signed with the Miami Dolphins' practice squad.
The Jets made a concerted effort to re-sign Spadola on Monday, but he drew interest from more than one AFC East team. There was some thought that'd he be claimed on waivers, but he cleared at 4 p.m. Monday. The Jets apparently wanted him for the practice squad as well. If they had offered him his old spot on the 53-man roster, he presumably would've returned.
General manager John Idzik did some roster tinkering two days before Monday night's win in Atlanta, cutting Spadola -- on the active roster since the start of the season -- in favor of wide receiver Michael Campbell, who was promoted from the practice squad. Campbell ended up playing 11 snaps on special teams, none on offense.
Spadola dressed in three of the four games he was on the roster, appearing in a total of 27 offensive snaps. He had no receptions. He also had 21 snaps on special teams. Spadola, of Howell, N.J., and Lehigh, made the team as an undrafted free agent. He was one of the stars of the preseason.
The situation brings up memories of running back Danny Woodhead. In 2010, he was cut by the Jets in Week 2. Their hope was to re-sign him, but he landed with the New England Patriots, where he became a valuable contributor. He now plays for the San Diego Chargers.