Tuesday, October 1, 2013
New York Jets release WR Ben Obomanu
By Rich Cimini
The New York Jets' receiving corps is beginning to look like 2012, with injuries, additions and subtractions.
On Tuesday, the Jets released veteran Ben Obomanu, who played 40 offensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans. Obomanu was thrust into a bigger role when Stephen Hill suffered a concussion on the second play of the game. Obomanu was targeted only once in the game, an 8-yard reception. Of greater note, he committed two of the team's 10 penalties (a third penalty was declined), earning a trip to the dog house and, ultimately, a pink slip.
The Jets can use the open roster spot to sign free-agent receiver David Nelson.
Neither Hill nor Santonio Holmes (hamstring) is expected to play next Monday night against the Falcons. In Holmes' case, he could miss a few weeks. On Tuesday, the Jets worked out free-agent WR Josh Cribbs, although he's considered a return specialist. Clyde Gates has been mediocre as a kickoff returner, and now his role will increase at receiver. That could explain the interest in Cribbs, who first visited the Jets in the offseason. At the time, he was battling back from knee surgery.