Ryan's hope is fulfilled with New York Jets

August, 31, 2013
Rookie WR Ryan Spadola, the feel-good story from Howell, N.J., tweeted late Friday that he's "officially a NYJ." Assuming Spadola's reporting is accurate (anything can happen on cut-down weekend), it culminates a storybook summer for him.

Spadola was undrafted out of Lehigh and went on to lead the Jets in preseason receiving, catching 13 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown. Along the way, he has drawn comparisons to former Jets icon Wayne Chrebet, who sees a lot of himself in Spadola.

That Spadola made the team doesn't come as a surprise, considering the recent praise from coaches, but it'll be interesting to see how it impacts the depth chart. Presumably, he'll be the fifth receiver, behind Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley and Clyde Gates. If they decide to carry six, it figures to be Ben Obomanu or Mohamed Massaquoi.

Other cuts are starting to trickle in, as both C Erik Cook and DE Junior Aumavae tweeted they've been waived. On Friday, the Jets released PK Dan Carpenter and DT Antonio Garay, according to sources.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter



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