Jets make change at punter

September, 16, 2013
9/16/13
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets have switched punters, just two weeks into the 2013 season.

The team released Robert Malone on Monday, and signed Ryan Quigley. Malone, the incumbent, won the job over Quigley during training camp. But in the first two games of the year, Malone averaged just 37.1 net yards on 16 punts, ranking him 28th in the NFL.

The four-year vet averaged 38.5 net yards on 84 punts last season, his first with the Jets, ranking him 24th.

"With Robert, it’s just the consistency. That’s the thing that bothered us," head coach Rex Ryan said. "With Quigley, it was a tight competition before, but we did think he gives us a little more consistency."

Quigley, 23, was an undrafted free agent out of Boston College in 2012. He had a brief stint with the Chicago Bears last year, but will be making his NFL regular-season debut Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

The Jets made a couple other roster moves Monday as well, signing linebacker Scott Solomon, signing linebacker Danny Lansanah to the practice squad, and releasing wide receiver Rahsaan Vaughn from the practice squad.

Solomon, who played in 13 games for the Tennessee Titans as a rookie last year, was just cut by the Jets last week. The Jets had an open spot on the active roster after placing quarterback Mark Sanchez on short-term injured reserve.

Lansanah was also cut by the Jets last week. Vaughn had joined the team late in training camp.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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