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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Jets sign Mohamed Massaquoi

By Rich Cimini
ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Concerned about injuries at wide receiver, the New York Jets signed veteran free agent Mohamed Massaquoi on Thursday after a morning workout at the team's facility.

Massaquoi, a second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2009, was released Monday by the receiver-needy Jacksonville Jaguars. Massaquoi caught two passes for 15 yards against the Jets on Saturday night.

The Jets' most experienced receivers are banged up. Santonio Holmes (foot) is on the physically unable to perform list, and Braylon Edwards hasn't practiced this week because of a leg injury. Edwards is unlikely to play Saturday night against the New York Giants.

Coach Rex Ryan said Massaquoi reminds him of former Jets wideout Jerricho Cotchery.

"He's had his moments in this league," Ryan said of Massaquoi. "He's a good player. ... When he came out [in the draft], he had a tremendous burst, a great football player. Hopefully, we'll see that from him here."

In four seasons with the Browns, the 6-foot-2 Massaquoi never caught more than 36 passes in a season. He left as a free agent, signing a two-year contract with the Jaguars. The Jets had expressed a mild interest in him at the start of free agency.

Jacksonville figured to be the ideal spot, considering the Jaguars' issues at receiver. But they drafted Ace Sanders and "offensive weapon" Denard Robinson, perhaps making Massaquoi expendable.

Massaquoi has started 43 games in his career and has 118 receptions for 1,745 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Jets were down to only four healthy, experienced receivers -- Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, Clyde Gates and Ben Obomanu.

Edwards, who caught three passes for 49 yards last week, is on the roster bubble.