Jets claim TE Zach Sudfeld

Updated: October 4, 2013, 6:32 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- In a move that comes just two-and-a-half weeks before a Jets-Patriots rematch, New York claimed former New England tight end Zach Sudfeld off waivers on Friday.

The Patriots released Sudfield, 24, on Thursday to add wide receiver Austin Collie.

Sudfeld, at 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Patriots last May. He was nicknamed "Baby Gronk" after New England tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The Jets released linebacker Scott Solomon to make room for Sudfeld.

The Jets already have tight ends Kellen Winslow and Jeff Cumberland on the roster. Against the Titans, Winslow had about 20 more reps than Cumberland with 46.

The Jets also added 6-5, 215-pound wide receiver David Nelson this week.

"I like that height, especially in the red zone," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "(It) presents some problems."

The team has had injuries to several wide receivers recently, including Santonio Holmes (hamstring/foot) and Stephen Hill (concussion). Holmes hasn't practiced all week, while Hill was in a red no-contact jersey on Friday. The Jets play Monday night in Atlanta.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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