The New York Jets have released starting tight end Kellen Davis waiving him with an injury designation, confirmed various reports. Davis suffered with an elbow injury earlier in the season and he could be acquired by any team that claims him off waivers.
The move means cornerback Dexter McDougle gets the active roster spot and gets promoted from the practice squad.
Jets waive/injured TE Kellen Davis (elbow). They hardly use tight ends anyway. Promoted CB Dexter McDougle from practice squad to replace.
— Darryl Slater (@DarrylSlater) November 12, 2016
Davis, who was on a one-year veteran minimum deal, played seven games for the Jets in the 2016 season and was mainly a blocking tight end, one of the weak spots for New York the last few seasons. The Jets’ offensive system uses TEs mainly as blockers with the focus of the passing on wide receivers.
Davis got injured in the game versus the Cleveland Browns last October 30.
The 31-year-old Davis played his best years with the Chicago Bears from 2008 to 2012 before jumping to various teams as practice/offseason squad member. He played with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, Detroit Lions in 2014 before joining the Giants last year.
McDougle, who earned the regular season roster spot with the release of Davis is expected to help the cornerback production with the injury to CB Marcus Millions, who will miss the next few weeks because of a sprained ankle.
McDougle gets his chance to prove he’s worthy of a roster spot after missing his rookie season because of a knee injury. He played 14 games for the Jets last year but was waived after training camp.
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