NFL Week 2 News: New York Jets Sign Tight End Dedrick Epps

Adam WaksmanCorrespondent IIISeptember 14, 2012

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - NOVEMBER 24: Dedrick Epps #18 of the Miami Hurricanes carries the ball against the Boston College Eagles on November 24, 2007 at Alumni Stadium in in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Boston College defeated Miami 28-14. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Rich Cimini of ESPN New York has reported that the New York Jets have signed tight end Dedrick Epps to their active roster from the Chicago Bears' practice squad.

Signing Epps to the active roster was a necessary action in order to steal the young tight end from the Bears. A former seventh-round pick in 2010, Epps was with the Jets earlier this year. He played with the Jets in the preseason with some success. However, the Jets were deep at tight end and could not find a roster spot for him.

With starting tight end Dustin Keller being questionable for this weekend with a hamstring injury, it is likely that Epps was brought in to add depth behind Keller. Given that he is on the active roster and has experience playing within the Jets offense, it is likely that Epps will see action this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Epps played in three regular season games for the Miami Dolphins in 2010 but did not catch any passes. Epps was used as a target by quarterback Mark Sanchez in the preseason against the Carolina Panthers

If Keller is unable to play on Sunday, expect a pass or two to go Epps' way.


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