New York Jets Cut David Clowney, Claiming Patrick Turner Off Waivers

Chris FaigCorrespondent ISeptember 5, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 03:  Patrick Turner #84 of the Miami Dolphins during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on September 3, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Jets organization were hopeful that David Clowney would emerge as a special teams ace, but never bloomed into the expected star, which led to his release.  

In two seasons with the Jets, Clowney recorded 15 receptions for 217 yards with one touchdown.

On the HBO series "Hard Knocks", it was evident that the Jets coaching staff were beginning to become uneasy with Clowney, feeling that he never developed as a receiver and questioning his desire on special teams.

The cutting of Clowney led the New York Jets to claim wide receiver Patrick Turner off of waivers along with defensive lineman Marcus Dixon and offensive tackle Patrick Brown.

Turner, out of USC, was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of the 2009 NFL draft and was Mark Sanchez's teammate in the 2008 college football season.  This is a good pick-up because the existing chemistry between the two can spark the confidence and dominance that Sanchez exhibited as a USC Trojan. 

Last season, Turner only played in three games and didn't even have a catch, but he has a large frame at 6'5'' and 220 pounds.  In Miami, Turner was beat out by two undrafted free agents and than placed on waivers.  The Jets decided to claim Turner in hopes that he will be a large target for Sanchez, and help fulfill Santanio Holmes' role while he serves his 4 game suspension for violating the substance abuse policy.  While Holmes is serving that suspension, Turner will take the fourth receiver spot behind Brad Smith, Jerricho Cotchery, and Braylon Edwards.

With Mark Sanchez as his starting quarterback at USC, Turner put up some impressive numbers: 49 receptions, 741 yards, and 10 touchdowns.  Turner has a lot to prove and is now in the perfect position to do so, being reunited with Mark Sanchez on this thriving New York Jets Organization.