Jets add free agent Mohamed Massaquoi to receiving corps

8/23/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe New York Jets have one of the thinnest receiving corps in the league. Additionally, with the most experienced receivers pretty banged up – since Santonio Holmes (foot) and Braylon Edwards (leg) have been out a while with injuries – the Jets have been looking to add veteran presence to the unit. Given there aren’t a lot of veteran receivers on the market this time of the year and Mohamed Massaquoi was released only Monday by the Jacksonville Jaguars, the fifth-year veteran seemed like a viable option for the Jets.
Massaquoi visited the Jets on Wednesday and reached a deal with the team only a day later. He only recently faced off against the Jets, in the Jaguars’ second loss of the preseason Saturday. Massaquoi had two catches for 15 yards in two games for the Jaguars this preseason.
"A tough guy who has been in this system just a little bit. I think he's quite familiar with at least some of our terminology, so that will be a good thing for him,” Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “So there's a lot of things. We're (also) nicked up just a little bit at that spot."
The move doesn’t translate well for the state of the Jets’ receiving corps, since Massaquoi was beat out in Jacksonville by the likes of beat out the likes of Jordan Shipley and Mike Brown – which isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of his capabilities. However, the Jets aren’t any closer to being a great offensive team since they don’t have any sure bets to make the roster behind Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley.
The signing will certainly bolster the Jets’ receiving corps since Holmes’ status remains uncertain weeks ahead of the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Edwards has missed the last four practices with leg issues. Jets coach Rex Ryan won’t rule out Edwards for Saturday’s game against the Giants but he said the signing of Massaquoi adds competition to the position.
"It's not a traditional signing at this stage of the game because you're getting a veteran player, the fact (that) he's had his moments in this league," Ryan said. "He is a good player, and kind of reminds me of Jerricho Cotchery. When he came out, he was a tremendous person and a good football player. Hopefully we'll see that from him here."
Joining the Cleveland Browns as a second-round pick out of Georgia in 2009, Massaquoi caught 34 passes for 624 yards as a rookie, which proved to be the most productive season of his career. Over the last three seasons Massaquoi combined for 84 receptions for 1,121 yards, including just 17 passes for 254 yards and no touchdowns in 2012, so he clearly failed to live up to his drafting potential.
The 26-year-old Massaquoi might be in the mix with Ben Obomanu, Edwards and the undrafted players for one of the Jets’ last roster spots. Edwards had been on the roster bubble prior to the Massaquoi signing since he played almost exclusively with the second and third string offense during training camp. He also failed to crack the lineup this preseason, being limited to a backup role as he caught five receptions for 72 yards over the past two exhibition games.
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