Jets cut Weatherford days after signing
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The show’s over for Steve Weatherford and the New York Jets.
The veteran punter was released Wednesday, just four days after he was signed in a pinch while he was in the middle of co-hosting a radio show.
Weatherford punted for the Jets on Sunday at New England as an emergency replacement for Ryan Quigley, who had an infection in his right shin and was unavailable. Weatherford, who played for the Jets from 2009-10, averaged just 40.3 yards, with a net of 30.8, on four punts in the 30-23 loss to the Patriots.
He acknowledged after the game that ”it just wasn’t there,” having not punted in a game since being cut by the Giants last month. Given the timing, the New Jersey resident was the team’s most convenient option, and Weatherford anticipated he would be reunited with the Jets for likely just one game.
Coach Todd Bowles said Monday the Jets would get an update Wednesday on Quigley, who was taking antibiotics, and make a decision on the punting situation. Quigley apparently healed enough for the team to part ways with Weatherford.
”Thank you to (at)nyjets for the fun experience to represent New York once more,” Weatherford wrote on his Twitter page. ”I enjoyed every moment. Best of luck & thank you. (hash)Blessed.”
Weatherford was in a commercial break Saturday on 98.7 ESPN New York when the team called his cellphone and offered him a job. He accepted the gig, but had to rush off the phone as the show went back live on-air.
After finishing the broadcast, Weatherford rushed from the studio in Manhattan and met the team at its training facility before the Jets left for New England.
”Obviously, he is going to be a little rusty because he probably hadn’t punted in a while,” Bowles said Monday. ”I know working out is one thing, but going out there every day and just practicing your craft is another. But under the circumstances I thought he did OK.”
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