Jay Glazer of FOX reports that reserve quarterback Kevin O’Connell, who was acquired by the Jets via trade with the Lions after being waived by the Pats only a year after entering the league as a third-round draft pick, will be named a team captain for Sunday’s game against New England.
O’Connell will serve as the emergency quarterback. He’ll play only if Mark Sanchez and Kellen Clemens get knocked out of the game. (That said, O’Connell may enter the game in the fourth quarter, without preventing the Jets from using either of the other two signal-callers.)
Glazer also reports that Jets coaches grilled O’Connell all week, and that they got useful information regarding the Pats’ strategies for picking up blitzes.
So maybe O’Connell didn’t get the honor for anything he’ll do on the field, but because of his contributions in the meeting room.
Or maybe Captain Lou Albano is trying to further mess with the man he likely regards as the NFL’s version of Classy Freddie Blassie.