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Jets claim a punter off waivers

Jeff Wolfert, Spencer Lanning AP

The Jets have spent most of the summer with cameras focused on their quarterback non-competition, but they’ll close it with an actual punting battle.

Given the way the offense has looked so far, that might prove to be the more significant battle.

They were awarded punter Spencer Lanning off of waivers from the Browns on Tuesday, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Lanning was waived as the Browns made their way to 75 players and has bounced through the Bears and Jaguars organizations as well since coming out of South Carolina. He’ll try to unseat T.J. Conley, who has had an up and down summer booting the ball.

Lanning was also claimed by the Bears, but the Jets had waiver priority. That’s one of two big indications that the team is worried about Adam Podlesh’s hip flexor injury, which sounds like it will cause him to miss the start of the regular season.

“We’re going to be smart about how we get myself back on the field,” Podlesh said.

The other sign was that they had six punters, including Matt Turk, in on Tuesday for tryouts to see if they want to make a change from Ryan Quigley.

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14 Responses to “Jets claim a punter off waivers”
  1. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 28, 2012 9:01 PM

    The pieces are in place for the Jets to go 7-9.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Aug 28, 2012 9:02 PM

    Gonna need him

  3. waldoampere says: Aug 28, 2012 9:03 PM

    Someone has to tell Mike Tannenbaum that the time to build a team is in March and April, not in late August.

  4. sportmentary says: Aug 28, 2012 9:04 PM

    The Punter might be the only one who score points. Wait a minute, this isn’t the CFL. There’s no rouge rule in effect here.

  5. zaggs says: Aug 28, 2012 9:06 PM

    ST coach Westhoff, miss Weatherford yet?

  6. toonloonboon says: Aug 28, 2012 9:40 PM

    maybe he can play QB and tebow can punt

  7. getyourownname says: Aug 28, 2012 10:51 PM

    waldoampere says:
    Aug 28, 2012 9:03 PM
    Someone has to tell Mike Tannenbaum that the time to build a team is in March and April, not in late August.
    *************************
    He’ll never get the call, his phone doesn’t work.

  8. farvegnugen says: Aug 28, 2012 10:54 PM

    Their pre-season offense has been as bad as my pre-season fantasy team

  9. mynameiscoopermanning says: Aug 28, 2012 10:57 PM

    Hey Rex!! Thanks for Weatherford!

  10. dj121191 says: Aug 28, 2012 11:11 PM

    @toonloonboon
    if tebow is punting, who will be the punt protector?

  11. pftcensorssuck says: Aug 28, 2012 11:40 PM

    “We’re going to be smart about how we get myself back on the field,” Podlesh said

    He didn’t REALLY say that, did he? We, myself ???

  12. bcgreg says: Aug 29, 2012 12:15 AM

    Jets might need 2 punters. One will be worn out by week 8. What’s the record for most punts in a season anyway?

  13. luvnlfe says: Aug 29, 2012 6:55 AM

    According to ESPN with Tebow they won’t need a punter….

  14. mialto says: Aug 29, 2012 9:13 AM

    Jet’s will need a Punter more than the Bears

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