Jets release former English discus-thrower Lawrence Okoye

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The Lawrence Okoye-as-football player experiment may be nearing its end.

The former English discus-thrower, who the 49ers tinkered with for three offseasons, has been released by the Jets to make room for the addition of defensive end Shelby Harris.

The Jets signed Okoye to the practice squad in November, trying him as an offensive lineman. That apparently didn’t work, as they moved him back to defense this offseason. The Cardinals also took a practice squad flier on him last year, hoping to tap into his size and athleticism, but it’s never seemed to translate.

The guy the Jets replaced him with was the Raiders’ seventh-rounder in 2014. He played in eight games the last two seasons.

7 responses to “Jets release former English discus-thrower Lawrence Okoye

  1. The Jets have NO starting QB……

    The Bills have Two Ryans as Coaches

    The Dolphins have a Melt Down waiting to happen.

    The Patriots have Ted Olsen and the AFL-CIO and the Truth and Science on their side.

    Another Division Victory coming soon.

  2. Wait, you need more than just combine warrior athletic ability to play football in the NFL? Wow, who knew that?

  3. Hey 3 years of low end nfl money is a lot better than 3 years of whatever discus throwers make, if they get paid at all.

  4. harrisonhits2 says:

    Hey 3 years of low end nfl money is a lot better than 3 years of whatever discus throwers make, if they get paid at all.

    Sad but true. The life of a professional olympic athlete is very hard.

  5. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jun 1, 2016 11:40 AM

    Hey 3 years of low end nfl money is a lot better than 3 years of whatever discus throwers make, if they get paid at all.

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    not sure where this guy would rank, but the top 30% track and field is over 100k generally. Taxi squad minimum is $5-6k/week. so, probably pretty similar

  6. I think NBA would be one of the few pro leagues where pure athleticism **might** get you on the floor after a few years practice squad.

    Other then that extremely remote.

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