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Analysis Positives: Rangy, athletic build with plenty of room for additional growth. ... Rare initial quickness off the snap. ... Has the speed to quickly force the blocking tackle wide. ... Good flexibility and balance to dip his shoulder and slip under the tackle to collapse the pocket. ... Wide variety of counter moves for an underclassman. ... Good spin and reverse spin and uses his hands well. ... Good hump, rip and swim technique. ... Closes quickly and can explode into the ballcarrier, creating turnovers. ... Impressive lower-body strength to hold up against the run, despite his lack of size. ... Experienced as a stand-up rusher and out of the three-point stance. ... Good lateral quickness and straight-line speed to keep contain and to make plays in pursuit. ... Good change of direction agility and balance to turn and run in space. ... Ascending talent.

Negatives: Bit of a "tweener," surprisingly strong at the point of attack but lacks the bulk and upper-body strength to split double-teams. ... Rarely used in coverage, so transition to 3-4 rush linebacker could take some time. ... Moved around in the FSU defense to create mismatches. ... Struggles of recent FSU pass rushers acclimating to the NFL cannot be ignored.

Compares To: JOHN ABRAHAM, Atlanta -- Brown is not as big as Abraham, unless a Florida State coach handles the measurements (school listed him close to three inches taller than he actually is), but both are elite pass rushers in an age where teams put great emphasis on explosive edge rushers wreaking havoc in the backfield. Some compare Brown to Dallas' DeMarcus Ware, but he does not have the fluid hips to drop back in pass coverage, making it a potential unwise move to plant him in the linebacking unit. History says that Florida State defensive ends rarely excel in the pros, but if used in the right system like Indianapolis utilizes with Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, Brown could be the one to break the Seminoles' jinx.

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and WR Marty Gilyard from the Rams

Pre-draft report

Release: Doesn't always explode off the line because he is a long strider (and sometimes he wants to lull a defender to sleep). When challenged in press, he seems to find another gear after making a hesitation move to freeze the corner. Larger corners who are solid in their technique can knock him off his route; should be most effective in the slot at the next level.

Hands: Inconsistent hands, short-arming quick screens when hearing footsteps on one play then making a highlight-reel grab while flying through the air on the next. Tracks the ball over his shoulder. Will snatch the ball away from his frame and fully extend to bring in wide throws. Excellent body control whether running down the seam or tapping his feet before going out of bounds. Inconsistent adjusting to high or low throws. Lacks the strength to hold onto catches after a big hit, and has ball security issues on kickoff and punt returns.

Route running: Rounds off too many of his routes but occasionally sticks his foot in the ground and comes back at a perfect 45-degree angle on a deep out. Uses head fakes to convince defenses he's running one route before snapping out into another. Best on seam and crossing routes where he runs free before getting the ball in his hands. Not much of a threat to go after jump balls.

After the catch: Although he lacks great timed speed, he is a very elusive runner in space. Shifty hips and superb vision allow him to avoid defenders running by or with him downfield. Much of his production comes off quick screens, where he shows great acceleration after taking in the pass. Perfect for kickoff returns because he has time to get to top speed and finds creases to fly through while on the run. Gets through some arm tackles and had good vision to find openings after first contact.

Blocking: Efforts blocking downfield when the play comes to his side, getting the angle on his man and extending his arms to maintain contact. Simply lacks the bulk and strength to sustain against larger defensive backs for long.

Intangibles: An emotional player who has worked through his troubles making to get back on the field for the Bearcats. Appreciates his stardom and continues to work hard to maintain it. Enjoys working with inner city kids, many of whom have similar backgrounds to his.

NFL Comparison: Steve Breaston, Cardinals

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Jets awarded four players off waivers, including QB Kevin O'Connell; cut Aaron Maybin

Published: Sunday, September 04, 2011, 1:10 PM Updated: Sunday, September 04, 2011, 2:54 PM

By Jenny Vrentas/The Star-Ledger

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baxter.jpgKirby Lee/US PresswireColin Baxter was undrafted out of Arizona and spent camp woth the Chargers.

UPDATED 2:10 p.m: Team announces four players awarded to Jets and the four players cut.

UPDATED 1:48 p.m. Kevin O'Connell awarded to Jets.

In the NFL, final cut-down day is never final, and the Jets proved that once again today.

After trimming their roster to 53 players last night, the Jets have already made four changes. They were awarded quarterback Kevin O'Connell, center Colin Baxter, defensive back Andrew Sendejo and receiver Mardy Gilyard off waivers this afternoon, the Jets announced.

To make space, they also let go three players who had made the initial cut -- linebacker Aaron Maybin, cornerback Isaiah Trufant and nose tackle Martin Tevaseu -- and placed rookie quarterback Greg McElroy on injured reserve with a dislocated right thumb.

"When we get those rosters of all the teams and the guys that were let go, then we’ll look over them," coach Rex Ryan said last night. "If we think there is an opportunity to upgrade our football team, then, obviously, we’ve had a history of doing that, and we’ll certainly look at all possibilities."

The moves addressed two important needs: a healthy No. 3 quarterback and a healthy back-up center. Maybin was kept on the roster last night because of his pass-rush skills, but the team cutting him is not a surprise; the Jets have four other outside linebackers on their roster and had other areas that needed to be addressed.

McElroy was in line to be the No. 3 quarterback before dislocating his thumb in the preseason finale Thursday night, requiring surgery. O'Connell, cut by the Dolphins yesterday, made sense because he already knows the Jets' offense after spending 2009 and 2010 with the team.

Bringing back O'Connell is a more economical option than fellow former Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens, a vested veteran who would be guaranteed his year's salary if on the roster Week 1.

Baxter was undrafted out of Arizona and spent training camp with the Chargers. The Jets lost their back-up center behind Nick Mangold when Rob Turner went down with a broken lower leg in the preseason opener.

This is the Jets' second move to bolster their thin offensive line depth this weekend. Yesterday, they traded for guard Caleb Schlauderaff, a sixth-round draft pick by Green Bay.

Coach Rex Ryan said yesterday that Schlauderaff had some practice at center, but the team could also slide left guard Matt Slauson to center if Mangold needed to be replaced at any point.

Baxter appears to be the new back-up center.

Sendejo was undrafted in 2010 out of Rice and played last season for the UFL team in Sacramento. He then signed with the Cowboys in November, first to the practice squad and then promoted to the active roster.

Gilyard was a fourth-round pick by the Rams in 2010. He was a two-time All-American receiver and kick returner for Cincinnati.

JETS' 53-MAN ROSTER (as of today)

QB (3): Mark Sanchez, Mark Brunell, Kevin O'Connell

RB (4): Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson, Joe McKnight, Bilal Powell

FB (1): John Conner

WR (6): Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, Derrick Mason, Jeremy Kerley, Logan Payne, Mardy Gilyard

TE (3): Dustin Keller, Matt Mulligan, Jeff Cumberland

OL (9): D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Matt Slauson, Nick Mangold, Brandon Moore, Wayne Hunter, Rob Turner, Vladimir Ducasse, Caleb Schlauderaff, Colin Baxter

DL (6): Sione Pouha, Mike DeVito, Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis, Marcus Dixon, Ropati Pitoitua

LB (8): Bart Scott, David Harris, Calvin Pace, Bryan Thomas, Josh Mauga, Jamaal Westerman, Garrett McIntyre, Nick Bellore

CB (6): Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Kyle Wilson, Donald Strickland, Marquice Cole, Andrew Sendejo

S (4): Jim Leonhard, Eric Smith, Brodney Pool, Emanuel Cook

Specialists (3): K Nick Folk, P TJ Conley, LS Tanner Purdum

Injured Reserve: QB Greg McElroy, OL Taylor Boggs

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The Jets added seven players to their practice squad: TE Josh Baker, LB Matthias Berning, G Trevor Canfield, DL Jarron Gilbert, G Matt Kroul, CB Julian Posey and WR Patrick Turner. They have one spot open.

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Jets waiver claims: OL CBaxter from San Diego; WR MGilyard from St. Louis; QB KO'Connell from Miami; S ASendejo from Dallas.

nice list. exactly the positions I was hoping to see. ok, I can go back to my afternoon nap :-)

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yea me neither now-Kentucky sent me a link saying we signed him but now I'm not seeing anything about him either-who knows-sorry if I messed up

It's alright. Kinda want them to grab him that's why I asked. It would make up a little for the Maybin cut which, IMO, doesn't add up unless they have another plan.

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That's pretty solid. Was actually going to post this morning that Gilyard was worth a look. Not sure what the deal with Brown is, he's a pretty small dude and wasn't exactly a sack machine in 4-3. Pretty bad run stuffer too. I wouldn't count on that one being accurate, doesn't make a lot of sense.

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I don't get the Gilyard pickup. The Rams are hurting at WR and released this guy. I get that he was a promising prospect, but that star seems to've faded.

Graduated late from Cinci and didn't have a lot of time to digest the offense. Battled a bunch of hamstring problems and a bad wrist injury (which I think he had surgery on recently) once the season got going. I'm not so sure they're counting on much from him as a WR, but he came on big as a gunner this summer.

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I don't get the Gilyard pickup. The Rams are hurting at WR and released this guy. I get that he was a promising prospect, but that star seems to've faded.

They also cut Donnie Avery FWIW...not sure the logic....they had picked up Sims-Walker and Clayton...not sure what the sory is...

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The Rams had 10 receivers for 6 spots. They drafted two in this year's draft (Austin Pettis and Greg Salas), signed Mike Sims-Walker, and already had Mark Clayton, Danario Alexander, Brandon Gibson, Danny Amendola, Mardy Gilyard and Donnie Avery. Clayton recently got placed on IR.

Avery they cut because he can never stay healthy. Gilyard they cut because they seemingly like the potential of 6-5 Alexander more despite his bad knees. Alexander is sort of like a more talented Patrick Turner for them. They plan to start Sims-Walker with Gibson OR Alexander on the outside and Amendola in the slot. Their rookies were middle-round guys that look like projects.

The fact that they cut Gilyard isn't necessarily a huge indictment about his skill, though there are rumors that he lacks discipline. Even after cutting him and Avery, the Rams still have a 7 receiver logjam at the position. They're not exactly "hurting" at the WR position like slats suggested.

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How could you possibly start this thread, SoFla? It wasnt even a rumor anywhere. Did you misread something?

Kentucky sends me emails every day and he sent one that said this is our new guy-he's usually right on but we took the info from a bad source-it happens

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BTW the Baxter pickup is also pretty solid. He's suspect in pass protection, but he guy showed a lot in the run game and is a pure center. This is actually a project worth being optimistic about.

+1

I'm also a fan of Gilyard, who is a route runner. Not sure why he got cut, but not sure I care either.

I was a very big Everette Brown fan coming out of school, and I'm excited to see him fail or succeed under Rex.

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+1

I'm also a fan of Gilyard, who is a route runner. Not sure why he got cut, but not sure I care either.

I was a very big Everette Brown fan coming out of school, and I'm excited to see him fail or succeed under Rex.

that was a bad report Gato-we have NOT signed Everette Brown

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